The Old West feel of it, whether intentional or not, is awesome. I'm behind on Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden books. Now I gotta catch up!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
My good buddy Wayne D. Dundee has a new anthology out that collects his Joe Hannibal short stories, including one new story written just for this book. The stories cover Hannibal's career over the last 30 years, making the detective one of the longest-lived in the annals of criminal investigation.
Wayne's got quite a spread in these six stories, taking Hannibal from Illinois to Nebraska, where he's currently living. Look for his new Joe Hannibal novel, Blade of the Tiger, coming soon!
Posted by Mel Odom at 8:46 AM
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Been so busy with deadlines and college that I plumb missed this one. Making up for it now. This is by my buddy James Reasoner (one of the writers on the Rancho Diablo series) and his wife. It's the seventh book in their long-running Wind River series.
The Wyoming Territory town of Wind River has gotten so peaceful that some people think it's downright civilized. But they don't know that a gang of vicious outlaws is planning a military-style raid on the settlement that will clean out the bank and the other businesses. Anyone who gets in their way will be cut down in a hail of bullets.
Posted by Mel Odom at 2:17 PM
Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged.
In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings--Peculiars--and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.
One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley--Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.
First he's noticed by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish . . . and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.
Part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy, part steampunk adventure, "The Peculiar" is Stefan Bachmann's riveting, inventive, and unforgettable debut novel.
Posted by Mel Odom at 7:23 AM
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
When Randy Post, a young cowboy riding for the Rancho Diablo brand, gets accused of murdering a saloon girl, Sam Blaylock saddles up to get to the bottom of the matter before they fit him for a hangman's noose. Sam doesn't know that the murder has set off a chain of events that will end up with him swapping lead with a murderous gang of robbers eyeing one of the banks in Shooter's Cross.
In the past, Marshal Everett Tolliver and Sam Blaylock haven't seen exactly eye-to-eye on things involving the ranch hands. Tolliver intends to hold the peace in town no matter what the cost. But he's going to need help if he's going to find out who murdered Jessie Holden in cold blood.
Even after they've set there differences aside for the time being, Sam and Tolliver still have to put their lives at risk to hold the line in Shooter's Cross in a gundown on Main Street that will become a legend.
Posted by Mel Odom at 7:26 AM
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
This one really caught my eye. I remember reading the original X-Men and couldn't get enough. Then Chris Claremont came along and blew everything out of this world.
Love the art on this one, so I'm excited to see how this works out. I'll be buying a digital copy for my iPad when this one comes out.
Posted by Mel Odom at 6:36 PM
Dublin, Ireland 1951
After winning his latest bout in Berlin, US Army boxing champ Sergeant Kevin Crowley is on military leave in Ireland. Raised in St. Vincent's Asylum For Boys in Chicago, he has finally returned to the place of his birth, where he is sure he will find the family he never knew and lay claim to his dream of a royal fortune.
What Crowley actually finds is the fight of his life... A near destitute grandmother, crippling debt left by a father he never knew, a feisty redhead with hatred in her heart, a villainous landlord and his gang who'll stop at nothing to settle a score going back a generation...
Kevin Crowlwy has never backed down in the ring or out... The treasures and truth awaiting him in Dublin are not what he first imagined. But with his past, his family, and his future at stake, Crowley will put up his dukes and fight like never before...
Posted by Mel Odom at 9:02 AM
Monday, November 12, 2012
One of my writer buddies has a new book out Nov. 27. Love the cover!
Now Hunt is on the run from the FBI, who have pegged him as a mass-murdering dark sorcerer. His flight from the law is diverted to New Orleans when his companion, a potent witch, has a horrific vision of the city under magical siege. When they arrive, they realize that the situation is more dire than they could have imagined: the world of the living faces a terrifying attack by forces from beyond the grave. King of the Dead, the second book in this groundbreaking series, promises more of Nassise’s electrifying writing that will enthrall readers looking for a supercharged, supernatural thrill.
Posted by Mel Odom at 9:53 PM