#5Books: Book recs and an update on where I am

#5Books for the week ending 29 October

Because I actually am technically in Sydney, I am off being a happy tour guide for a friend visiting from Canada. So if you want to see what else I’m up to this week, check out my instagram: @sydneyeditor1

But here are some book recs I prepared earlier!

Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries: Squirrel on the Train

Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series is hands down one of the most witty, hilarious and snark-filled gem of a series I’ve read in… ever. And part of that charm is that Atticus, the Iron Druid has a talkative, snarky and funny wolfhound called Oberon. Okay, so he may no actually talk as much as he and Atticus can communicate telepathically. He’s so beloved, he has his own Twitter account. And NOW, his own short story series. Here’s an example quote:

“[I don’t get it. You guys look down on chimps for flinging their own poo but you think it’s fine to fling other kinds of poo around? I mean, you get opposable thumbs and this is what you do with them?]”

And some wise words of wisdom on life

“I think life is like a ham bone if you live it right. You enjoy it and then you bury it when you’re finished. If you don’t enjoy it and let it go to waste you still have to bury it, so you might as well savor everything you can.”

HILARIOUS. And now, he has his own series of novellas! This is the second in the series, and Oberon, his wolfhound friend Orlaith and Starbuck the terrier he met in book one, set off for Portland… for reasons to do with smelling things (I suspect there’s more, but the blurb’s not saying), and find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation. This is all Oberon’s POV and he’s the main character and OMG, how fun does this sound?!

New York Fantastic: Fantasy Stories from the City that Never Sleeps

I am intrigued by this collection of stories. It’s exactly what it says on the tin: a love affair between the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, a man with telekinetic powers who becomes NYC’s next superhero, and eve a story about being a real estate agent for supernaturals. So I am absolutely the sound of this! What city would you like see a collection about like this?

You Can Run

For anyone who has read StillHouse Lake, this part of the book is going to sound very similar: A car crashes into a garage and a cop finds a woman imprisoned within the garage, and that’s who the Red River Killer is unmasked. He’s been killing women for 20 years, and now he’s on the run. Detective Inspector Will Turner is on the case, but the blurb is VERY coy on anything to do with him. Why do these killings hold specific significance for him? It can’t be as mundane as the killer killed someone close to him, I think. There’s got to be something more, right?

A Map of the Dark

Elsa Myers finds missing kids, and the book opens on a case she cannot refuse, even though it means leaving her dying father. Somehow or the other, the search for Ruby becomes a search for a man who has been killing for many years — and this gets under her skin, forcing her to face her past, her mother’s death and her relationship with her sister. I think this half sounds like a wonderful character study, cloaked in a mystery. Hmmm. What do you think after reading the blurb?

That’s all she wrote for this week! I’ll be catching up with all comments, though albeit slowly. 


  • Kelly says:

    The weather looks glorious up there Verushka, hope you’re both having a brilliant time. I love exploring the city, no matter how many times you visit, there’s always more to see in your own hometown. I really must demand more photos though <3

    • Verushka says:

      It was glorious for two days and then 15 degrees less and later, not so much HA. I’m a complainer when it gets cold 🙁 Off to Hobart next, where it’s going to be 13 degrees when I’m there. For real. Oi.

  • I wasn’t able to get the hardback of The Purloined Poodle when it came out-I didn’t realise it was limited edition and now it is selling for a stupid price! The ebook just isn’t going to be as fun!

  • The Oberon book is a must but I still need to start that series. It seems automatic for me right? Snarky dog character. I actually am starting to collect the physical books because it WILL be the series I read in 2018. I think A Map of the Dark sounds great as well. As usual, you added to my wishlist!

    • Verushka says:

      Haaa, I did think the Oberon books might’ve been on your list — and yes, get the Iron Druid books! They are the BEST!

  • That’s too funny the dog has his own novellas now, haha. He must be a really beloved character! And that NY book sounds awesome.

    • Verushka says:

      Hearne didn’t so wonderfully with Oberon, he really did! He’s got a great, snarky sense of humour and Oberon lets him show it without having to worry about messing about with the human characters and plots, I think.

  • Have fun being a tour guide! 🙂 I added You Can Run to my goodreads to-read list. Sounds great.


  • Silvia says:

    I’ve been a tour guide for friends and family so many times that I lost count, lol It’s fun, though, especially if you are in very good company 🙂

    P.S. Thanks for the interesting book recs!

  • You Can Run sounds like a books I would like!

  • I’ve been loving all your pics V! I haven’t opened up my blog or nay others in over a week though so I had no idea you were tour guiding! That’s so awesome! Can’t wait to keep seeing more.

    I really want to read StillHouse Lake and you’ve reminded me of that. 😉

    Hope you’ve had a great week this week and hope we’ll be seeing an update!

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