Yes, dear blog readers it's that time of the month for me again. The time where I lose the ability for rational thought and become enraged with indecision. I'm talking, of course, of the day my audible credits land and it's time to pick some new books. Should I choose only from those books in my wish list, or should I take a gander at what else has dropped since I last looked?
Of course, I take a look... and just as I do so I get an email. As if propelled by some unknown magic (or more likely an intelligent Amazon algorithm that understands me better than I do myself) the email announces that a few books in my wish list are in a two-for-one sale. What luck! My credits will go even further this month!
So What Made the Cut?
First off, and that which I'm listening to right now is Second Hand Curses by Drew Hayes. Long overdue listen for me, especially since I've been a fan of his Authors and Dragons podcast since its inception, but I got here at last and am so far enjoying every minute. Keep your eyes on this site for the review, or pick it up for yourself while it's in the 2-for-1!
Second Hand Curses
When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.
They are Jack, the seemingly unkillable leader whose ever-present grin belies a dark past; Marie, who fights with fury but battles more fiercely to control the beast within; and Frank, the master of logistics, whose cloak hides horrific scars that are far more than skin-deep. As they slash and scheme through kingdom and village alike, the Bastard Champions uncover tantalizing clues to their ultimate quarry: the powerful Blue Fairy, who has made each of their lives a living hell.
Second Hand Curses adds a dash of sly wit and a heaping portion of action to the fairy tales you thought you knew.
The second book in the 2-for-1 is the classic Philip K Dick story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? or, as it's been retitle for this incarnation - Blade Runner. I have, list most people, read the book and seen the movie (both, multiple times) but thought it was time to reacquaint myself to the story through audio only, so as to let my mind paint the pictures for me
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? / Blade Runner
Here is the classic sci-fi novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, set nearly thirty years before the events of the new Warner Bros. film Blade Runner 2049, starring Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, and Robin Wright.
By 2021, the World War has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can't afford one, companies build incredibly realistic simulacra: horses, birds, cats, sheep. They've even built humans. Immigrants to Mars receive androids so sophisticated they are indistinguishable from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans can wreak, the government bans them from Earth. Driven into hiding, unauthorized androids live among human beings, undetected. Rick Deckard, an officially sanctioned bounty hunter, is commissioned to find rogue androids and "retire" them. But when cornered, androids fight back - with lethal force.
But Wait! There's More!
Of course, there are so many others in the list just waiting to make it to the top. Thanks to Audible Plus a whole extra bunch of books are available to add to my library for no extra charge, so of course, I've been skimming the lists for new titles to add. Between Audible Plus and snagging a few promo codes, my recent additions include:
Plus a bunch of new ones I've added to my wish list for next time I have got a credit I don't know what to do with. Of course, if you're the author of any of these and would like to send me an Audible.com code so I can grab a copy to review, it'd be very much welcomed :)
Is there an audiobook out there you'd think I'd like? Perhaps you wrote it and are chasing up some initial reviews. Why not reach out to me if it looks like it'd be something I'd enjoy? Take the books I've reviewed so far as a bit of a guide, then read this page for how to get in touch!