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Sunita’s Top Reads of 2012

I struggled to come up with my list this year, and that is my excuse for being pathetically late (is it still 2012?). A few books went on automatically as soon as I read them, while others took more agonizing over. Slightly more than half are by authors I’ve read and admired in the past, but the rest are new to me. Looking over the final list, I gave special consideration to books that were unusual or pushed against genre conventions. But I also enjoyed stories that adhered to the standard romance framework and executed it really well.

The list is in alphabetical order by (lead) author’s last name.

Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (review to come). The latest installment in the Vorkosigan series, this is Ivan’s story. It’s been ages since I last read a Miles book, but I was immediately immersed in the world. Bujold makes Ivan competent and hero-ish without altering his character from the previous books, and even though I’d forgotten a lot about the Vorkosigan universe I was rarely lost. It speaks volumes for Bujold’s skill that I think a newbie could start here and still get a great deal of pleasure from reading it. And for Miles veterans, it’s wonderful to see Ivan finally get center stage, with enjoyable supporting turns from the rest of the cast.

Lean on Me by HelenKay Dimon (review here). Generally I’m not a fan of small-town family series, but I followed Dimon here from her Romantic Suspense categories and she totally won me over. The heroine is a driven, ambitious, solitary mountain climber who has to find a new profession, and the hero is a high-school quarterback star turned small-town businessman. It’s a an excellent example of a well-known setup being given new life through skillful execution and judiciously applied twists to the formula.

The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand (review here). I read this two weeks after returning from a Paris vacation and felt as if I right there again. The heroine can be a bit annoying, but the hero is scrumptious: he’s confident to the point of arrogance about his gifts, but he also recognizes his limitations and others’ strengths. The romance is terrific and the patisserie setting will make you head for the kitchen even if you’ve just finished a meal.

One Starlight Night by Carolyn Jewel (novella in Midnight Scandals anthology, review here). I don’t know why readers don’t talk about Jewel the way they talk about Thomas, Duran, Milan, and other authors whose writing style is beloved by so many. Jewel is one of the best writers of historical romance, in my opinion; her prose creates a hypnotic, seductive world in which anything can happen. She writes stories that resonate for readers today without doing violence to the historical record and without turning her 19th-century characters into visitors from the 21st century. The romance in this novella is intense and gripping, and while the context and backstory are sketched rather than spelled out, I was so caught up that I barely noticed.

Irregulars by Nicole Kimberling, Josh Lanyon, Astrida Amara, and Ginn Hale (review to come). I’m reading less m/m this year, but this book would stand out in any year, among books from any genre. The four novellas can be read independently, but you wouldn’t want to because the way they are linked is so ingenious. Each story reflects the style and sensibility of the author who wrote it while at the same time adding aspects that aren’t in the authors’ solo-authored works, and together they create a cohesive, fascinating world. This is a book that rewards careful reading and can be reread more than once.

Dark Soul series by Aleksandr Voinov (reviews here, here, and here). Part 1 starts out looking like a skillfully executed but predictable mobster m/m story and then becomes much, much more. There’s BDSM, gender-fluidity, happy married heterosexuals, mayhem and violence, and that’s just in the first half of the series. The characters are all complex and nuanced, and Voinov never takes the obvious path. The later installments are weighed down by the complexity of the interlocking individual stories and there are a few too many important characters, but the twists and turns keep coming, right up to the surprisingly optimistic ending.

The Girl With the Cat Tattoo by Theresa Weir (review here). A poignant, bittersweet, but ultimate uplifting novella narrated by a very endearing cat. I swore I would never read cat books but not only did I read it, I loved it. Max is most definitely a cat, with no superpowers other than the ability to narrate this story. Through his eyes we see his human, Melody, and her attempt to build a life as a young widow. The book has the dark themes that mark other books by Weir, but it is also witty and humorous, and there is most definitely an HEA for Melody. Max, on the other hand, has just begun his adventures.

 

Sunita has been reading romances since she ran out of Cherry Ames, Student Nurse and Chalet School books and graduated to Mary Stewart and Georgette Heyer. Other old favorites include Mary Burchell, Betty Neels, Elsie Lee, and Edith Layton. Among current writers, she reads and rereads Anne Stuart, Tamara Allen, Sarah Morgan, Marion Lennox, Josh Lanyon, and Susanna Kearsley. She blogs as VacuousMinx and tweets as @sunita_p.

