Rest of 2020 and into 2021 ebook roundup post

Geez, this post was sitting in my drafts section of my WordPress for ages. Oops. Let’s see if I can get this finally posted, okay?

Acquired from Kobo during the end of 2020:

  • Hench, by Natalie Zina Walschots. SF/Superheroes. Grabbed this once I saw buzz going around about it from the Bitchery, because it sounds awesome: a story about a young woman in a superhero world driven to serious injury as collateral damage in a fight between heroes and supervillains–and nobody cares because she was temping for the villain at the time. So she starts using her own strong talent for data gathering to show how ordinary people are being harmed by the superheroes, until she winds up being a top supervillain’s second in command. I’m here for this!
  • Secrets and LiesRecklessNever TellHidden Sins, and Deception, by Selena Montgomery. All romance/romantic suspense, by Stacey Abrams under her pen name of Selena Montgomery. Bought on general “because damn, Stacey Abrams has been awesome the last several years” grounds.
  • All Together Now, by Alan Doyle. This is Alan’s most recent book talking about his history with Great Big Sea and his life in general. Bought for general “duh, because ALAN” reasons that any Great Big Sea fan will certainly understand.
  • Goldilocks, by Laura Lam. SF. Grabbed this because I liked the last SF novel I read by this author, because this is a plot featuring women, and because the plot in general sounded intriguing.
  • The Last Emperox, by John Scalzi. SF. Nabbed because it was on sale at the time, and because it’s book 3 of his Interdependency series. I liked Book 1 and will look forward to reading this one.

Pre-ordered from Kobo during 2020:

  • While Justice Sleeps, by Stacey Abrams. Forthcoming thriller, this time written under her actual name. Bought on same general grounds of “because Abrams is awesome”.

Acquired from Amazon during 2020:

  • The Psychology of Time Travel, by Kate Mascarenhas.

Acquired from Kobo during 2021:

  • The Key to All Things and The Chocolatier’s Ghost, by Cindy Lynn Speer. Gotten because Cindy is a fellow former Drollerie author, and because I quite loved The Chocolatier’s Wife.
  • The Year of the Witching, by Alexis Henderson. I’ve seen a lot of buzz about this one over the last several months, both on Smart Bitches and
  • The Once and Future Witches, by Alix E. Harrow.
  • Spoiler Alert, by Olivia Dade. Romance by an author I’ve heard about via Smart Bitches, Olivia Dade, and one of whose books I’ve already read as a library checkout. She seems to have a nice trend going in her books of larger heroines, and plus this particular book is heavily fannish as well.
  • Girl, Serpent, Thorn, by Melissa Bashardoust.

Acquired from Amazon during 2021:

  • Subversive, Radical, and Revolutionary, by Colleen Cowley. Fantasy trilogy. Nabbed this entire trilogy because of this review over on Smart Bitches!

Acquired as birthday gifts this very weekend as I write this post:

  • Middle-Earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend, by Donato Giancola. Wanted this because I’ve seen this man’s art come up again and again in discussions of the Tolkien legendarium, particularly on They have a lovely profile and interview of him over here. And the artist’s own page is here.
  • 1000 airs du Québec et de l’Amérique francophone, by Olivier Demers. if you’ve hung around my site long enough to know how big a Le Vent du Nord fan I am, and also that I’m a fiddle padawan, you’ll know why I had to nab this songbook of tunes from the Quebecois repertoire by one of my top favorite fiddle players from the province. I will very, very much look forward to delving into this in depth. :D

161 total for 2020. 11 so far for 2021.

6 Replies to “Rest of 2020 and into 2021 ebook roundup post”

  1. Jen read *All Together Now* and *Spoiler Alert*, and stuck the latter on my to-read stack. I, meanwhile, have been super-slow at reading lately… basically just two books since November, *Sense and Sensibility* and *Silk & Steel*. Still have a couple of stories to go on the latter. I did read the first three volumes of The Immortal Hulk, too.

    I got a couple of physical books which seem like they might be within your sphere of interest: *Clever Maids, Fearless Jacks, and a Cat: Fairy Tales from a Living Oral Tradition*, built around stories from two Newfoundland storytellers; and the new edition of the *Come and I Will Sing You* songbook. Actually I only just now realized that Pius Power, one of said storytellers in the first book, also was a source of songs in the second book! I believe I scraped some recordings of him off the web last year, I probably should make an effort to get around to listening to them.

    Ooo, and I think the Demers book might solve one of my problems for Valentine’s Day…

  2. Should have also pointed out, as long as I’d strayed away from eBooks, that the new Dardanelles album is great, and of course there’s also the new edition of Kelly Russell’s Fiddle Music of Newfoundland and Labrador volume 1. Later also has a website with all the tunes from the book and many archival recordings of Rufus and Emile —

    1. Nice, thank you! I wasn’t aware the Dardanelles had put out a new one, that’s definitely relevant to my interests. :D

      And thanks for the tip about the Russell volume as well!

      1. Okay, so in “breaking” Newfoundland trad news, since I wrote that yesterday, Kelly Russell has started posting the long out of print Pigeon Inlet back catalogue on Bandcamp! You can stream the albums from there or download them for free, though I think I discovered yesterday that you need to pay CA$1 to get Bandcamp to register that you “own” the album. So far the releases include Emile Benoit’s first album, two storytelling albums, “Music From French Newfoundland”, and a Jim Payne & Kelly Russell single.

        If he keeps posting them at this rate, today or tomorrow should see the release of Jim Payne & Kelly Russell’s classic LP (which includes the first recording of “Wave Over Wave”) and Emile Benoit’s incredibly hard to find second LP.

        1. I’m very familiar with Bandcamp, yeah, and have bought a boatload of albums from that site. In fact, it’s my current preferred way to buy a musician or group’s work, if I have a choice in the matter. Thanks for the heads up on this, though! I’ve got a couple of the albums on that list already, but it’ll be pleasant to check out more of them.

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