Down the TBR Hole 29


This is a meme started by Lia at Lost in a Story. The “rules” are:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’m modifying this a little since my to-read shelf is a mess of books that are mostly in storage. Instead, I’m going to look at my wishlist—all those books I add on a whim during my travels around the book blogging community—and weed out the ones that don’t quite sound as good now. The “keepers” I’m going to look for at online libraries or add to my Amazon wishlist.

Stories of a Street Performer cover Stories of a Street Performer: The Memoirs of a Master Magician by Whit “Pop” Haydn

Pop Haydn is such a storyteller. Don’t believe me? Watch Pop Haydn and the Shell Game. KEEP.

Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell cover Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell by Paul Kane

This is a mash-up of Sherlock Holmes and Clive Barker’s Hellraiser series. I’ve heard it’s fairly decent and I’m still willing to believe that despite my tiring of Holmes pastiche. KEEP.

London Falling cover London Falling by Paul Cornell

I’m sure I had a good reason for putting this book on my TBR. It doesn’t sound bad, but it doesn’t seem like anything I’ll really get around to reading. GO.

Dancing in the Operating Room cover Dancing in the Operating Room by Bruce Davis

Bruce Davis was a guest at WesterCon back in 2017 and did a great talk on possible medical emergencies in space and writing realistic wounds. Good stuff. This is his book of essays about his career as a trauma surgeon. KEEP.

What Ho, Automaton cover What Ho, Automaton! by Chris Dolley

I like the concept of steampunk more than I’ve ever liked any steampunk fiction. On top of that, I find that I’m not much of a fan of Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster. So, GO.

Anyone have any experience with any of these? Any arguments for KEEP or GO?

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