47 Comments

  1. Ros
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 10:13:15

    The Jewel novella was the first thing I read of hers and I really liked it. So then I tried Not Wicked Enough and found it boring. Perhaps because there was so little by way of plot and conflict, even the prose started to grate on me. I’ll give her another go with One Starlight Night.

  2. Rosario
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 10:39:06

    Definitely not late, I always leave posting my lists to early January, hoping my very last read of the year will sneak in!

    Jewel is a weird one for me. Her plots appeal to me and I tend to share a taste with those who love her. And yet, I’ve tried two of hers and the writing just doesn’t click with me. It’s the same with Jo Goodman, actually.

  3. Jayne
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 10:43:50

    I want more Max! Weren’t we promised more about Max and his siblings?

    And I totally agree about Laura Florand’s heroes. Sinfully delicious.

  4. Juliana Stone
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 10:55:32

    Wow, I just bought the cat book! Your review was beautiful and I read the sample. Thanks for this jewel, it sounds perfect!

  5. Liz Mc2
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 11:18:26

    This is a wonderfully eclectic list. The only one I have read is the Weir, which I also really enjoyed, but a number of them are TBR thanks to you.

    I think “hypnotic” is a great way to describe Jewel’s writing. I liked both Not Wicked Enough and Not Proper Enough (the latter more) and described the first as “theatrical” and the second as “dream-like.” There’s a kind of heightened reality in the world she creates. Ros, you might like Jewel’s Scandal. I think it’s still my favorite of hers, and she does interesting things with the reformed rake.

  6. Keishon
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 11:37:58

    I have to agree with Liz Sunita, what a wonderfully eclectic list. Think I will try the Florland title. Happy New Year to you and everybody at DA.

  7. Sirius
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 11:38:42

    I can’t wait to read Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance. I love Luis McMaster Bujold’s works (all but Sharin knife stories) but Miles is my favourite.

    Irregulars were superb, I so agree and I so miss you guys reviewing more mm ;). Funny you reminded me of Dark soul series – I remember agonizing of whether I should read it or not because of the ending and eventually was very pleased that I decided not to. The more I heard from friends who read it, the more I realized that it was not for me.

    The only other read in your list I am interested in was The girl with the cat’s tatoo. I remember reading your review for the first time and wanting to ask you how bittersweet and poignant the ending was, but got totally distracted and usually pure het romance is not high on my list of priority reading. So I am asking now would you please tell me how bittersweet it is? I mostly want to know if any of the main characters dies at the end, could you email me?

    Thanks so much Sunita and Happy New Year.

  8. Jody W.
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 12:16:03

    Sucker for anything with cats, and I liked the Cat Tattoo story as well. I believe I first saw it mentioned here. Thanks!

  9. Janine
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 12:37:21

    I don’t know why readers don’t talk about Jewel the way they talk about Thomas, Duran, Milan, and other authors whose writing style is beloved by so many. Jewel is one of the best writers of historical romance, in my opinion; her prose creates a hypnotic, seductive world in which anything can happen.

    Jennie and I have raved about her writing here and here. I even list her in my bio as a favorite author. I don’t know why the rest of Romancelandia hasn’t noticed, but I’m glad you mentioned it.

    With that said, while I really liked the novella in Midnight Scandals, I thought the heroine’s secret should have been revealed to the reader sooner. Without knowing what lay in the main characters’ past, the initial interactions between them read like lust without much emotion. Once I knew what had gone down years before, the whole tenor of the novella changed and it became quite poignant.

    I haven’t read any of the other works on your list, but I’ve been interested in several. I have The Irregulars and The Chocolate Thief in the TBR pile, so it is great to hear you liked them so much.

  10. cleo
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 14:23:57

    @Sirius: none of the main characters die. There is a mystery but no body count.

  11. cs
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 14:31:04

    I was wondering if Dear Author was getting anyone in to review more M/M books? I saw that Sunita had eased of with the genre and not going to lie makes me sad, cause I adored reading your reviews. Just wondered.

    I agree about the Dark Souls series. I liked the first two and then yeah the rest went a bit all over for me. I’m going to get Irregulars looks like a good read :)

  12. cs
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 14:33:56

    @Sirius: I read DS because of Sunita and I really enjoyed the first two books. The rest kind of made me shake my head. I’m sad about the m/m reviews too. Oh and can I add I bought a book you recommended “Gives Light” I’m only 32% into love it so much I bought the second book in the series.

