I must apologize for being such a poor blogger lately. I thought I’d have time this week, but then I didn’t. And last weekend I was writing fiction instead of preparing blog posts. So I was productive, but not here.

I also have one of those half written rants. You know the kind. You get halfway through it and you start wondering if it is wise for you to post it. And then you sit on it for three days before you delete it.

And, I’ve been reading. Here’s what I’ve been reading, and what you can expect reviewed shortly:

SPQR 1: The King’s Gambit by John Maddox Roberts. This is an ancient Roman mystery series. I’m a big fan of ancient Rome (inasmuch as a time period can have a fan) so I was really looking forward to reading this. Except it took me months to finish it, and I can’t entirely blame this blog. What is to blame? You’ll find out when I post my review.

I’m Reading and Tweeting on The Mall of Cthulhu by Seamus Cooper. A tweet by the author reminded me that this book was in my stack and since I needed something light, I pulled it out. I promptly got sucked in to its horrific tentacles, leaving me laughing so hard that I was longing for the sweet mercy of death. Which, if you’ve read the book, you will understand what I just said, but if not, you won’t. Look for #mallofcthulhu.

Just received Bewitched and Betrayed by Lisa Shearin. It comes out in a few weeks, so it’s got a high priority in the stack.

Sampled The Golden Spiral by Lisa Mangum, which also arrived in the mail last week. It also has a recent (or upcoming) release date, so I officially need four eyes and two brains.

Trying to keep my paws of Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal (at least for a few more months; they’re expecting a review, not an advance blurb), so I’m reading her blog instead. And I found a new blog to add to my list. She’s hilarious.

And I’m trying to keep in mind that not every blog post need be an epistle, and I really need to get more casual about this bloging thing.