Looking forward to…

Episode 7

Another selection in my occasional looks back at old reviews which I finished by saying something along the lines of “I’ll be looking forward to reading more of her work/this series/his books in the future” to see if I actually did read more and, if I did, did I like the ones I looked forward to as much as the ones that made me look forward to them?

Let’s see then…

The Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Jude Morgan

First reviewed 24th April 2013. A well researched and beautifully written imagining of Shakespeare’s life and the events that may have influenced his writing. I said “A wonderful book that will appeal not only to Shakespeare fans but also to anyone who appreciates a superbly crafted tale filled with poetry, humanity and tenderness.” Its five-star rating put Morgan onto my looking forward list to read more of his work. But did I?

I did not! I find this unaccountable. He is no longer on my list and I can only assume I removed him during a particularly brutal cull. Over the intervening years, several people have recommended his book about the Brontës, The Taste of Sorrow, and I have now added it to my wishlist. (These posts are playing havoc with my TBR!)

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Strange Bodies by Marcel Theroux

First reviewed 25th April 2013. This one is hard to summarise in a few words. Part science fiction, it’s really a study of what it is that makes us us. I said “A story of mad science turned to evil purpose, the age-old search for immortality, man’s inhumanity to man, but at its heart this is a search for a definition of humanity.” I loved it and again its five stars put him on my list to read more. But did I?

I did! I read his next book, Far North, and sadly felt it was a pretty standard post-apocalypse thriller that didn’t really thrill me. As a result Theroux slipped off my list. I’d still be happy to read another of his books if it came my way, but I no longer specifically look out for him. (Harsh, I know, to drop someone on the basis of one book, but there are well over a hundred authors on my Looking Forward To list, so I have to be pretty brutal.)

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Free Fall by Chris Grabenstein

First reviewed 3rd May 2013. Set in the sunny beach resort of Sea Haven, this is the 8th book in a series about police detective John Ceepak, as told by his sidekick, Officer Danny Boyle. I described it as “cosy with an edge” and said “I’m certainly looking forward to spending some more time in Sea Haven in the future.” But did I?

I did not! To be fair, this is mostly because he hasn’t published another in this series since, seeming now to be concentrating on a highly successful series of children’s books. But I could have – should have – read some of the earlier books in the series! I’ve now added the first, Tilt-A-Whirl, to my wishlist.

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The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann

First reviewed 4th May 2013. This historical fiction is beautifully written, though sometimes a little too sweet and frothy for my taste. However the art of the folding fan, its manufacture and use, is given centre stage, and I found that aspect fascinating. As a debut novel, I felt it showed real promise and said “overall this book gave me a sense of deep enjoyment. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.” But did I?

I did not! However I’m completely exonerated from the charge of neglect this time, since she has never published another novel. Such a pity, since I felt she has a lot to offer. Her website tells me she’s working on another, so I’ll keep looking forward to reading more sometime in the future…

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So, two neglected authors I’ve now reinstated to my wishlist, one who fell off my must-read list but stayed on my might-read list, and one who has stymied my desire to read more by not writing more! Undoubtedly my least successful batch of four so far – told you things would soon start to go downhill. 😂

Have you read any of these authors?
Are they on your “looking forward to” list?

34 thoughts on “Looking forward to…

  1. Oh, I do hope you’ll get back to Grabenstein, FictionFan. I think he tells a good story, and I like the wit in the series. It’s a really accurate portrait of life in a New Jersey seaside town, too. I do understand what it’s like to try to keep up with series (there are far too many I haven’t kept up with!), but that one’s a pretty good one.

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    • I don’t know how often I’ve said over the years that I must read more Grabenstein, usually when you’ve mentioned him on your blog! But somehow he keeps slipping through the cracks. Not this time though – I’m determined!

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  2. This is a really interesting idea, and I might adapt it for a future reading challenge on LIbraryThing.com.

