Books shelved under “Anthologies”

60 reviews found

  1. Book cover for IMPACT

    IMPACT: Colonialism in Canada

    by Warren Cariou

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I picked this up several years ago and am finally diving into it. It’s not what I expected—I was looking for something with essays, including personal essays, but this includes a lot more poems and other, shorter and more artistic pieces. IMPACT: Colonialism in Canada is an anthology that makes quite a statement. If it’s what you’re looking for, it’s going to satisfy. In my case, it wasn’t quite what I wanted, but don’t interpret…

  2. Book cover for Non-Binary Lives

    Non-Binary Lives: An Anthology of Intersecting Identities

    by Jos Twist

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    You’d think the pandemic would mean I have more time to read rather than less, right? But for some reason my reading speed has decreased rather than increased. I’m making more of a comeback, but it still took me a long time to read and review Non-Binary Lives: An Anthology of Intersecting Identities. That shouldn’t reflect on the quality of this book. Similarly, I’m going to explain later that I’m kind of over these…

  3. Book cover for To My Trans Sisters

    To My Trans Sisters

    by Charlie Craggs

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    So I guess this is my coming out review? I actually have a blog post for that, but of course, some of my transition experiences thus far will be interspersed throughout this review.

    Hello, world. I’m Kara now. (That’s pronounced Car-uh.) I’m a trans woman. My pronouns are she/her.

    To My Trans Sisters seemed like a perfect book to read and then review on the day I came out online. It’s a collection…

  4. Book cover for Maiden, Mother, Crone

    Maiden, Mother, Crone: Fantastical Trans Femmes: Kickstarter Edition

    by Gwen Benaway

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I backed this on Kickstarter, but of course, then it sat on my shelf for a bit. Recently Gwen Benaway has been a prominent voice against Toronto Public Library allowing Meghan Murphy to host a talk at one of their branches. In following that news, I decided this was a good time to get to Maiden, Mother, Crone: Fantastical Trans Femmes.

    I really wish I could gush about this book and say I…

  5. Book cover for How Long 'til Black Future Month?

    How Long 'til Black Future Month?

    by N.K. Jemisin

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    It seems like every time I review a short story anthology I always start with a disclaimer about how short stories, and by extension, their anthologies, are not really “for me.” In this case I need to say it because How Long ’Til Black Future Month? is one of those rare exceptions where I … I actually liked pretty much every story in here. Not equally, of course. But there were only one or two…

  6. Book cover for Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time

    Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time

    by Hope Nicholson

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    First, huge shout-out to the Oxford comma lurking in this title. Yeah, it’s kind of a big deal.

    Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time is an anthology of queer Indigenous science fiction and fantasy by Indigenous authors. That’s it, and yet it is so much more. I really liked Hope Nicholson’s comment in her foreword about how some stories aren’t meant to be told, or at least, do not need to be shared with just…

  7. Book cover for Binti

    Binti: The Complete Trilogy

    by Nnedi Okorafor

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Ever since the first Binti novella came out, I’ve been hearing all about it. I jumped at this collection when I saw it at the bookstore, then, because I find it difficult to grab hold of novellas otherwise. I don’t care if Tor.com pushes them on me for free sometimes: I need it in my hands or on my device or else I just … read other things. And I’m glad I read Binti and…

  8. Book cover for The Found and the Lost

    The Found and the Lost: The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. Le Guin

    by Ursula K. Le Guin

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    At least one book’s length, if not a whole library of, encomia of Ursula K. Le Guin has already been written by people far more learned than me. It’s so tempting to take this collection of her novellas and use it as an excuse to praise Le Guin as an author in general. Yet there isn’t much I can hope to add to that conversation. Yet The Found and the Lost, as a collection…

  9. Book cover for Interpreter of Maladies

    Interpreter of Maladies

    by Jhumpa Lahiri

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Sometimes we end up reading an author backwards, like Merlins travelling through literary space-time, always encountering younger, less experienced versions of the writer. I have long enjoyed Jhumpa Lahiri’s fiction, and here I am reading her first collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies. So if I seem underwhelmed by these compared to the praise I’ve sung of her work in the past, it’s probably because her talents have only grown since she wrote…

  10. Book cover for Sorry Please Thank You

    Sorry Please Thank You

    by Charles Yu

    2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Charles Yu’s characters are not very happy.

    I wasn’t enthusiastic reading Sorry Please Thank You: Stories, for I wasn’t much of a fan of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. Nevertheless, I’d acquired this collection prior to reading that novel, from a library sale, so I wanted to give Yu a second chance. I don’t think there will be a third.

