Friday, May 18, 2007

The Last Ten Books I Bought (and why)

It's been a while since my last post like this, so here we go, the last ten books I bought (and why I bought them):

THEN WE CAME TO THE END by Joshua Ferris

This book got stellar reviews when it was released, not to mention said reviews reminded me of Max Barry's COMPANY, which was one of my favorite books of 2006. I started this last night and am very into it so far. Who gives a crap about whether this book hit the printed list? Word of mouth seems to be so good that it'll end up outselling many books that do.

NO HUMANS INVOLVED by Kelley Armstrong

Confession: I read DIME STORE MAGIC when it was on submission, thought it was fantastic, my bosses didn't see it, I wasn't very familiar with the genre and another house ended up buying it. Now? Armstrong probably has a dump truck pulling up to her house every day with manuscripts for blurb solicitation. Armstrong also has an interesting backstory, starting out in hardcover, breaking out writing paperback originals, then moving back to hardcover. So this is her first hardcover in several years, and I had to jump on board, if only to selfishly feel like I knew she was good before most of the world.

THE BLUE ZONE by Andrew Gross
This book was bought for a ton of cash, and since the author has co-written several books with James Patterson he's well-versed in that bestselling formula. I haven't read many reviews so this was something of a "curiosity" buy. It also has one of the most elaborate covers I've ever seen (flashy metallic ink, embossing to resemble water droplets, etc...).


It's the new Jack Reacher. Nuff said. (Did you know Chuck Norris checks his closet every night for Jack Reacher?)

TERM LIMITS by Vince Flynn

I read CONSENT TO KILL a few months ago, my first Flynn novel, and though political thrillers generally aren't my thing I really enjoyed it. Several "I can't believe he did that" twists that worked. Anyway, I decided to pick up Flynn's first book to see where it all began. Did you know Flynn self-published TERM LIMITS because he couldn't find a publisher?

SCENT OF SHADOWS by Vicki Pettersson
This debut dark fantasy novel got a lot of good buzz, and I met the author at the RT convention. She was incredibly nice, and actually worked as a showgirl in Vegas. So dark fantasy+cool author+knowledge of the Vegas scene+sweet cover=easy purchase.

ABSUDRISTAN by Gary Shteyngart

My in-laws were HUGE fans of THE RUSSIAN DEBUTANTE'S DAUGHTER, so I got them Shteyngart's second novel as a present. I might have to steal it when they're done.

THE WOODS by Harlan Coben

Another present, this time for my Mom, who's a big fan. And I totally didn't get it for her so I could read it afterwards. Really.

UNDEAD AND UNWED by MaryJanice Davidson

Davidson was on several panels at the RT convention, and was simply hilarious. I figured if her books were nearly as much fun as she was, they'd be a great read. So I picked up the first one in her series to find out.

THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden
This book was a smash hit in the UK, and has already spent 2 weeks on the bestseller list here. Another "curiosity" buy, since in the publishing world any surprise success spawns discussions of "why did this work?" and "can we do one for girls? moms? goldfish?"


Blogger Bill Peschel said...

I'll be curious about your reaction to "Undead and Unwed." I read it last week. Did you know it started life as an Ellora's Cave e-book?

2:05 PM  
Blogger moonrat said...

Hi Jason,

We met at a Mediabistro party along time ago...since then, you've moved to St Martin's and I've made a big move to a tiny company. Anyway, I meant to write and say congratulations but I didn't have your new email. So here it is. Congratulations! Hope SM is treating you even better than Crown.

11:02 PM  
Blogger Rachel Vincent said...

Oh, I only have one of these books. (Guess which...) Looks like I need to go shopping. ;-)

9:36 PM  
Blogger WellesFan said...

I don't think I heard that Term Limits was self-published, but I've been a fan of Flynn's since Transfer of Power.

1:58 PM  

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