    You’ve done better than me if that’s any consolation, as I have at least one of these books TBR, and think I acquired it in the US – the last time I was there was September/October 2007, and I believe I’ve had it longer. Between 2002 and 2007 and I went to a lot of crime fiction events in the US and in England, and I trawled the convention bookroom stalls and secondhand bookshops and came back with huge numbers of books – I once had to pay $50 excess baggage, but the exchange rate was astonishing and that was less than £30 and probably under $1 (60p) per book. I’m not sure if I bought Tilt-A-Whirl on the recommendation of a friend initially met online or had a convention freebie. I then bought it on Kindle (probably a Deal) over 10 years.

    I also have at least one book each, probably more, by Jude Moore and Marcel Theroux, and have read none.

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    • I’m finding it fun to look back to several years ago and see what kind of books I was enjoying then, but I must admit it’s adding hugely to my wish list! As I suspected a lot of these writers that I said I wanted to read more of have disappeared from my radar. I’m getting slightly better at controlling my TBR these days but it’s still an ongoing effort, and I still have loads of books unread from nearly ten years ago, which was when I got into reviewing and got involved with NetGalley and Vine and all these other enablers!

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  3. Once again I am glad you started this review of your reviews series. I have not read any of these authors. Judging by the lack of books by some of them, it looks like I probaby won’t read them. But The Taste of Sorrow sounds appealing to me!

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    • The authors in this batch are probably less well known than the ones that I’ve highlighted before, which is probably why I’ve been less successful at remembering to follow them up. The Jude Morgan book was great – I loved it, and really don’t understand why I ever removed him from my list. The Bronte book has been recommended by loads of people, so it ought to be great too…

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    • Ha! You made me wonder what category I had put it in when I reviewed it, and I see I couldn’t decide either – I’ve covered all the bases and put it in contemporary fiction, literary fiction and science fiction! 😂

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    • Do you mind me asking, where were you a bookseller? If you don’t wish to answer this because it’s too identifying or for any other reason, I understand. Just being nosy.

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  4. The only one of those authors I’ve read is Jude Morgan and I would definitely recommend The Taste of Sorrow. He also wrote a novel called Passion, about the Romantic Poets, which is another good one.

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    • I don’t know why I didn’t follow up with Jude Morgan – I loved the Shakespeare book. I think I’ll go for the Brontës one next – I don’t know as much about the Romantic Poets so might not feel the same emotional attachment, though it might be a good way to find out more about them…

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    • Ha, since it was back in 2013 that I reviewed it I think you can be forgiven for having forgotten it! Looking back at these old reviews there are lots of books that I have zero memory of at all now. But I do remember the Shakespeare one, and how much I enjoyed it… 😀

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  5. I am not familiar with any of these, authors OR books. I’ll admit to being slightly intrigued by the last one. (there should be an emoji of a folding fan)

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    • Oh, I’m pleased to hear that – I saw he had a whole ton of Mr Lemoncello books and they all seem to have great ratings, so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised he’s concentrating on them now. But I’m sorry he’s stopped writing adult books, at the moment anyway. Just as well he has a back catalogue to explore!

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  6. I really enjoy these posts! The Jude Morgan sounds right up my street, but I am trying to be pretty ruthless with my TBR at the moment – maybe I’ll wait to see what you think of The Taste of Sorrow and then add him to my list if that sounds good.

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    • I’m glad you’re enjoying them – I’m having fun looking back at some of the books I’ve loved, though it’s playing havoc with my wishlist! I remember loving the Jude Morgan so I have high hopes for his Bronte book…

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  7. Never heard of these authors before, so probably not the end of the world this is one of your least successful batches. Reading is like fate – you’ll come back to an author if its meant to be 🙂

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  8. How do you find these again to write about them? Do you tag these or always put the phrase in, or do you add them to a list then look for authors from the list in your blog archives? I’ve been wondering for a while but hadn’t got round to asking …

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    • I do have a list of all the authors I want to read more of, which I add to once a month or so based on recent reviews. But for these posts I just started at my first ever post and have been working forward, reading my last paragraph which usually tells me if I wanted to read more or not. It’s turning up all kinds of people who’d slipped through the cracks in my “system” though – my wishlist is growing exponentially! 😂

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