Down the TBR Hole 24

TBRHole

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.

God's Bankers cover God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican by Gerald Posner

This book still sounds fascinating to me: history of a very secretive place/organization viewed through its accumulation and relation to money. The only way this could be more to my taste would be if it had something to do with magic. I’ll have to settle with just religion. KEEP.

The Bullet Catch cover The Bullet Catch by Amy Axelrod & David Axelrod

Speaking of magic… Oh, this book sounds pretty darn good, settling itself firmly in WWI-era without adding too many bells and whistles. KEEP.

Cinnamon and Gunpowder cover Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown

I think every time I do this there is going to be one of those books that’s probably really good, that I added to my list due to recommendations, but if I haven’t gotten to it yet, I’m probably not going to get to it ever. This is that book this time. GO.

The Girl with No Hands cover The Girl with No Hands and Other Tales by Angela Slatter

I have way too many short stories on my plate as it is. GO.

alt text Great War Fashion: Tales from the History Wardrobe by Lucy Adlington

Ooo, this looks nice and crunchy. I’m not a fashion person, but clothes can tell you a lot about an era. And this is available as a reasonably priced ebook! KEEP.

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

Down the TBR Hole #23

TBRHole

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.

Seer of Shadows cover The Seer of Shadows by Avi

If I remember correctly my niece likes Avi quite a bit. This story, with its history of photography, still interests me. KEEP, though it being YA has been a deterrent thus far.

Arthur & George cover Arthur & George by Julian Barnes

Oh, this is fiction. I am mistaking it for another book, I think. Doyle for the Defence, maybe? GO.

 

Man from Beyond cover The Man from Beyond by Gabriel Brownstein

Another fiction with Arthur Conan Doyle? Once upon a time I put these on my TBR, but that was before a lot of Arthur Conan Doyle nonfiction. GO.

Chaucer's Tale cover Chaucer’s Tale: 1386 and the Road to Canterbury by Paul Strohm

I was ready to send this one packing, that I’d never get to it. But the blurb is really compelling. I love hearing about history as the backdrop for specific people or places. KEEP.

Deadwood cover Deadwood by Pete Dexter

Instead, I think this is going to be the history I’m never going to get to. GO.

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

Down the TBR Hole 22

TBRHole

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.

The Illusionists cover The Illusionists by Rosie Thomas

1885. A woman wrapped up with a magician and his colleagues. Yeah, this still sounds good, but, wow, I like this cover better than the one on Hoopla. KEEP.

 

The Mysteries cover

The Mysteries by Lisa Tuttle

This is one of those foundational text that I’ve heard was quite good, but honestly, I’m never going to get to. GO.

Things Half in Shadow cover Things Half in Shadow by Alan Finn

A reporter and a debunked medium join forces to solve a crime. Yes, please. KEEP. (As an aside, I originally was offered this book as an ARC at NetGalley, but the publisher archived it before they approved me! I won’t hold that against it.)

A Drowned Maiden's Hair cover A Drowned Maiden’s Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz

I have a whole run of séances/mediumship fiction at this point in my list. I haven’t read enough of them to be tired of the tropes. This one, though… We’re beginning with an impertinent orphan. I think I can cull this one from my list. GO.

The Girl in the Glass cover The Girl in the Glass by Jeffrey Ford

Con-men in Great Depression New York, with a tinge of the supernatural. I’m actually weirdly on the fence about this one. I think I’m going to let it GO.

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

Down the TBR Hole 20

TBRHole

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.

The Magician's Wife cover The Magician’s Wife by Brian Moore

The plot has a kinda-sorta historical seed in Robert-Houdin’s visit to Algeria, which is interesting to me. I’ve become a little leery of fictional magicians, but I think I’ll KEEP this one on my list longer. Plus it’s available from Hoopla. I might actually get to it one day!

52 Ways To Magic America cover 52 Ways To Magic America by James Flint

This one is on the opposite end of availability. Maybe it’s more easily gotten in the UK. It’s blurbed at the British answer to Carter Beats the Devil, but it seems much more mainstream and it is contemporarily set. It’s also touted as being well-researched, so I will KEEP it.

The Worst Hard Time cover The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan

The Dust Bowl is something I find fascinating, but don’t know nearly enough about. This was a Nonfiction November recommendation from 2014. Given it’s wide library availability, I’m pretty sad with myself that I haven’t read it yet. KEEP.

