Monday, August 31, 2009

Books I am Looking Forward To Reading

I know we all have ever-growing TBR piles (and, in some cases, many of them), but that doesn't stop us from eagerly anticipating new releases. Here are just a few of the recent and upcoming books that I am looking forward to reading.

What about you - any books you are particularly excited for?

Hunt through the Cradle of Fear by Charles Ardai (Leisure Books)

I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Hunt at the Well of Eternity by James Reasoner (interviewed here), and Ardai's three entries in the Hard Case lineup (Little Girl Lost, Songs of Innocence, and Fifty-to-One) are among the best of the bunch, so this should be exciting.

Losers live Longer by Russell Atwood (Hard Case Crime)

Been hearing good things about this from a lot of different people. Plus, the horizontal art by Robert McGinnis is terrific. This one I definitely need to have on my shelf.

The Disassembled Man by Nate Flexer (New Pulp Press)

The best first paragraph to a review I've read all year comes from Jedidiah Ayres. As soon as I read it, I knew I had to get this book. "A wince-inducing front row seat to a soul shredding. It’s so unrelentingly dark, so hopeless and dank, that when the humor rears its fugly head you’ll want to wretch because you laughed. You will hate yourself for those laughs. But you will laugh. And then puke. And maybe chuckle sickly for a few days. And throw up in your mouth a bit. It's not funny. Sort of though."

Death Ground by Ed Gorman (Leisure Books)

Gorman's crime fiction is some of the best stuff out there right now. And word is that his Westerns can be even darker. If you haven't read his latest, The Midnight Room, check it out. (And here's an interview I did with Gorman earlier this summer.)

Between the Dark and the Daylight edited by Ed Gorman and Martin Greenberg (Tyrus Books)

Hell of a lineup of writers for this anthology - the ones I am most looking forward to are Patti Abbott, Charles Ardai, Bill Crider, Megan Abbott, Martin Edwards, Doug Allyn, Bill Pronzini, and Joyce Carol Oates. And that's not even a third of the authors included.

Panic Attack by Jason Starr (Minotaur)

I started the summer off with Fake I.D. (Hard Case Crime) and now, at summer's close, Panic Attack is released. Great way to bookend the season, right? This one I already picked up when he was speaking at The Mysterious Bookshop in Manhattan. Really fun event, and I got the book signed. Yeah, I'm a nerd, I think going to a book reading and getting books signed makes for an exciting week (if not month). Anyway, this book is sure to be awesome and twisted.

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  1. Reading the Hunt. It's great so far, lots of action. And I mean LOTS.

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  2. Hunt is next on my list after Swierczynski's The Blonde. After that, Reasoner's Texas Wind, Jack Martin's The Tarnished Star, and Carlos Ruiz Zafon's Angel's Game. Currently listening to The Return of Tarzan. Just finished Pelecanos's The Way Home.

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  3. Juri - glad to hear that. I need a good dose of action right about now.

    Scott - I just read Texas Wind this weekend. It's terrific. I'm hoping to find time in the next couple of days to write about it for the blog.

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  4. I read Death Ground. It was very good.

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  5. I'm blushing Gallagher. My TBRs have taken over two bookshelves at the house and three more in my head. REALLY excited for new Ellroy and William Gay in Sept.

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  6. I had meant to put the Ellory on the list, Jedidiah. I haven't read the others in the series, however - will that be a problem? Should I read it in order?

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  7. First I've heard of James Reasoner doing Hunt at the Well of Eternity. That man writes faster than I can read. Thanks!

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  8. Disassembled man is dirty, dirty stuff. It's a great read though; old school, sloopy as Hell pulp fiction. And I'll ditto Jed's thoughts about the new Ellroy and Gay. I'm also really looking forward to Slammer by Al Guthrie

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  9. Loved Slammer and The Blonde. Now after reading this post, I'm looking forward to The Disassembled Man.

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  10. Good call on the Guthrie, Keith. Another one I had meant to add. Shit, this list keeps getting longer. I gotta pick up the pace to make room for all of these books.

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  11. I hear you on the TBR piles. I once got some good advice from Patrick Shawn Bagley when I commented that my pile was about to cave in the house.
    He told me you could use the stacks to prop up sagging timbers! Words to live by.

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  12. Cullen - I rather envy your not having read American Tabloid and Cold Six Thousand...YET. I would definitely read those first, hell I should read them again, but the TBRs are too many.

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  13. I can sympathise, Cullen. An interesting selection and I guess I'll be adding a few more to my wishlist. My TBR list on Shelfari is 30, not counting a lot more in my head's wishlist, when the credit crunch stops hurting...

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  14. I'm lucky enougth that the new David Corbett (due next March!) is being sent to me by Mortalis/Random House. Very excited about that.

    Other than that I'm reading a lot of old Jim Sallis and Early Ken Bruen. It's not new, but it's new to me.

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  15. We must be on the same wavelength, Gordon, as I just picked up "A Fifth of Bruen" as well.

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  16. Excellent, now we should get together, write three light harted romps about the trauma of memory (with allusions to literature, pop culture and cinema) and sell 'em to Charles Ardai.

    What you doing next tuesday eve? :)

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  17. Cullen & Gordon--A fifth of Bruen is an AWESOME collection. Fantastic, fatalistic stuff. Funerals literally shaped Bruen's entire career. And any time spent with a James Sallis novel or two is worth it's weight in gold.

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  18. I fancy a bit of that 'Disasembled Man and Dark/Daylight'.

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