A new column over at Tor.com.
Jean Johnson, Damnation. Ace, 2014.
Final book in the Theirs Not To Reason Why space opera series. The weakest of the lot, and they didn’t start out particularly strong.
Ilona Andrews, Burn For Me. Berkeley, 2014.
First book in new series. I really dislike Andrews’ tendency to have very controlling men turn up in love interest roles. Otherwise this is a lot of fun, with explosions.
Eileen Wilks, Tempting Danger, Mortal Danger, Blood Lines, Night Season, Mortal Sins, Blood Magic, Blood Challenge, Death Magic and Mortal Ties. Berkeley, 2004-2012.
Urban fantasy series. Good fun, undemanding. Explosions, werewolves, demons, dragons, magic, and people having sex that is entirely too good to be anything but fiction.
Greg van Eekhout, Pacific Fire. Tor, 2015.
Read for review for Tor.com. Good book, heist-thriller-magic stuff. Sequel of sorts to California Bones.
Joanne Bourne, Rogue Spy. Ebook, 2014.
Romance. Spies. Napoleonic war period. Fun, but ahistorical in the espionage nonsense.
Sarah MacLean, Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover. Ebook, 2014.
Romance. Post-Regency pre-Victorian. Lady-owner of casino leading a double (triple?) life under three identities (one madam, one male casino owner, one disgraced lady having borne a bastard daughter) falls in love with a newspaper magnate with secrets of his own. Meh.
Witness my self-restraint: surrounded by books for days on end, I acquired only four: Karina Sumner-Smith’s RADIANCE, Eileen Wilks’ TEMPTING DANGER, and Eva Stachniak’s THE WINTER PALACE, and this other book, THE FIREBIRD, which Simon & Schuster was handing out free. (They were also handing out magnets. I have two.)