The Rabbi and the Hit Man The Rabbi and the Hit Man: A True Tale of Murder, Passion, and Shattered Faith by Arthur J. Magida

I read Magida’s The Nazi Séance (about a Jewish psychic who becomes one of Hitler’s advisors) a couple years back. It was pretty good and the subject of this books seems as eclectic. But if I’m honest with myself, I don’t think I’m ever going to get to this one. GO.

Gretel and the Dark cover Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville

A bit of what I said about The Rabbi and the Hitman goes for this book as well. It’s not that I’ve totally changed my mind and this book is now unappealing; its that its just not compelling enough when I have a couple hundred other books in my queue. GO.

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

Down the TBR Hole 20

TBRHole

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.

The Ghost Club cover The Ghost Club by David Fenton

Man, I do like cover of this one. Magicians? Seances? The story feels a little muddled, but it’s very much up my alley. KEEP, though it seems like the author has pulled it from distribution.

The Two Hotel Francforts cover The Two Hotel Francforts by David Leavitt

I’ve read and enjoyed David Leavitt in the past, but to be honest, I’m not sure I’m ever going to get around to this. Literary fiction feels so very plain to me these days. GO.

A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts cover A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts: A Collection of Deliciously Frightening Tales by Ying Chang Compestine

A collection of Chinese ghost stories described “as a window into the history and culture of China and an ode to Chinese cuisine.” I don’t know why I haven’t read this already. KEEP.

The Traveller in Black cover The Traveller in Black by John Brunner

I think I added this to my TBR because it’s one of those foundational works of fantasy, but upon rereading the blurb and a little extra info about Brunner and The Traveller in Black, I’m not really interested in this now. GO.

Dr. Mutter's Marvels cover Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

I’m still interested in book, so KEEP, but I think I’m a little scared to read it. The early days of medicine sometimes make me amazed that any of us survived at all.

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

Down the TBR Hole 19

TBRHole

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.

 

Preparing the Ghost cover

Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer by Matthew Gavin Frank

Science, history, and giant squids. KEEP.

 

Frankly Disillusioned cover

Frankly Disillusioned by Dean Metcalfe

I have not yet tired of reading the biographies and memoirs of magicians-who-aren’t-Houdini. KEEP.

 

Houdini & Lovecraft cover

Houdini & Lovecraft: The Ghost Writer by Ron Wilkerson

Speak of the devil… I suffer from Houdini fatigue and buddy celebrity fiction fatigue*, so this is GO for me.

*Lovecraft was the ghostwriter on “Imprisoned with the Pharaohs,” a story published by Weird Tales and originally attributed to Harry Houdini. The magazine and Houdini wanted to be mutually beneficial to each other and Lovecraft needed the money.

 

The Bone Key cover

The Bone Key: The Necromantic Mysteries of Kyle Murchison Booth by Sarah Monette

Bride of the Book God 2 recently reviewed this book and I remembered that it was on my TBR. KEEP!

 

Guns of August cover

The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman

I should read this book. Knowing more about the beginning of WWI would be a good thing. By all recommendations, this is one of the best. KEEP.

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

Down the TBR Hole #18

TBRHole

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.

Full Dark House cover Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler

I don’t remember adding this to my TBR list. I’d say my want for historical thrillers has waned, so, GO.

The Bullet Trick cover The Bullet Trick by Louise Welsh

A magician with a shady past opening for burlesque acts in Berlin. You had me at magician, really. KEEP, and it’s available on Hoopla!

Now You See It cover Now You See It by Stuart M. Kaminsky

Since 2013, I’ve gone through phases of adding every book about or with a magician character to my TBR lists. You know what? There are a lot of them! I can be picky! This book is #24 in the Toby Peters series. And honestly, the plot synopsis makes it feel like there is way too much going on in this book for me. GO.

Shell Game cover Shell Game by Carol O’Connell

After saying the above, this mystery thriller still sparks some enthusiasm in me. KEEP.

Poe cover Poe: A Life Cut Short by Peter Ackroyd

I haven’t read a good biography of Poe. This and several other Peter Ackroyd books have been on my TBR list for way too long. KEEP.

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