Down the TBR Hole 28

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.

Perilous Life of Jade Yeo cover The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo by Zen Cho

I just mentioned last week that I’ve read some of Zen Cho’s short fiction and liked it. Also, this is set in the 20s and sounds really fun. KEEP!

Shadows in Summerland Shadows in Summerland by Adrian Van Young

There is something about long summaries that make me lose confidence in a story. A book set in the 1850s with the most famous spirit photographer as a character? There’s no way this should be a GO. But it is.

 

Sharkpunk cover Sharkpunk by Jonathan Green

While I have an appreciation of sharks as very important animals, they are also part of my nightmares. I’ll be KEEPing this anthology of killer shark stories.

Go Figure cover Go Figure: Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know by Tom Standage

Tom Standage wrote one of my favorite nonfiction books of all time: The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous Eighteenth-Century Chess-Playing Machine. This book seems like a compilation of lighter, frivolous things, but sometimes you need light and frivolous. KEEP.

alt text The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher

Honestly, I’ve always been a little on the fence about this one, though I’ved like many Ursula Vernon/T. Kingfisher books. I’m not such a fan of marriage-aspected fairy tales. I think I’ll let this one GO.

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

Down the TBR Hole #27

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.

Powers of Darkness cover Powers of Darkness: The Lost Version of Dracula by Bram Stoker & Valdimar Ásmundsson

I like Dracula. I’ve read it three or four times now, and I think I’ll read again after I finish Moby Dick. Powers of Darkness is the translation back to English of Icelandic writer Valdimar Ásmundsson’s translation (and rewriting) of Stoker’s book. I actually did start to listen to an audio version of this and didn’t care for it, but I might have a different reaction to the text. So, KEEP for now.

Cemeteries by Moonlight cover Cemeteries by Moonlight by Hunter Frost

At some moment in the past, I was in the mood for gothicy, romancy mystery/horror, but this sounds a little too cheesy now. GO.

Sorcerer to the Crown cover Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

I’ve read a few of Zen Cho’s short stories and really enjoyed them. The plot sounds charming. KEEP.

Summer in Orcus cover Summer in Orcus by T. Kingfisher

I’m sold at “When the witch Baba Yaga walks her house into the backyard” in the blurb. I’m up for anything Baba Yaga. KEEP.

Sublime Dreams cover Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination by Minsoo Kang

I would love to read this book. I just wish the university press that publishes it wouldn’t charge so dang much for it, or allow wider library availability. KEEP because it is a “wish” list, after all.

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

Down the TBR Hole 26

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 and the Spirits cover The Magician and the Spirits by Deborah Noyes

On one hand, I feel like I should be a completionist. On the other hand, this is a book for younger readers about a subject I know a lot about. So, I think…GO.

alt text A Man of Parts by David Lodge

Ah. This is the historical fiction with H. G. Wells. I’m decidedly less interested in this now that I’ve read more Wells (and enjoyed his fiction). I’ve become increasingly wary of literary fiction about famous people. GO.

Time After Time cover Time After Time by Karl Alexander

But! I still hold out hope for genre books with historical figures. H. G. Well musing on life? Eh. H. G. Wells using his time machine to follow Jack the Ripper into the future? I’m in. KEEP.

alt text Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows by Joshua Reynolds

KEEP. But I should probably read Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days first, huh?

Now You See Me cover Now You See It by Jane Tesh

A mystery involving magicians. Of course, KEEP, even if it is the third in a series.

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

Down the TBR Hole 25

TBRHole

(An occasional series… 😬)

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.

Call for the Dead cover Call for the Dead by John le Carré

I keep meaning to read some of the George Smiley books, but I am rarely in the mood for spy/thrillers. But KEEP, because occasionally I AM in the mood for a spy/thriller. If only Goodreads would let me filter by genre tags…

Chef Maurice #2 cover Chef Maurice and the Wrath of Grapes by J.A. Lang

The next two books on my list are books #2 & #3 of the Chef Maurice series. I’m KEEPing both. I really enjoyed the first and I’ll get to more.

Giving Up the Ghosts cover Giving Up the Ghosts: Short-Lived Occult Detective Series by Six Renowned Authors by Tim Prasil (editor)

Occult detectives are a jam I don’t indulge in often enough. KEEP.

Meditation on Murder cover A Meditation on Murder by Robert Thorogood

I started watching the Death in Paradise series and I didn’t care for it. There are other series that I haven’t been reading (see above), so… GO.

Modern Supernatural and the Beginnings of Cinema The Modern Supernatural and the Beginnings of Cinema by Murray Leeder

I love that special effects are really as old as photography and cinematography and I want to learn more about them. KEEP.

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

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?