    /sorry for derailing there.

  13. Sirius
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 14:38:59

    @cleo: Thank you very much :)

  14. Sirius
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 14:42:19

    @cs: Sorry for the derailing as well, but thank you cs :-). I cannot sing enough praise to Rose Christo. I love these series, even though first one is my absolute favourite. Second and third may have needed some cutting (not much IMO) and as my friend said with just a little bit tighter editing it may have been one perfect perfect long book. But regardless she is my favourite discovery in 2012, this author I mean. I finally also bought hers “Somebody else’s war’ but the subject upsets me so much (kids in Uganda) that I still have not read it.

    Sorry Sunita!

  15. Ros
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 15:07:13

    @Liz Mc2: Thanks, Liz, I’ll try that one. Reformed rakes are my favourite kind.

  16. cleo
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 15:30:24

    Irregulars sounds great, but I could only find it at Amazon and only as a pricy paperback. Bummer.

  17. cleo
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 15:37:06

    @Sirius: You’re welcome – it’s a great story. It’s a bit darker than you might expect from a book narrated partially by a cat, but it’s not really dark. I read it while waiting for my annual mammogram and it was perfect for that – funny, compelling, touching, able to make me forget that I was sitting in a waiting room wearing a pink hospital gown.

  18. Susan
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 15:43:38

    I’ve downloaded a number of these books, but have only actually read the Weir book–which I LOVED. I keep checking to see when the next book will be out. Hurry up, Ms. Weir!

    Irregulars isn’t available on Kindle yet, but I’ll DL it as soon as it is. I have most of Lanyon’s books in paper and/or ebook. I’m waiting for another Holmes and Moriarity book to come out. Hurry up, Mr. Lanyon!

    It’s so hard to be patient sometimes. :-)

  19. Sirius
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 15:49:09

    @cleo: Here is the link , hopefully it works – this publisher used to specialize only in print (and I think they are one of the few very best in mm market, maybe because they are so tiny in the first place) but now they do ebooks too, but it still takes ages to get them on amazon. This page should have the link to ebook from weightless, and I am pretty sure they have mobi format.

    http://www.blindeyebooks.com/irregulars/

  20. Sirius
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 15:49:49

    @cleo: Buying it now :)

  21. leslie
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 16:04:01

    Great list Sunita. Happy New Year!

  22. cleo
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 16:10:29

    @Sirius: Thanks! Buying it now :)

  23. cs
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 19:06:16

    @Sirius: I bought it once I saw your review and I left it for awhile and then started reading it randomly at 1AM and had to force myself to stop. I read some slight criticism that shared the same opinion as you. I’m looking forward to seeing if I share the same opinion or not. However, I am having so much fun reading this book. I am so glad you spotted her I found two “new to me” authors and some of the best/fun books I have read this year. I’m happy to add Rose to that list thanks to you.

    P.s. do you have a goodread page at all?

  24. Sunita
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 19:20:08

    Wow, what a wonderful convo! I didn’t set out to make an eclectic list, but when I went through my recommended reads and top reviews for the year, there is was. Making the list is painful, but remembering the great reads is so much fun. I really hope we get Max’s siblings’ stories. I know Weir had them in mind, but I don’t have any more recent news than that.

    For those who enjoyed the Florand, I’m working on a review of the next book in the series, The Chocolate Kiss and it’s terrific as well.

    Rosario, I think we all have authors that our friends love that we don’t connect with. *blasphemy alert* Mine is Judith Ivory. Go figure.

    I’m really enjoying reading your recommendations and discussions of good books, so don’t even think of calling those comments derailing. ;)

  25. Janine
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 19:30:33

    @Rosario: I don’t have that issue with Jewel, but I do with Jo Goodman. I always feel like her prose is getting in the way of a good story.

  26. Sunita
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 19:39:07

    I wanted to explain a little bit why I’ve been reviewing fewer m/m romances. I went through a huge reading slump over the summer and fall, so I was reviewing less of everything, but even less m/m.

