From the library:
“The Red Plague Affair” by Lilith Saintcrow – Book two in the steampunk/mystery adventures of Bannon & Clare. I read The Iron Wyrm Affair last year and adored it.
“The Color of Rain” by Cori McCarthy – I was talking with a friend about books one day at happy hour, and she mentioned that her coworker’s sister was writing a book. It’s YA/New Adult space opera about a prostitute, which sounded intriguing. (As Ask the DM: Answers to Life, the Universe and Roleplaying has noted, apparently I read and/or enjoy a lot of books with prostitutes as protagonists. I still maintain that this is purely coincidental.)
“The Lemon Orchard” by Luanne Rice – This is a love story about an upper-class woman who falls in love with her Mexican gardener, putting a human face on the issue of illegal immigration.
The next three books on my list are from the publishers over at Angry Robot. They’re moving offices and found a bunch of ARCs that they needed to get rid of quickly. I requested three, all of which I’ve been wanting to read for quite some time.
“vN” by Madeline Ashby – I’ve been meaning to read this one ever since reading a glowing review by Andrea at The Little Red Reviewer. I’ve had it in my hands at a bookstore no less than five times now before having a cheap attack and putting it back, rationalizing that I should read the books that I have on my shelves before buying lots of shiny new ones.
“Morlock Night” by K.W. Jeter – A steampunk classic that imagines Morlocks running amok in Victorian England.
“The Great Game” by Lavie Tidhar – I’ve been following the author’s blog without having read any of his books, and it’s time to change that. This is actually the third book in a steampunk trilogy about aliens invading an alternate Victorian society, but each book in the series has a self-contained plot, and the Goodreads reviews say that I should be able to understand it without having read the others.