1: Other Kingdoms(ARC) – Richard Matheson: a new fantasy/horror novel from the master. Alex white, a soldier, settles in the English countryside after The Great War to rebuild himself, his spirits, his control. He’s warned to stay out of the neighboring woods that are filled with malevolent spirits. Old wives’ tales, right? He has a frightening encounter in the forest and finds himself in the arms of a woman reputed to be a witch. She warns him of the faerie kingdoms along the other edge of the forest.
2: L. A. Mental(ARC) – Neil McMahon: the back cover says “mind game/ thriller, a scientific puzzle wrapped in a murder mystery.” A quote from Jmaes Rollins, one of my favorite authors in the thriller genre. How could I resist?
3: Outies – J. R. Pournelle: third volume in the Mote In God’s Eye series. the first one, THE MOTE…, was superb, the second, THE GRIPPING HAND less so. A bit hesitant here, but what the hell.
4: The Traditional West(ebook) – an anthology of stories from writers of The Western Fictioneers organization. Looking forward to diving into this one.
5: Nine Frights(ebook) – Jeffrey J. Mariotte; a collection of nine horror stories. Most of Mr. Mariotte’s work fits neatly into this genre, whether tie-in or original stuff.
6: The Burning Season(ebook) – Wayne Dundee: the first Joe Hannibal mystery.
7: Cold Vengeance – Preston & Child; the latest thriller from the best-selling duo; Special Agent Pendergast learned in the last book that his wife had been murdered twelve years before instead of a misfire that let the rogue lion rip her to shreds. Now he’s after the killers and je learns some disturbing things about his wife along the way, things she never told him.
8: Massacre of Eagles – William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone: the latest novel in the series about Falcon MacCallister’s wanderings.
9: Cast No Shadow – James Swallow: set years after the Star Trek film, The Undiscovered Country, it’s a sort of sequel as Spock must deal with the reappearance of Valeria, the Vulcan trailtor.
10: Conan The Barbarian – Michael Stackpole: I was a bit leery of this one, the novelization of the forthcoming film, and the fact that most of the Conan pastiches were pretty lame. But I like Stackpole’s writing. So..what the hell!