We Missed a Couple: Mean Streets, A Calculus of Angels

Inevitably dates for books are changed (it is so malleable in the Kindle store) and they become available at times we weren’t expecting.

Thus it ever is. But it’s two good selections; or, if you look at it from another perspective, five.

Mean Streets by Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green, Kat Richardson, Thomas E. Sniegoski

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An omnibus consisting of four novellas from the supernatural private investigator genre ((Of which I need to rant about. There’s a reason I love Liz Williams’ Inspector Chen series.)), it’s a wonderful introduction to each of their worlds if you’re looking to expand beyond $favorite_author.

For fans of the Harry Dresden series, starring the only wizard P.I. in Chicago, there’s The Warrior. It’s especially necessary to read for those of us who were worried as hell after Michael got shot up on the helicopter ladder.

For fans of John Taylor, who hails from the city of London, is The Difference a Day Makes, which begins with a case about a man who wasn’t there, but the meat of the story is undoubtedly about the disappearance of a day from a woman’s personal timeline.

Harper Blaine is a Seattle P.I. who suddenly gained the ability to move through “the Grey”: the supernatural world, a parallel that exists and overlays reality. At the moment she’s given up on a normal life and investigating the paranormal oddness that is The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog.

And we have a new man in the field: supernatural P.I. Remy Chandler—otherwise known as Remiel, an angel who hasn’t so much fallen as taken to Earth to attempt to find himself ((And also proving once again that angelkind really sucks at coming up with a fake moniker. Almost as bad as vampires, really.)). His series is brand new—beginning with A Kiss Before the Apocalypse—and here we see him grieving in its aftermath (although what, exactly, was the aftermath, and what it was after, isn’t spoiled in this story). Fortunately… or something… trouble rolls his way in Noah’s Orphans.

If you’ve run out of all the books in your current urban fantasy P.I. series, isn’t it nice to know that you can find at least three more from one book?

A Calculus of Angels by J. Gregory Keyes

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Second in the Age of Unreason series, the first book, Newton’s Canon, is not yet available on the Kindle. I’ve always wanted to read this series (and yes, the cover art is a big part of the draw), and it’s very much in the science-fiction-as-fantasy 18th century vein, when Newton discovers Philospher’s Mercury instead of gravity.

Is it steampunk? I don’t know. I always thought that had more to do with engines.