A week has gone by, and I've discovered a few more goodies courtesy of the Poisoned Pen's monthly newsletter. It remains to be seen how my new book acquiring will be changed in view of the FTC's newest regulations. I'm going to stop including links to bookstores and to start telling everyone the provenance of each book I review while waiting for the dust to settle.
It's only been in the past few months that the world of Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs) has opened up to me. Before then I had absolutely no trouble acquiring books to read, and if I should be forced to stop accepting ARCs, I'm sure I can return to the old ways with scarcely a hitch in my stride. What does worry me is the effect this may have on writers and publishers and the whole business of getting books out there... talked about, bought, and read.
If the FTC believes being given an ARC which cannot be resold is being paid or compensated for a good review, I know of a "few" book bloggers who could prove this bunch wrong. I've tried to sell books on eBay in the past, and they won't move unless they're dirt cheap. (It's why I became a member of Paperback Swap!) I certainly can't afford to read ARCs and mail them back to publishers, and I doubt that many of us can.
If many book bloggers have to stop accepting advanced reading copies, how is this going to effect writers and publishers who've already seen newspapers cut them out of the loop? This is what concerns me most because I love books and I want everyone to pick up books and enjoy reading them. We shall see what happens.
To get back on track, here are four new books that have caught my eye. If you find one that looks good to you, you're going to have to track it down yourself, since I'll no longer be including links, but one thing I do know is that dedicated readers won't let a piddly detail like that slow them down! (By the way, the book descriptions are from the Poisoned Pen newsletter.)
Ghost à la Mode by Sue Ann Jaffarian. "Granny was famous for her award-winning apple pies-- and notorious for murdering her husband Jacob at their homestead in Julian, California. The only trouble is, Granny was framed, then murdered. For more than a century, Granny’s spirit has been searching for someone to help her see that justice is served—and she hits pay dirt when she pops in to a séance attended by her great-great-great-granddaughter, modern-day divorced mom Emma Whitecastle. This sleuthing duo begins work on Granny’s unjust murder rap in the final days of the California Gold Rush. A new series start from the author of the Odelia Grey series."
The Godfather of Kathmandu by John Burdett. (One of my favorite series.) "Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep’s travel through three cases evoked a spellbinding city [Bangkok]. So, while Sonchai’s 4th case is no less inventive nor rooted in violence (here the drug trade battle between Police Colonel Vikorn who has just named Sonchai his consigliere having been studying The Godfather on DVD, and Arm General Zinna), it’s more reflective. We’ve got a cop who can’t recover from the grief of losing his son in a street accident and his wife to a nunnery for her own path, and the arrival of an exiled Tibetan lama based in Kathmandu who becomes Sonchai’s guru once he arrives in Nepal. The enlightened Tientsin can initiate Sonchai into “apocalyptic Buddhism” while offering $40M in heroin to fund his design. Sonchai meets Tara, a Tantric practitioner with otherworldly techniques, further screwing up a clear path to Nirvana. It’s an interesting test of our man in Bangkok as a man, a Buddhist, a (former) husband, a (also former) parent, and a cop."
Girl With Skirt of Stars by Jennifer Kitchell. "A murdered Navajo grandfather, symbolically marked, is found in the strange landscape of the hoodoos. Lilli Chischilly’s woos spiritual balance, at the heart of her culture, and wonders why her boss at the Navajo Nation’s Historic Preservation Department is (literally) sending her down river with a front-running Mormon political candidate."
Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris. (Another of my favorite series.) "A new case for Harper Connelly. Harper you recall was struck by lightning and now has unusual powers, plus a dysfunctional set of relatives and friends in that Southern style, and a lot of oddball incidents thrown her way.
These are my new picks this week. I hope one or two appeal to you as well!
As for the new FTC regulations, do any of you have any concerns about the way things might change?
My Book Rating Scale:
A+...Don't delay, get your hands on a copy of this book!
A...I loved it!
B...I really liked it.
C...I liked it, with a few reservations.
D...I finished it, but it's not my cup of tea.
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