    The stories in here aren’t particularly bad. They just…

  11. Book cover for The Radical Element

    The Radical Element

    by Jessica Spotswood

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Last year I reviewed A Tyranny of Petticoats, which came on my radar because I received it in a Book Mail box from Book Riot. When I saw The Radical Element on NetGalley, I wanted to see how the second volume of this anthology series compared. Thanks to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for the eARC! I adored this book for what it is, and while I didn’t love every story, it was a great…

  12. Book cover for Fantasy

    Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition

    by Rich Horton

    2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    “Best of” collections can be fun, sometimes, because they might introduce you to authors you might not otherwise have encountered. I found Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition in a library sale and decided to give it a shot. Other Goodreads reviewers have already pointed this out, but I’ll echo them: rather disappointing to see Neil Gaiman and Gene Wolfe’s names on the cover but no stories from them in the collection. WTF?…

  13. Book cover for The Best of Nancy Kress

    The Best of Nancy Kress

    by Nancy Kress

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Wow did I write really long reviews back in the day! I was just reading back over some of my Nancy Kress reviews to remind myself what I thought of her other works. I went into a lot of detail with my Sleepless trilogy reviews. I guess that was the privilege of having more time in third-year university. Now I’m an adult, with a job, and a house for just over a week as…

  14. Book cover for A Tyranny of Petticoats

    A Tyranny of Petticoats

    by Jessica Spotswood

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Women don’t need me to say this, because they know this, and many have said this themselves, but I’ll boost it: the thing about representation is that it isn’t enough to give people one character, one story, one thing and say, “There, you’ve representation, job done.” So I was excited when I received A Tyranny of Petticoats in a Book Riot Book Mail box. Those of you who have read my reviews for a while…

  15. Book cover for Bit Rot

    Bit Rot

    by Douglas Coupland

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Here Douglas Coupland goes again, trying to break our brains and our library cataloguing systems. Is Bit Rot fiction or non-fiction? It’s a collection of both! Oh noes! It contains short stories, including some previously published in Generation A (which I read almost 7 years ago, so I have zero recollection of any of it), and essays and assorted musings. In general, this is Coupland’s most up-to-date published writing on how we’re dealing with the…

  16. Book cover for Here We Are

    Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

    by Kelly Jensen

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I suppose I should start with one of those disclaimers about how I received a free electronic copy of this from NetGalley and Algonquin Young Readers. However, I also preordered two hard copies with my own money (OK, someone else’s money in gift card form) even before that request was approved. But why wait a whole three weeks when I could read it earlier than that? That’s how excited I am for Here We Are:

  17. Book cover for Difficult Women

    Difficult Women

    by Roxane Gay

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I still haven’t read Bad Feminist. But when I saw Roxane Gay’s new collection of short stories up for request on NetGalley, I leapt at the chance to read them. So thanks, NetGalley and Grove Press, for this opportunity.

    Trigger warning in this review and book for discussions of rape and assault.

    In many ways, Difficult Women seems like a kind of spiritual successor to Bad Feminist. Again, I haven’t read the essay…

  18. Book cover for The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction

    The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction

    by Arthur B. Evans

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    How do you even review a 760-page book comprising 52 short stories that is meant to offer a comprehensive look at the genre for the purposes of teaching? I don’t know.

    The Kara of seven years ago would have rated each story out of 5 stars and taken the average, but ain’t nobody got time for that these days. It took me over a year to read this anthology—because if I had torn straight through…

  19. Book cover for Trigger Warning

    Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

    by Neil Gaiman

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I am slowly but surely running out of ways to review anthologies. It’s maddening, let me tell you. #firstworldproblems

    What can I say about Trigger Warning? It’s another anthology. It’s another Neil Gaiman anthology. Much like Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things, Trigger Warning has its moments, its trademark Gaimanesque departures into clever flights of fantasy—but it’s just not the form for me. Gaiman waxes poetic about short stories in his introduction; it…

  20. Book cover for The V-Word

    The V-Word: True Stories about First-Time Sex

    by Amber J. Keyser

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Back in Grade 4, a small group of peers asked me if I was a virgin.

    Not knowing what a virgin was, I said no. Well, that certainly got them laughing. And I got very upset.

    This incident has stuck in my memory (which is otherwise very much a sieve through which most details inevitably fall) for a few reasons. Firstly, it was one of the few times I ever felt bullied in school,…

  21. Book cover for Time Now for the Vinyl Cafe Story Exchange

    Time Now for the Vinyl Cafe Story Exchange

    by Stuart McLean

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    This will be a short review. I don’t have a lot to say about Time Now for the Vinyl Cafe Story Exchange. If you are familiar with the Vinyl Cafe, then you know what the Story Exchange is. If not, then while you might still enjoy this book, it probably won’t have the same resonance for you.