    First, I’ve really burnt out on the sex-heavy and/or issue-heavy romances. m/m seems particularly susceptible to taking weighty, emotionally fraught topics, waving them around alongside the romance, and then either dropping them or tying them up with far too neat a bow. I finally got to the point where when I see lots of angst or a Big Issue in the blurb I just keep going. Second, we made the collective decision at DA not to review Riptide Publishing’s books for a year because of our conflict of interest after SarahF began her position as editor. That embargo will end in mid-2013 or so, and I look forward to not just reading Riptide books (which I do now) but reviewing them as well.

    Third, I don’t review Dreamspinner Press books for reasons that came to a head in February 2012. If I did, I would have instantly reviewed and recommended Sean Kennedy’s Tigerland. I loved it and wished so much that I could have put it on this list. Oh well. You should all read it.

    Fourth, Josh Lanyon, Ginn Hale, AND Tamara Allen failed to put out new novels this year! Argh! Lanyon did publish two short stories, both of which I read and enjoyed and one of which I think is an absolutely lovely example of what a short story should be: not a vignette, not an advertisement for a larger work, but a work that shows off the form. Lanyon just released a new Christmas short but I haven’t read it yet, and my understanding is that he has a full roster of upcoming novellas and novels (including a Holmes & Moriarty, Susan!).

    And Sirius, thanks for posting the link to Blind Eye Books. Their e-tailer, Weightless Books, has non-DRM, multiple-format ebooks and I’ve had excellent experiences using them.

  27. Elyssa Patrick
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 20:13:02

    What a great list, Sunita. And it’s because of you that I even read Florand in the first place when you first reviewed her debut. And, omg, I LOVED The Chocolate Kiss. I’m totally hoping a certain chocolatier (first name begins with D) gets his own book.

    I think I’m going to have to pick up the Weir novella, too.

  28. cs
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 20:16:25

    @Sunita: I totally understand your stand regarding M/M books in 2012. I only read two/three A-level books (and Tigerland was the book of 2012 for me. Yes people need to read it).

    I understand DA’s position on Riptide Publishing. I admit they aren’t a publisher I visit at all. I would only go there because Abigail Roux has started publishing with them. It’s a shame about Dreamspinner because they do have a few authors on their roster that are great writers.

    I think DA does a great job covering and reviewing straight books very well. Lanyon, Hale and Allen are big names in this genre. Hopefully we can get some other authors reviewed as well when the opportunity arises. It’s a hard business when books don’t catch your attention and reviews become like chores. I had a horrid time with this genre for 2012; so I can definitely understand the less reviews.

  29. Sunita
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 20:24:55

    @Elyssa Patrick: Have you read the short story she wrote for an anthology? It’s not as fabulous as The Chocolates, but it’s well worth reading. And I also really liked the .99 novella she released a couple of months ago.

    Oh, let’s face it. Florand is going to have to work overtime to write something I don’t like. At some point I’ll have to hand her off to someone else to review. But right now she’s MINE, I tell you! MINE!

  30. Sunita
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 20:29:25

    @cs: Thanks, I appreciate it. I love getting recommendations for new books and authors, so I’m taking notes here, and I hope m/m readers will post their recommendations in the monthly readers’ threads. I always look there.

    Joanna Chambers has a new m/m romance coming out with Samhain later in 2013. I read an early version of it, so I won’t be able to review it, but I really enjoyed it and will be sure to post in the readers’ thread (with appropriate disclaimers) when it’s about to be released.

  31. Jorrie Spencer
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 21:08:26

    I enjoyed reading your list! Even if I haven’t read most of the books. I did love Irregulars, and have been reading Ginn Hale’s backlist, Lord of the White Hell (very good), and now starting Rifter. I also intend to read Ivan’s book, since I have read all Vorkosigan books to date and am a big fan of Bujold.

  32. Brie
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 22:12:52

    I’m deliriously happy to see Irregulars made your list. I read it earlier this year, but I knew it would be on my list, and it ended up being the only M/M I trully enjoyed this year. I must be the only person who didn’t like Tigerland at all.

    Carolyn Jewel’s novella was wonderful. It was my first time reading her and I fell in love with her voice. It’s good to see authors taking risks and pushing genre boundaries, which I think she did in that story.

    I just bought The Chocolate thief, and I’m enjoying it. I was hesitant to read it because I didn’t like the novella and couldn’t even finish Blame it on Paris. But this one is working for me, so thanks for the rec. Third time apparently *is* a charm.

