(Thanks to Broke and Bookish for the ongoing Top Ten Tuesdays blog-hop meme!)
I don't see myself leisurely reading on a beach this summer (I have 2 small children) but if I DID have time to relax on a beach, of if I have time to read anything at all, this is what it will probably be:
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A Man Called Spade by Dashiell HammettI admit, I love this trash. I really got into Mickey Spillane for awhile until his raging misogyny and homophobia just got too much to take. I don't have high hopes that this will be any better, but someone gifted me a nice old paperback copy, so I have to check it out.
I can't believe his last Discworld book will be coming out this fall. I also can't believe it's a Tiffany Aching book. 'Twas a cruel joke, Sir Terry.
I haven't read many comic books in a long time, but this will be the next one I pick up. It has that dark, gloomy and pessimistic view of superheroes (a la Watchmen) that I love. I've been meaning to read it for years.
Not to mention they're up to collected volume 48. I think the last one I read was 32, so I have a lot of catching up to do!
Wild Cards III and Wild Cards IV by George R.R. Martin et al.I knew Book 3 had come out last year, but I had no idea Book 4 was already out, too.
For those unfamiliar, this is NOT by George RR Martin (it actually says "Edited by" in tiny letters up there). It's actually an anthology of super-hero style tales by different writers that, when taken together, form a sort of novel. It was originally written by Martin and his peers/friends and published over twenty years ago (actually more like 30, now) and I'm pretty sure was actually based on their super-hero role-playing game campaign. When Game of Thrones exploded a few years ago publishers were desperate to print anything with Martin's name on it, which included these previously hard-to-find, out of print anthologies.
That being said, they're actually pretty fun. Some of the super "heroes" have bonkers powers (like the guy who gets super psychic abilities by abstaining from sex), but the stories flow together so well and it becomes a closely-linked universe better than any comic book universe going (sorry Marvel).
For reference, this is not based on the manuscript that Larsson left with his widow, so there's a chance this one will actually be good. ;-)
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So there you have it. What are YOU reading this summer? It's going to be Ten Thousand Days, right?