    There are some gems of stories in this book. I’ve heard most of them (because I’ve…

  22. Book cover for Revenge of the Vinyl Cafe

    Revenge of the Vinyl Cafe

    by Stuart McLean

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I didn’t go to the Vinyl Cafe Christmas Concert this year, because I was feeling burnt out and wasn’t interested in going out that weekend. It turned out to be the last concert of the year, because Stuart McLean announced a melanoma diagnosis and cancelled the other shows. He seems positive and upbeat so far. I thought I’d dig into this, one of the more recent Vinyl Cafe collections of Dave and Morley stories,…

  23. Book cover for Smoke and Mirrors

    Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions

    by Neil Gaiman

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Now that I own copies of Neil Gaiman’s three short story anthologies, I re-read Fragile Things and then tackled this one, Smoke and Mirrors. As with Fragile Things this earlier collection has a description of each story’s origin in the introduction. Unlike the other collection, Smoke and Mirrors’ introduction also comes with a bonus short story embedded. So, yeah. There’s that.

    I have to say that the more I read Gaiman’s stories…

  24. Book cover for Fragile Things

    Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders

    by Neil Gaiman

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I first read Fragile Things back in my first year of university, after which I promptly lent it to a friend, who gave it back to me three or four years later—as can sometimes happen when I lend out books. I’ve been meaning to re-read it for a while so I can write a review. Then Neil Gaiman’s newest collection, Trigger Warning came out. So when I bought that, I also picked up his first…

  25. Book cover for We Never Talk about My Brother

    We Never Talk about My Brother

    by Peter S. Beagle

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I have never read anything else by Peter S. Beagle.

    Just want to make that clear, since I know that in some corners of the fantasyscape, he is a Big Deal. He’s Known. Renowned, even. So this little collection of short stories of his was probably met with squeals of glee from fans the world over when it was published (back in 2009, because I am 6 years behind on my to-read list these days).…

  26. Book cover for Lightspeed Magazine, June 2014

    Lightspeed Magazine, June 2014: Women Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue

    by Christie Yant

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I actually don’t read Lightspeed all that much, so it’s hard for me to evaluate this special edition in that context. All I can say is that this is packed full of good content. In addition to original stories there are reprints, some good flash fiction (one of which is my all-time favourite of the volume), non-fiction discussions and essays, and a novel excerpt. It’s good times.

    I didn’t like every, or maybe even most,…

  27. Book cover for Mammoth Book Of Short Science Fiction Novels

    Mammoth Book Of Short Science Fiction Novels

    by Isaac Asimov

    2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I picked this up while nosing around an antique shop. My copy is battered: its front cover is torn and disfigured; its spine is bent into a sadistic and perilous curve; its pages are bloated and distorted from what I can only guess is water damage. If it weren’t such a thick book, I’d have scoffed at the £2 I paid for it.

    As it is, there is something familiar about The Mammoth Book of

  28. Book cover for Collected Stories

    Collected Stories

    by W. Somerset Maugham

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    This is a hefty and imposing volume, heavy yet also compact in dimensions and in print. Thirty-one stories make up the Collected Stories of W. Somerset Maugham, as selected for this immaculate Everyman’s Library edition that I scored for free from my school library. After a particularly work-heavy weekend I needed something I could sink into, something that could envelop me with lush descriptions of far-off lands and times gone by. This short story anthology…

  29. Book cover for Moscow But Dreaming

    Moscow But Dreaming

    by Ekaterina Sedia

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    So, I am an idiot and did not realize this was a book of short stories until I was well into it. Don’t ask me why. I have an ebook copy, and so there was no real description or anything to clue me into it. I just started reading, assuming it was a novel. After a few chapters there were no obvious connections between these characters and their respective stories, but that’s Ekaterina Sedia for…

  30. Book cover for Doctor Who

    Doctor Who: Eleven Doctors, Eleven Stories

    by Eoin Colfer

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    The librarians at my school alerted me to this book. I knew Neil Gaiman had written a special short story, “Nothing O’Clock”, for the 50th anniversary, but I hadn’t been particularly bothered about finding it. Aside from the fact that I tend not to read fan fiction, the state of ebooks these days is still deplorable enough that finding a non-DRM copy would probably have been tricky.

