Monday, October 13, 2014
Hawk is the fourteenth novel in the "Vald Taltos" series by Steven Brust. I've been reading and enjoying this series for probably thirty years at this point -- so I can direct you to my reviews on this blog of the recent novels Tiassa, Iorich, Jhegaala, and Dzur. (In reverse-chronological order.) For the elevator-pitch version: it's about a semi-reformed crimelord in a secondary-world fantasy that secretly isn't exactly secondary world and might not really be fantasy; Brust is a great writer of dialogue and generally keeps his tendency to be arch and elliptical in check in this series. Hawk is a hardcover from Tor, arriving October 7th.
No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!, Vol. 5 by Nico Tanigawa, the latest in a series about a very geeky and very socially inept young Japanese woman. I've reviewed this one as well: see my posts on volumes 1 and 2, three, and IV. This is a manga from Yen Press, available right now in the usual paperback format for such things.
(Both of these books are also available in the usual panoply of electronic editions; do I need to say such things?)