I was originally thinking about discussing library books this week, but December is such a busy month for me that I needed to finish this post well in advance and therefore would probably have already read (or DNF) any library books I had on my radar when I wrote it by the time this goes live.
Therefore, I’m going to be discussing books I’ve bought or downloaded for free but have not read yet (with two exceptions) instead.
Every Thursday, I share a list of free speculative fiction books on Mastodon. Everything but the first book on this list came from those toots, but they may or may not still be free by the time this post goes live.
Here are my answers and why I’m excited about them.
1. The Long Arms by Michael Kanaly
Why I’m Interested: As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m fascinated by Neanderthals and read everything I can find – both fiction and nonfiction – about them. This looks like it could be a great story.
2. Magic, Mistletoe, & Murder by Ruby Blaylock
Why I’m Interested: It’s a cozy mystery set at Christmas. I love reading gentle stories like this sometimes.
3. Neuro Noir by Al Hess
Why I’m Interested: I actually have a review of this book scheduled for January 11, so stay tuned. Artificial intelligence always makes for such interesting protagonists.
4. Devil’s Night – A Halloween Short Story by Richard Chizmar
Why I’m Interested: Halloween is my favourite holiday, so I read a lot books set then so long as they’re not gory.
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5. Hologram Kebab by Phillip Kebar
Why I’m Interested: The title was what first grabbed my attention. Isn’t it creative? My review of this book is scheduled for January 4.
6. Don’t Look Back – Short Halloween Stories by Jason Thomas
Why I’m Interested: See #4. There are never enough non-gory Halloween stories for my tastes.
7. The Ballad of Mary-Anne by Kody Boye
Why I’m Interested: One word – aliens. I think they’re such fascinating things to read about.
8. Free Will by Lisa Shea
Why I’m Interested: Here’s a fun, quick little story for you. My spouse is adamant that free will doesn’t exist. This is not a topic I honestly think about very much, but sometimes I like to tease my spouse a little by picking rabbits or other random creatures and saying those animals have free will but no one else in the universe does. (Yes, we are a little geeky sometimes. Hehe). So I want to read this book mostly because it reminds me of this silly memory.
9. Life on the Other Side by Daniel Powell
Why I’m Interested: The cover looks rather peaceful, while the blurb promises a lot of conflict. I think it’s cool when there’s a little conflict between a blurb and a cover. Which one will win, I wonder?
10. The Fall Of Denver – A Tribute Story to the Original War Of The Worlds By H.G. Wells’ by Richard Paolinelli
Why I’m Interested: I adored War of the Worlds and am so curious to see what a contemporary author does with those ideas.