October 2016 Read and Reviewed RoundUp

Earlier this month, I transferred from a Wordpress hosted site to one on Squarespace. As it turns out, you can't change a web-host without breaking a few links (or at least I can't, anyway...), so some prior month's reviews and roundups may have links to lead only to dead ends. Sorry about that. Beneath the "Blog" menu up top, there are options to search, as well as a comprehensive listing of all titles I've reviewed here. This may be a long way around it in terms of a solution, but, frankly, I don't have time to go through every blog entry and check every link. By all means, though, feel free to poke around!

In addition to changing things up with web-hosts and redesigning this site from square one, I've been busy reading, as I often am. Here's the books I've crossed paths with in October!

  1. Order to Kill by Kyle Mills
  2. Bite by K.S. Merbeth (audiobook)
  3. Pressure by Jeff Strand (audiobook)
  4. Extinction Aftermath by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  5. Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw
  6. The Dispatcher by John Scalzi (audiobook)
  7. Everything Belongs to the Future by Laurie Penny
  8. Siren of Depravity by Gary Fry
  9. Fungoid by William Meikle
  10. Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell by Paul Kane
  11. Witching Hour Theatre by Jonathan Janz

In addition to changing web hosts, I've also stepped away from BookLikes for a while. When I was using Wordpress, I was able to sync my BookLikes account with my blog and have reviews from BL automatically post to Wordpress. Unfortunately, this synchronization is not possible between BookLikes and Squarespace, which I'm kind of disappointed with. Older posts written at BookLikes/Wordpress were imported here with the star rating, but newer posts will not have them. I did like having the star rating present as an image on each title I reviewed, but it looks like I won't be able to carry over that information anymore in quite the same way as before. Ah well. The entire issue of star ratings is somewhat problematic anyway, but that's an issue for another day... I've decided to include the star rating they would have otherwise received in old fashioned text as a Final Verdict portion of the review at the bottom, or by using the code supplied by Goodreads to copy the review posted there to this blog here, so you may notice some stylistic changes as I adjust and get comfortable to this new setting.

November is Sci-Fi Month 2016, so stay tuned for some genre goodies from that field for the entire month. I've got a few titles all picked out and lined up, ready to go. It's been a while since I've focused specifically on science fiction titles, and I'm pretty eager to explore what's out there. The first review, for Alastair Reynolds's Revenger, should be up in a few more days.

Michael Patrick Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

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