Haul & News – 14 June 2014


I’ve decided that each weekend shall be the time I take to discuss books I’ve received to review and/or books I’ve bought the week before, and any news that particular caught my interest.

Books Received:

  • The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne (review) from Hachette
  • Skin Game (The Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher (review) from Hachette
  • The Lascar’s Dagger (The Forsaken Lands #1) by Glenda Larke (review) from Hachette
  • The Falcon Throne (Tarnished Crown #1) by Karen Miller (review) from Hachette
  • After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman (prize from Allen & Unwin)
  • The Last Word by Hanif Kureishi (prize from Allen & Unwin)
  • The Grass Castle by Karen Viggers (prize from Allen & Unwin)
  • The Word Ghost by Christine Paice (prize from Allen & Unwin)
  • Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff (gift from the amazing Sam)

What a haul! It has been some time since I’ve done an update like this, my apologies. I’ve been doing higher duties at work, and went away to an Australian convention in Melbourne called Continuum, and now I’m ill! Still, one must solider on and stop making excuses, so here I am.

Currently up at 6.30am for the NetGalley Wellness Webinar anyhow.

The Girl in the Road is a book that I’ve seen spoken about here and there, but didn’t request it to review as judging is about to kick off and I’m struggling to read off my list of books I wanted to try and get through this year anyhow. I was pleased when it turned up, though! This book doesn’t look like an adult book, but apparently ‘melds the influences of Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, and Erin Morgenstern’.

Skin Game is one of the many Jim Butcher novels in his Dresden series. I enjoy his writing when its short stories, but his novels aren’t my favourite – though they are pretty good. Talk so far seems to indicate that this is one of his better novels, so I hope to jump into reading it soon.

The Lascar’s Dagger is written by one of my favourite authors – Glenda Larke. I adore her writing, and have already read this novel, so I’ll have to be sure to review it asap to spread the word! I’m always hesitant when reviewing my utterly favourite novels, because I worry about doing them justice. I worry about strange things.

The Falcon Throne is another novel that’s caught my eye, but I didn’t request for the same reasons above – judging starts soon, and I’m trying to catch up on other reading! I haven’t yet read anything by Karen Miller, but I’m really looking forward to this title. Getting books like this is great because it encourages me to get through my other reviewing I have currently waiting, so I can get to it quicker!

The next four were received in thanks for donating to an author’s Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser, Allen & Unwin were very kind in sending four great books!

Guy in Real Life is a book I’ve wanted to read for a while, ever since Sam started fangirling it. She was then kind enough to send me a copy because she loves spoiling me – she is really far too kind.


  • Hawkeye & Mockingbird / Black Widow: Widowmaker (Wikipedia)
  • Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Wikipedia)
  • The Invincible Iron Man by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca (Wikipedia)
  • Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland by Craig Hamilton, Jim Fern, Ray Snyder and Mark Farmer (Wikipedia)
  • Fairest: Wide Awake by Bill Willingham, Phil Jimenez, Andy Lanning, Matthew Sturges and Shawn McManus (Wikipedia)

Whilst in Melbourne for the convention I went on a comics kick, as they have an excellent store there called Minotaur. I say that, despite the fact the comics and books are a bit over-priced and they use horrible stickers it’s impossible to get off without using nails/a blade, and copious amounts of eucalyptus oil.

I went on a bit of a Matt Fraction kick too, after enjoying Hawkeye so much. I also miss reading Fables comics, after I lost interest at volume 8 or 12 or something – it just went downhill after that, which is a shame.



Tansy Rayner Roberts is one of my favourite authors. I discovered her work through the attention her Creature Court series received, and was lucky enough to be so late to the party that the second book was already out. Since then I’ve read everything I could get my hands on and now, there’s this. A weekly web-serial that shall run for the next year and a half, called Musketeer Space. Which is going to be a gender-swapped retelling of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, set in space.

To find out more about this, please click here to see Tansy’s blog entry.

Though this project shall be available for free, there’s also the option to become a patreon for as little as $1 a month. To see more about supporting the project, please click here.


For listeners of the podcast Galactic Suburbia, you can now patreon them per episode, and get a bunch of cool incentives along the way! Recently having hit 100 episodes and proud winners and nominees of multiple awards, they’re easily my favourite podcast.

Haven’t listened to the podcast yet? You can do so here, as well as in iTunes.

To see more information about becoming a patreon, please click here.


  • Another Tansy thing! Tansy Rayner Roberts is over on the Tor.com blog re-reading the Empire Trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts. Catch up on what’s happened so far and continue to read along right here.
  • Over on Reddit, Australian author Trudi Canavan had an AMA (ask me anything), and Tor have helpfully provided a summary of highlights.

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