  33. Merrian
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 00:25:38

    As I have been reading highlights and best of posts from book bloggers I follow I have been reflecting on my 2012 reading which has been mainly of the’ dive in and hide from my life’ variety. This means I don’t often care for ‘quality’ (whatever that is) but read for the feelings that the story creates in me.

    I am finding lots of quality reading in the m/m genre however, and I have realised that the fantasy and SFR reading I like is more likely to be found in m/m as well. I haven’t parsed out the ‘why’ of that yet, but it has me thinking about why m/f SFR and fantasy doesn’t work as well for me. One problem is – I think, that these sub-genres are not reflexive when it comes to gender roles and I think I expect more exploration of possibilities in a story set in alternate or future worlds.

    I am reading Megan Derr’s neo-Victorian with vampires and draugr “Midnight’ at the moment and have Amy Lane’s similarly set ‘Under the Rushes’ in my TBR. I also read and very much enjoyed Lisa Henry’s ‘Dark Space’ which is SFR and I would call a B+ read for me.

    I share the love for Irregulars and for Dark Soul and Tigerland mentioned above.

    Other m/m I have enjoyed that were published in 2012 are:
    ‘Marlowes Ghost’ by Sarah Black
    ‘Amethyst Cat Caper’ by Charlie Cochet
    ‘Scrap Metal’ by Harper Fox
    ‘Country Mouse’ by Amy Lane and Aleks Voinov
    ‘Infected Bk6: Lesser Evils’ by Andrea Speed
    ‘Druid Stone’ by Heidi Belleau and Violetta Vane

    All of these blend genres in one way or another, e.g. paranormal elements in a contemporary and of course there is Roan who is rightly angry at an unjust world and is the best shifter story going. I don’t think this genre blending is a style undertaken in m/f in the same way or at all.

    I too would like to see DA review more m/m and completely understand the Riptide & Dreamspinner embargoes. I do think though, there needs to be more than one reviewer willing and able to add these books into the DA mix.

  34. Sunita
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 00:34:04

    @Brie: I knew Irregulars was good when I read it, but I reread it just to be sure, and I thought it was even better the second time. All the authors are first-rate, but Nicole Kimberling deserves enormous credit for the way the whole book hangs together.

    If The Chocolate Thief works for you, I think The Chocolate Kiss will as well, but of course one never knows. ;)

    I read your review of Tigerland and thought you did a great job of explaining why it didn’t work for you. I was nervous about the sequel because I love T&D so much, and I was so relieved when I enjoyed it. But you make excellent points and I doubt you’re alone in your opinion.

  35. Sunita
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 00:36:46

    @Merrian: There have been several points at which I’ve come close to giving up the m/m genre altogether, and then something wonderful comes along and I realize that if I do, I’ll be the one who loses. I agree that the genre offers insights and explorations that seem much harder to come by in other pairings.

  36. Elyssa Patrick
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 01:30:26

    @Sunita: Yes! I did read it, and I thought it so completely charming. I loved the exclamations raining down on him and where he’s all, you couldn’t even give me five minutes before you made up that fake fiance. Swoon.

    I believe you’ve already read her self-published novella? I’ve become a wee bit obsessed with Florand’s writing. I would be happy if I had a new book/novella from her every three months. GIMME GIMME GIMME.

    Also, every time I finish a book by her, I always think: I want to gush with Sunita about this one! :)

  37. cs
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 10:22:05

    @Sunita: I tend to read most of all new M/M books Samhain publishes. The 30% of new titles every week is such an amazing idea. I’ll look out for that book. I’ll try and recommend books in the future too. I tend to forget to add to that post.

    @Merrian: Thank you for those recommendations. I read the first book in the Infected series by Andrea Speed and the big element that happened (I’m sure you know what I am referring too) made me…too sad to carry on. I may pick up the series again one day. I’m not a fan of fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal books. I find it hard to read these genres without getting irritated. Though with recommendations it does help focus your attention.

    I know some other DA reviewers started reviewing some mm and lesbian books. Hopefully in the future there can be because (whilst there is always bias) at least at DA you get an honest portrayal of what the reviewer thought of the book.

    @Brie: I actually read some reviews that stated they thought it was a rehash of the first book. So you’re not too alone in your dislike of the book.

