A sure-fire way to kill the Christmas spirit is to deal with some corporation's customer service over the phone. Good golly, I've done that a couple of times this week and it has nearly sent me into a morbid depression mixed with a feckless rage.
Oh well. I'm gonna try to stay positive heading into the holidays, because I do not want to be the grinch. We all have one in our little family circle or circle of friends, who rears his ugly head this time of year to try and dampen our efforts to make this Christmas special. Not gonna be me. I'm too fat and jolly to be that guy.
Anyway, here are the e-books I've downloaded lately:
King's War by Maurice Broaddus - Earlier in the year I read King's Justice, which was actually the second book in Maurice's Breton Court trilogy. I haven't read the first book, King Maker, just yet but I'll be getting to it by the end of the year. In the meantime, I've got myself a digital ARC of the third book here. If you like your urban fantasy with an Arthurian influence, this is one to check out.
Fingers and Other Stories by Marian Coman - Every now and again I try to read a book by an author who isn't American. You can't live on anglophones alone, ya know. So when given the chance to read this little collection of short stories from Marian, I jumped at the chance. Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews has already given it the thumbs up, so I'm optimistic I'll like it too.
No Shelter by Z. Constance Frost - I stumbled across this e-book early in the summer and thought it looked promising, so I threw it on the ol' wish list. The cover alone hooked me. What the heck is it about a gal with a sword? Anyway, if The Man Eating Bookworm has anything to say about it, then I'm really going to dig this e-book.
The Bleeding Room by Barry Napier - Barry has a new novel out via Graveside Tales and I snagged myself a review copy. Barry is one of those who has been slugging away in just about every medium he can manage, including his graphic novel Birdwatching from Mars. I'll have an interview with him about that book shortly, so stay tuned.
The House Eaters by Aaron Polson - Aaron had a special last week where, with a coupon code, this novel was available for free via Smashwords. I've already got a couple of Aaron's e-books on my to-be-read pile, but I can't pass up free, especially when I know the author can deliver. And, heck, even when it's not free it's a mere 99 cents. Almost free is almost as good.
Kill Them All (Dead Man #6) by Harry Shannon - The Dead Man series was recently snatched up by Amazon's new publishing house, and Harry's efforts are the latest in the adventures of Matt Cahill. I've been a fan of this series since it first came out, so I'm really looking forward to checking this one out and seeing where things go in the main storyline.
Red Penny Papers (Fall 2011 edition) by KV Taylor (editor) - For the last year or more, I've been reading the stories on Red Penny Papers through their website. Then, just by chance, I noticed they had a link to their latest edition available as an e-book on Smashwords--for free! It's already free to read via the website, but the added convenience of the e-book is fantastic. Go download this now!
That's what's on my hard drive. What books have you downloaded lately?