I’ve been hitting the gym every day after lunch for an hour on the recumbent bicycle, going nowhere faster than a hamster on amphetamines. And the odd thing is, I look forward to Hamster Time. Along with a good cardio workout (and, eventually, thinner thighs), I get an hour to read. Here’s this week’s Hamster Time Titles.
Wisp of a Thing by Alex Bledsoe is the second book in his Tufa series. Read The Hum and the Shiver first. You don’t have to–Wisp is not a sequel and both stories stand alone just fine–but you’ll want to. Trust me on this. This series offers a fresh approach to fairy folklore, memorable characters, solid pacing, and very fine writing. Alex Bledsoe is now officially my favorite urban fantasy writer, bumping Charles de Lint down to second. Yeah. It’s that good.
The Zen of Social Media Marketing by Shama Hyder Kabani is an excellent, actionable approach to the topic. Kabani not only knows her stuff, she updates it. There’s a link to a continuously updated online ebook. This is a great idea, since so many books on related topics are out of date before they’re published.
Land of the Silver Dragon by Ayls Clare is the fifth novel in her Aelf Fen Mystery. The mysteries themselves tend to be slight–in this book it’s almost non-existent–but Clare excels at creating a sense of time and place–the fens north of Cambridge, during the reign of William Rufus (the son of William the Conqueror.) Apprentice healer Lassair is an appealing first-person protagonist. If you’re a fan of medieval-era historical fiction, this series is worth a look.