    Luckily, I was clever and made sure I’m…

  31. Book cover for Roads Not Taken

    Roads Not Taken: Tales of Alternate History

    by Gardner Dozois

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Not that long ago, I sampled another anthology of alternate history, Other Earths. Now I’m dipping into this specialized sub-genre again with Roads Not Taken. The premise is similar, but in this case the stories were all previously published in either Analog or Amazing. Though I’m disappointed that not one of the ten contributors is a woman, the stories themselves are much more thoughtful and interesting than those I encountered in Other

  32. Book cover for Other Earths

    Other Earths

    by Nick Gevers

    2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Alternate history can often act like a soothing balm: science fiction, but of a very special type. It’s the ultimate “what-if” version of science fiction, the impossible attempt to create counterfactual stories. It is the logical conclusion to the lying that is the art of storytelling; taken to extremes, any story is alternate history. But with Other Earths, we’re on more conventional ground when it comes to alternate history. It’s exactly what it says…

  33. Book cover for The Golden Apples of the Sun

    The Golden Apples of the Sun

    by Ray Bradbury

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    One of the nice things about working in a school is that I can nick books from the English cupboard, bring them home for a day, or a week, or most of the year, and quietly return them without anyone complaining. It’s a perk that almost makes those times you accidentally stand under the bell worth it.... Anyway, earlier this year I was reaching for short stories to show my sixth form students, and it…

  34. Book cover for Nocturnes

    Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

    by Kazuo Ishiguro

    2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I picked this up off the library shelf based solely on the fact that I’ve enjoyed the other works of Kazuo Ishiguro that I’ve read—particularly the stellar The Remains of the Day. Music doesn’t capture me in the same way that it does many of my friends. That is to say, I find music powerful and compelling, but stories about music don’t always hold the same allure for me. Bel Canto stands out as…

  35. Book cover for Foundation

    Foundation

    by Isaac Asimov

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I read the Foundation novels when I was younger, probably around the same time that I began getting into science fiction and fantasy in grades 7 and 8. I read a lot of Asimov, both because there was a lot of him in my suspiciously well-stocked public library and because … well, he wrote a lot of books. I read about the Foundation, psychohistory, his Three Laws of Robotics … everything and anything Asimov, if…

  36. Book cover for We Think, Therefore We Are

    We Think, Therefore We Are

    by Peter Crowther

    2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    As usual, I snap anything up involving artificial intelligence. This has been on my list for a while, and I finally got around to acquiring it. We Think, Therefore We Are is exactly what it seems: a collection of stories about AIs, robots, and other posthuman ideas about disembodied consciousness. Fifteen stories from fifteen authors, all with different ideas about what the next centuries might bring us.

    For such a long wait, this wasn’t all…

  37. Book cover for The Way of the Wizard

    The Way of the Wizard

    by John Joseph Adams

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I’ve always thought wizards are cool. If you walk up to me on the street and utter the word, “Fantasy” to me, the first thing I’ll do is give you a bizarre look and, if I don’t know who you are, probably say something along the lines of, “What?” But the second thing I would do is conjure an image of a slightly stooped old man with a white beard, flowing robes, and yes, an…

  38. Book cover for When the Great Days Come

    When the Great Days Come

    by Gardner Dozois

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I’ve doubtless read many works of fiction that have passed through Gardner Dozois’ hands as an editor. Until now, however, I don’t recall reading any of his own fiction. I’ve remedied this by snatching When the Great Days Come from the New Books shelf at my library. I like anthologies, I really do, but as a novel lover first and foremost, I always find myself overcoming a certain prejudice towards shorter fiction. Fortunately, Dozois makes…

  39. Book cover for Chicks Dig Comics

    Chicks Dig Comics: A Celebration of Comic Books by the Women Who Love Them

    by Lynne M. Thomas

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I don’t read comic books that much.

    Given my reading habits, and how quickly I read, I find it difficult to go out and get every issue of a serial. I’ve read some collected works, like Sandman, and enjoyed them—storytelling is storytelling, whether it’s in words or art on a page. Digital editions might help, once we finally give up on that DRM nonsense. However, even with that hurdle cleared, I’ll admit I’m not…

  40. Book cover for The Gormenghast Novels

    The Gormenghast Novels

    by Mervyn Peake

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    One of the more pernicious aspects of epic fantasy is medieval stasis. Even as we celebrate the freedoms made possible through democracy, we revel in escapism to an inherently oppressive setting, where hereditary titles are standard-issue and the plot often involves helping a rightful heir regain the throne. This is but one of the many tensions that arises in Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast (or Titus) books. The eponymous castle is a grand affair in…

  41. Book cover for Rethinking Popular Culture and Media

    Rethinking Popular Culture and Media

    by Elizabeth A. Marshall

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    My Media, Education, and Gender prof contributed an article to this book. He assigned the article as one of our readings, but he did not make us buy the entire book, providing a photocopy instead. I foiled his evil plan to save us money by ordering the book anyway, because I liked his article and a few others he used so much that I decided to see if the entire book was as awesome.

