I hope everyone had a great weekend. Did you read or listen to any great books last week? I read a book this week that I have been so excited about, Mad Lizard Mambo (Book 2 of the Kai Gracen series) by Rhys Ford. I also listened to one of my all time favorite Neil Gaiman books, The Graveyard Book. Although not in the M/M genre or even considered an adult book. It is an all ages book that I absolutely adore. What are you reading or to listening to this week? Let me know in the comments section.
The three review blogs that post their upcoming schedules for the week have a great line up for us.
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words have their last installment about audiobooks . If you have missed this series, take a look and go back to the first two installments too. There are some great books listed and interesting thoughts on audiobooks from authors,narrators and the reviewers too.
Joyfully Jay Reviews wraps up the September reading challenge with Genre week and The Novel Approach Reviews is joining the American Library Association and the Office for Intellectual Freedom this week for Banned Books Week. Plus they all have a great week of news, reviews, giveaways, and blog tours planned.
Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Narrator: Neil Gaiman
Publication date: September 30, 2008
Length: 7 hours 47 minutes
Genre: All ages (although it is marketed as a children’s books) horror, paranormal, fantasy.
Summary: Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.
There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack – who has already killed Bod’s family.
Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times best-selling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.
Thoughts: I first listened to this book read by Neil Gaiman on his website, Mouse Circus. I was enchanted. I decided to buy the audible edition with Mr. Gaiman narrating it. I adore this story. Perfectly creepy and enchanting. My absolute favorite Neil Gaiman book. Buy the audiobook (I prefer the one that Mr Gaiman narrates because that is how I first heard it and I love his voice) and when you get a moment, go mousecircus.com and watch him read the book. It’s a treat.
I will also leave you with this excellent Review by Sally on Goodreads
Title: Mad Lizard Mambo
Series: Kai Gracen Book 2
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: DSP Publications
Publication Date: September 13, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy, LGBT
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Summary: Kai Gracen has no intention of being anyone’s pawn. A pity Fate and SoCalGov have a different opinion on the matter.
Licensed Stalkers make their living hunting down monsters and dangerous criminals… and their lives are usually brief, brutal, and thankless. Despite being elfin and cursed with a nearly immortal lifespan, Kai didn’t expect to be any different. Then Ryder, the High Lord of the Southern Rise Court, arrived in San Diego, Kai’s not-so-mundane life went from mild mayhem to full-throttle chaos.
Now an official liaison between the growing Sidhe Court and the human populace, Kai is at Ryder’s beck and call for anything a High Lord might need a Stalker to do. Unfortunately for Kai, this means chasing down a flimsy rumor about an ancient lost Court somewhere in the Nevada desert—a court with powerful magics that might save Ryder—and Kai’s—people from becoming a bloody memory in their Merged world’s violent history.
The race for the elfin people’s salvation opens unwelcome windows into Kai’s murky past, and it could also slam the door on any future he might have with his own kind and Ryder.
Thoughts: When I saw that Rhys Ford was coming out with the second book in the Kai Gracen series I was thrilled! I love all of her work and she writes a varied mix of genres. This series is pure urban fantasy. When I finished reading it yesterday the first thoughts I shared where these
“I just finished Mad Lizard Mambo by Rhys Ford. Woohoo! What a ride! Violence, bloodshed, dragons, an arrogant- not so arrogant sidhe lord, a stalker with a gentle heart under a gruff exterior, evil relatives… And did I mention- Dragons. Sigh. When is Kai #3 coming out?”
As you can tell, I was a little excited. This is a fast paced action packed book. I love the world the author has created and the amazing creatures that inhabit it. You really need to read the first book in the series- Black Dog Blues (Kai Gracen Book 1) Then you will be able to jump right into Kai’s next adventure.
This is a great Review for Mad Lizard Mambo by Christy at Rainbow Book Reviews.
The first three blogs listed below detail what they have on tap for us for the coming week. The blogs that follow, are ones that I check periodically throughout the week. They all have wonderful articles, news, reviews and giveaways. Whatever your taste in books, you will find among these blogs.
I hope you have a fantastic week and read (or listen to) some amazing books.
Grab a cup of your favorite brew and enjoy.
This Week at Reviews and Scattered Thoughts on Books
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Love Bytes Reviews came into existence as on 4th of April, 2014, being formerly known as The Blog of Sid Love.
The Blog of Sid Love was started on 12th March, 2013 with a sole aim of promoting those M/M fictions that have quality and uniqueness in them. Like TBSL, LoveBytes struggles to give such books and their works the much deserved recognition by posting reviews, running giveaway contests for the authors, featuring their newly published works for promotion, hosting blog tours, conducting author interviews and lots more!
The blog has received great amount of popularity since its inception. As on date, the blog has caught attention of awesome followers in such a short period of time and brings on approximately 1000+ unique visitors each day (2000+ unique visitors on a peak day!). On an average, three book reviews per day are posted on the blog and there are contests on a daily basis to keep the readers and authors entertained!
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Welcome to Queer Sci Fi. We’re a blog and website that’s all about LGBT characters in science fiction, fantasy and supernatural fiction – whether it’s MM or FF romance with a sci fi bent or sci fi with LGBT characters. We’re dedicated to promoting the inclusion of LGBT characters in these genres.
In addition to hosting the above queer sci fi site, J. Scott Coatsworth has his own site with several weekly features: Author Spotlight, The Weekly Fix and Point of View