  38. Janine
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 12:22:32

    @Jorrie Spencer: Try Wicked Gentlemen. It’s my favorite thing by Ginn Hale.

  39. cleo
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 13:14:36

    I’m enjoying the m/m part of this discussion. 2012 was the year I discovered m/m romance – read my first last Jan and I’m still in love with the genre. I keep thinking I’ll get tired of it (I tend to skip around romance sub-genres a lot), and then I discover another m/m author and another backlist to plow through.

    DA started me on my m/m journey and I’ve relied a lot on the back reviews as I’ve tried out new authors. I like that DA reviewers seem to follow their fancy when it comes to reviews, rather than following strict rules about reviewing so many of each sub-genre etc, but it would be nice to read more m/m reviews.

  40. Sirius
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 13:17:07

    @Janine: My god I love this book, my second mm book ever and I could never forget it, but I love everything she wrote.

  41. Jorrie Spencer
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 13:21:02

    @Janine I have read Wicked Gentlemen and thought it just terrific. In fact, what puzzles me most is why I haven’t read Ginn Hale’s work as soon as it has come out, as I loved WG so much. I will say Lord of the White Hall is very different from WG, much different canvas and style. And Rifter looks to be yet again different.

  42. Sirius
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 13:24:52

    @cleo: I have read since I think 2007-2008 and still in love too. I think it is partially because I am easy to please (although I like to think that I have my standards too :)), usually stories with a lot of sex are not my thing, some other things too), but also if for review I have to read several crappy ones in a row, I just switch genres completely for few days and come back missing it again.

  43. Janine
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 14:39:09

    @Sirius & @Jorrie Spencer: I’m not sure why but Wicked Gentlemen worked much better for me than Lords of the White Hell or The Rifter.

    I loved the beginning of The Rifter — the worldbuilding and setup were great — but then somewhere around the third or fourth installment I lost my patience with the slow pacing. We were stuck in the tower with John for what felt like forever, and I kept waiting for the POV to shift to another time and place and Kyle, as had been the case in the earlier sections, but it just wasn’t happening. I felt the work lost all its momentum at that point.

    Lord of the White Hell, well, I didn’t get very far in that. I think I was disappointed because the world felt a lot less original than the one in Wicked Gentlmen and I didn’t really click with the characters.

    The other Ginn Hale work I enjoyed is Feral Machines, a novella in Tangle XY. I would give that a B.

    I also (tangent here) loved, loved, loved Jesse Sandoval’s short stories in the two Tangle anthologies. So, so good. I really wish he would write more; his work is like hallucinatory poetry. On the basis of those two stories, I would say he’s one of the best writers the romance genre has ever seen.

    @Merrian: Your point is well taken. I should do more m/m and f/f reviewing, and I know it. I’m a slow reader and can never get to all the books I want to read, sigh.

  44. Jorrie Spencer
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 14:55:10

    @Janine @ Sirius Wicked Gentleman is very sharply written, very tight. I think I’m talking myself into a reread!

    I haven’t read the Tangle anthologies at Blind Eye Books, but since I’m slowly making my way through their products, I’m sure I will at some point.

    (Janine, I’m a slow reader too. Alas!)

  45. Janine
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 15:06:55

    @Jorrie Spencer: I’m one who always appreciates tight pacing. And I think even the prose feels more vivid to me in Wicked Gentlemen than in her other books, for some reason.

    The Tangle anthos are a mixed bag, with some excellent stories as well as some that made me scratch my head and wonder why Kimberling included them. I liked Tangle Girls best of the two, but Tangle XY has some stuff that makes it worth picking up as well. We have reviews of both in the archives here.

    I haven’t seen any mention of new books from Blind Eye Books in 2013, but I hope there is something. Though I need to catch up on The Irregulars in the meantime.

  46. Sunita
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 19:00:16

    I want to remind everyone that DA publishes guest reviews, and I think it would be great if someone submitted an m/m review.

    ETA: I’m not saying that because I don’t want to review m/m, but rather because I can’t review as much as I would like to at certain times in my day job cycle, and also, since I learn from other people’s reviews, I think other people would too. And I appreciate the comments in this thread, very much.

  47. cleo
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 22:31:11

    Just read Irregulars and really loved it. Thanks to everyone for the recs and link. I’m a big Charles DeLint fan and this reminded me of his brand of uf. With a little Men in Black mixed in. So good.

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