    It…

  42. Book cover for Armageddon in Retrospect

    Armageddon in Retrospect: And Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace

    by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    After two somewhat disappointing books, I finally picked up a book I’ve had since at least my birthday. My experience with Kurt Vonnegut remains slimmer than I’d like, with most of it locked away in adolescent memories now slipping beyond the horizon of my mind. So it feels a little odd to be reading Armageddon in Retrospect, theoretically his last work (unless his estate publishes more unpublished tidbits), already. But I did, and I…

  43. Book cover for The Guinea Pig Diaries

    The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment

    by A.J. Jacobs

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I first heard of A.J. Jacobs when he appeared on The Colbert Report in 2009. He talked, among other things, about the year he spent “living Biblically”. This intrigued me, so I decided to read the book he was pushing at the time. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, because I didn’t know what types of experiments Jacobs had performed. But the book is short, and his writing, if sometimes overbearing, is usually entertaining…

  44. Book cover for The Sky That Wraps

    The Sky That Wraps: Collected Short Fiction

    by Jay Lake

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Jay Lake has been hovering around the edge of my observable SF/fantasy universe for a while now, finally entering that universe when I read his Clockwork Earth series. Unfortunately, Mainspring disappointed me, and while the other two books in the trilogy were a big improvement on it, I was not much impressed. Sometime between acquiring Mainspring and reading it, however, I decided to buy this anthology from Subterranean Press.

    I like novels more than I…

  45. Book cover for Tomorrow

    Tomorrow: Science Fiction and the Future

    by Alan L. Madsen

    2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I’m pretty sure that if there isn’t already a sport that involves mocking what people of the past predicted our society would be like, then we need to invent it. Right now. Tomorrow: Science Fiction and the Future has some gems. It opens with a piece by Isaac Asimov, who begins:

    Predicting the future is a hopeless, thankless task, with ridicule to begin with and, all too often, scorn to end with. Still, since I

  46. Book cover for Toast

    Toast

    by Charles Stross

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Ever discover an author through another medium, like TV or Twitter or the author’s blog, and realize you want to read everything this author has written and you want to read it yesterday? That’s how I feel about Charles Stross. It’s similar to my evaluation of William Gibson in my last review; Stross writes about the present changes facing humanity in such an interesting way. I don’t always agree with him, and his…

  47. Book cover for Journeys

    Journeys

    by Ian R. MacLeod

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I have never before read anything by Ian R. MacLeod. I have a terrible and impoverishing addiction to purchasing titles from specialty publisher Subterranean Press, and during an all-too-common binge (this time it was Charles Stross titles), I saw this on offer, shrugged, said, "What the hell?" and added it to my cart.

    I don't recall hearing much about Ian R. MacLeod either. His name is almost criminally similar to Ian McDonald, however, whose

  48. Book cover for Burning Chrome

    Burning Chrome

    by William Gibson

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    We are very spoiled, and very privileged, to live now in the twenty-first century. We look back on works of science fiction from the 1950s, 1960s, and onward that reference the 1990s or 2000s as "the future" and make grandiose predictions: we'll have flying cars! a eugenics war! robot apocalypse! It's interesting to note that such extrapolation, while often falling very short of the mark, tends to be conservative when it describes the technological platforms…

  49. Book cover for Songs of the Dying Earth

    Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance

    by George R.R. Martin

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    This is the reason why I hunted down a copy of The Dying Earth and read it. Subterranean Press told me it was publishing a huge anthology of short stories by authors I love, all as a tribute to this Jack Vance guy, who is apparently a Big Deal. See my review of The Dying Earth for thoughts about Vance and my reaction to his series.

    As far as anthologies go, this one is awesome.…

  50. Book cover for Side Jobs

    Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

    by Jim Butcher

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    This review contains spoilers for the ending of Changes and possibly other books in the Dresden Files series. It does not, however, contain spoilers for the short stories themselves in Side Jobs, so I have not marked the review with a spoiler alert.

    This is how much I love the Dresden Files: not only will I buy every book as it is released, a practice I eschew for a great many other authors I…