Tuesday Talk 1/26/16: 2016 Anticipated Reads

I haven’t done a Tuesday Talk in a while, but I’ve been thinking about making a post of this type as there are so many books I want to read in 2016.  What follows is a list narrowed down to what I currently consider my most highly anticipated reads being newly published in 2016.

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Quick Review: Lazarus volume 3: Conclave by Greg Rucka, art by Michael Lark with Tyler Boss

Lazarus_Vol3-1_rucka_imagecomicsThe first volume that collected multiple editions of the Lazarus series introduced the mafia-like families that rule a future dystopian U.S., along with their genetically enhanced  Lazari and focused on Forever Carlyle, the Lazarus of the west-coast controlling Family Carlyle.  The second volume explored the world from the perspective of the Waste, those not affiliated with a Family, and the concept of the Lift, where individuals can be elevated from being Waste.  Here in the third volume, collecting issues 10-15, the focus returns to the Families and their Lazari.

The events in Conclave – intrigue between and within Families, torture, genetic alterations, hostage negotiations, meeting of all Family heads and their Lazari – are compelling and interesting, yet somehow this always feels like a bridging story.  Even a touch of romance with another Lazarus and the excitement of a violent and bloody fight between Forever and another Lazarus do not lift it from this feeling.

I found this to be thoroughly enjoyable, and it left me wanting more.  Luckily, the fourth bind-up will be published soon.

If you have read and enjoyed the first two volumes in the Lazarus series, definitely give this a read.  Otherwise, my advice is to start at the beginning or most of the relationships, though the book begins with a ‘dramatic personae’ chart, and interactions will make some sense but lack context.  As in the previous volumes, this is rated M/Mature.  It does contain material of an adult nature.

Lazarus Volume 3 written by Greg Rucka, art by Michael Lark with Tyler Boss | Image Comics, Inc. March 2015 | paperback, 144 pgs | library copy


Review: Love & Care for the One and Only You by Michelle Medlock Adams

loveandcareoftheoneandonlyyou_worthyI have a history with devotionals, one you might be able to relate to.  I start off the year with one, intending to spend the few minutes of time it takes to read through each day’s message and then a few more minutes contemplating it.  Though well intentioned, pretty soon I’ve fallen behind and eventually I’ve abandoned it altogether.   Books that claim they will help me become healthier and/or lose weight follow a similar pattern.

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Review: Calico Spy (Undercover Ladies #3) by Margaret Brownley

calicospy_brownley_barbourPinkerton operative Katie Madison’s newest case takes her to Calico, Kansas, where two Harvey House restaurant waitresses were murdered in mysterious circumstances. Calico’s sheriff, Branch Whitman, has never met a Pink he liked and is stunned to learn the pretty redhead’s true identity as she works undercover as a Harvey girl. A tornado hits town, and a past deception puts Branch’s eight-year-old-son in danger. Now the Sheriff has no choice but to work with Katie—or chance losing everything he holds dear. (from barbourbooks.com)


I thought the last story I read by her might be my favorite Margaret Brownley so far, but now I’m pretty sure this is it!   Continue reading

Review: The Holiday Courtship by Winnie Griggs

theholidaycourtship_griggs_harlequinloveinspiredhistoricalHank Chandler is bringing his niece and nephew from Colorado to his home in Turnabout, Texas.  Ten year old Chloe, deaf since the accident that killed their parents, wants nothing to do with Uncle Hank, relying on 8 year old Alex and receiving comfort from their cat Smudge.  Eager to return to work at his sawmill, Hank decides that what he needs is a wife to care for his home and the two orphans.

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