Saturday Books


I haven’t had time to select an excerpt from a book for this week’s Snippet.  It’s been a very busy few days.  Therefore, instead I’m going to list a few books by friends that have been published during the past week.  I recommend them all.

Let’s go in alphabetical order of author, beginning with Alma Boykin‘s latest, the sixth in her “Merchant & Empire” series, “White Gold of Empire“.

The blurb reads:

Without salt, man and beast cannot live. Without fire and tools, man cannot prosper.

Tarno Halson and the other salt makers of Halfeld Fluss must have wood for the fires to boil spring water into salt. Farmers, builders, smiths, tool-makers, bakers, and all the other trades demand wood as well, and tensions have risen among the trades. Tarno, a widower, also seeks a wife. One of the woodworkers offers—insists on Tarno taking—his daughter’s hand. The arrangement might bring peace between two of the trades.

Danger unifies Halfeld Fluss, yet also divides it. When Korvaal’s Son dies, and winter grows harder, obsession and anger simmer like boiling brine—and prove equally deadly.

I particularly enjoy Alma’s “Merchant and Empire” series because it’s solidly based on the merchant and trade economy of medieval and earlier times.  Knowing something about that field, I can find many historical echoes that keep me interested.  Recommended.

Next, there’s a new anthology out, just in time for Halloween:  “It Came From The Trailer Park“.  Stories from members of the North Texas Troublemakers are included, including Lawdog and Old NFO.

It may be in the “horror” section, but there are lots of laughs in this one too.  The blurb reads:

Do you love sparkly vampires? Well too bad, because you won’t find a single one of those fancy-dancy bloodsuckers anywhere in this collection!

It Came From The Trailer Park began as a fun idea to revisit the Classic Horror and Old-School Creature Feature genres with a hefty helping of B-rate tropes thrown in for good measure. Who doesn’t love a good Bruce Cambell or classic Vincent Price flick on a dark and dreary night?

Emmy award winner Bill Oberst Jr. opens the collection and sets the stage for the stories to come. From aliens to demons to werewolves and so many more, you’re sure to fall in love with these tales of the Macabre.

So come on in. Take a load off. And get yourself ready for nineteen unforgettable tales, straight from the Trailer Park.

More or less scary (and frequently funny) accounts of mayhem and the supernatural.  I helped to critique Lawdog’s and Old NFO’s stories, and cackled muchly.

Finally, Sarah Hoyt has released the fourth volume in her Barbarella graphic novel series, based on a 1960’s science fiction character created by Jean-Claude Forest.

The blurb reads:

Having come face-to-shocking face with the identity of her would-be assassin, Barbarella’s quest has turned from merely combatting tyranny to one of survival! How handy that the two quests amount to one and the same. Barbarella and Vix follow the trail to Automata, a factory world populated solely by worker drones, which begs the question: do androids dream of electric freedom?

I’m not normally a reader of comics or graphic novels, but for Sarah Hoyt, I’ll make an exception.  She writes well, and has managed to adapt her novelist skills to the graphic field as well.

I hope you enjoy this week’s selections.  I did!



  1. Just grabbed your wife's "Combined Operations #3". Good series. Did you know she doesn't have a page at Goodreads? I was trying to figure out which books I had read and needed to read series-wise and nothing comes up except her participation in the Texas Writers Anthology thing.

    Also, awesome title. A Perfect Day, with Explosions. I love it and am looking forward to the read.

  2. I'm always appalled at the low-quality cover art of so many books. Honestly, there are examples where no art at all, or just an abstract pattern would be better than what was used. The Barbarella one isn't bad, but the other two?

  3. What Larry said. Barbarella appears to be floating in front of a dragon which appears to be made up of some sort of month old meat, a weird grayish color. Hard to blame an indy author who can't afford to spend a bunch on good artwork but …

    And yes, I almost bought the first Barbarella with one of the alt covers just because of the artwork, then realized that I really didn't need it.

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