Chasing Tale is a regular look at the books that I recently added to my to-be-read pile. Some are advance review copies, some I bought from one store or another, and others are freebies from promotional offers that caught my eye.
Banned Books Week is quickly approaching and that means we get to read about all of the addle-brained dipsticks out there trying to ban books from libraries, because gawd forbid their little one reads a book with a gay character, or includes a four-letter word, or features teenagers acting like--gasp!--teenagers.
Every year this thing comes around and every year I am astounded by the willful ignorance of anal-retentive snivelers. What's more, it would not surprise me in the least to find out the people raising a stink over a book in the school library are the same people raising a stink over the healthy food being put into the school cafeteria. Gub'ment got no bid'ness banning french fries! What they oughta do is get rid of them gay agenda books they keeping sneaking onto the shelves--I KNOW WHAT THEM PENGUINS IS UP TO!
Look, if you want to deprive your children of literature as misguidedly as you deprive them of nutrients, that's your business. Be an asshole, but do it in the comfort of your own home and keep that nonsense away from the schools, because the only thing threatening the well-being of our kids is you.
Now, as for my own bookshelves, which are thankfully safe from the assholes of the world, I added some more books to them. Take a look and let me know what you added recently to your own shelves.
Exquisite Death by various authors - I don't think I've ever reviewed an audiobook on the blog before. So this new anthology just might be the first in that department. It features a fair number of authors whose work I'm already familiar with, like Anthony J. Rapino, Cate Gardner, and Benjamin K. Ethridge, and after listening to the first couple of stories I am already digging it.
The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on Tor.com by various authors - This e-book came free via Tor.com and, boy, is it huge. I thought it might be a selection of the best from the five years they've been posting short stories on their website. Nope, this thing might be all the stories. Aye chihuahua.
Engraved on the Eye by Saladin Ahmed - Ahmed's novel, Throne of the Crescent Moon, has garnered a lot of praise over the last year or so. Turns out he has quite a few short stories to his credit as well, and wouldn't you know he offered this collection as a freebie. Sweet.
The Point by Gerard Brennan - This is a new novella published by the lads at Blasted Heath. I can't recall reading any Irish noir yet, so maybe this'll be a good place to start. There's already a sequel called Breaking Point that's set to release in the near future, too.
Tell My Stories to the Stones by Christopher Golden - I've seen Christopher's name on a lot of tie-in novels, but he's an accomplished short story writer, too. Chizine Publications has this new collection of his stories out now and ought to be a really fun read.
Baby, You're As Sweet As 3.14159265 by Hog Wild - Aside from research, the only other time I pick up a nonfiction title is if there's a chance it'll make me laugh. HogWild, a stand-up comic out of New York, and after checking out a couple pages of this book, this book looks more promising than its title.
Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn - Imagine a world where everyone can read each other's minds, and those who can't--and in turn can't be read themselves--are treated as pariahs. Now imagine a girl in this world who can't read minds, but can control them. Pretty nifty hook, huh?
Celestial Inventories by Steve Rasnic Tem - Here's another short story collection published by Chizine, featuring more than twenty stories from an author who has dipped his toes into just about every genre you can think of. While some of the stories are apparently from "Best of" anthologies, others come from rare releases and hard-to-find magazines.
Celebromancy by Michael R.Underwood - This is the sequel to Underwood's Geekomancy, I saw this one on sale this summer for a few bucks, so I scooped it up. I haven't bought the first book yet, but I've heard great things and a nice sale price on this one was a good enticement.
The Hot Rock by Donald E. Westlake - I've been meaning to check out Westlake's Dortmunder series, and I managed to track down a cheap paperback copy of the first book, here. Heist novels aren't something I've read a lot of, but I love a good caper movie, so I figure I should be reading more novels in the genre. Makes sense, right?