As usual I read a lot of stuff last month but a few really stand out.
Smooth Talking Stranger, copyright 2009, by Lisa Kleypas. I have to admit that this book hit all of my romance cookies. And I can’t say another thing about it because I don’t want to spoil it for you. This is one I’ll reread again because it was so satisfying.
The Big Sleep, copyright 1939, by Raymond Chandler. I was familiar with Chandler’s work because of Bogart playing his famous private eye, Philip Marlowe, in the film of the same name, but I had never bothered to actually read one of his books. I’m so glad I picked this up. I loved the story, loved the language/slang, loved the slow reveal of the mystery. I’ll be reading more of Chandler’s work now that I know how much I enjoy it.
Raw and Red Hot by Jonathan Shaw Harvard Magazine May/June 2019 A very interesting piece on how science is beginning to link inflammation with almost every chronic disease known.
The Lost Princess Man by John Barnes, Galactic Empires, copyright 2017, anthology edited by Neil Clarke. Usually I like maybe half of the stories in an anthology. Mr. Clarke did a fabulous job putting Galactic Empires together. I enjoyed most of the stories in it.
Looking Through Lace by Ruth Nestvold, Galactic Empires, copyright 2017, anthology edited by Neil Clarke. Another great story from this anthology. I liked so many that I’m not going to list anymore titles. I read the stories in between books last month and was sorry to finish it. Pick up this anthology if you enjoy space opera. You won’t be disappointed.
I am slowly collecting the Junkyard Dog novellas into collections of three in between writing a new sci-fi series (the first book in the new series will be published in July). The second collection is now available at a discount to buying each novella separately.
Collection 2 contains Ruby City, Double Cross, and Spider Silk. Descriptions can be found on the Junkyard Dog page here.
Click the link to find at your favorite retailer: http://books2read.com/u/3LKvD1
I’ve decided to post a free science fiction short story today instead of writing a post.
In Songs For Rats two sisters each carry a hidden secret regret. Did one cause the death of their parents? You can read Songs For Rats here for one week only.
I’m sorry, Songs For Rats is no longer available. look for another free story in early July.
Photo: Wood Duck family on a Log copyright Gunsmith Photo. If you look closely at this image you’ll see the baby Wood ducks nestled under mama. Shots like these take patience to get, especially when the subject is looking right at the photographer.
The List: I read a lot last month, partly for a workshop I was doing, partly because we lost power for most of two days and there was little else I could do, partly because April weather essentially sucked, and mostly because I love to read and read something every day.
I read a wide variety of fiction and several non-fiction environmental studies during April. I had a few disappointments that surprised me. I won’t name the authors because I’m not into bashing a fellow writer. Suffice it to say they weren’t to my taste.Read More
Who doesn’t enjoy pictures of puppies or kittens? This photo is of my ivory lab the day I brought her home four years ago. Ziva now weighs 65 pounds and is immensely strong, intelligent, and never fails to entertain me.
THE READING LIST: I reread a few favorite novels this month but mostly it was a month for reading short stories. I love when I discover new writers and I discovered a few this month whose work I’m going to look for. Here’s a partial list of the ones that stuck with me:Read More