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|Sunday, March 2nd, 2014|
|BL: Ancillary Justice (Leckie, Ann)
Orbit (2013) ISBN: 978-0-316-24662-0
Start of the Imperial Radch science fiction series, about an ancillary (formerly human body controlled by a warship AI) on a quest for vengeance in a Roman-style galactic empire. It's an empire of humans (two alien species are named, but not shown) using a non-gendered language, so everyone in the book is referred to as female (no explanation is given for the lack of robots).
|Monday, February 24th, 2014|
|BL: The Emperor's Blades (Staveley, Brian)
Tor (2014) ISBN: 978-07653-3640-8
Start of the Unhewn Throne high fantasy series, about the three kids of an emperor who is killed right before the book starts (thought the heir doesn't learn that until nearly the end). Most of the book focuses on the brutal training of the sons, the heir's being handled by an order of excessively ascetic monks while the younger is being trained as an imperial assassin; the daughter was appointed Minister of Finance and spends her few sections trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to not act like a weak, emotional woman. At least the worldbuilding was interesting: giant birds (nothing says "stealthy assassin" like a 70 foot wingspan), forbidden magic, and a legendary race of emotionless immortals.
|Saturday, January 25th, 2014|
|BL: London Falling (Cornell, Paul)
Tor (2012) ISBN: 978-0-7653-3027-7
Start of an urban fantasy series about 4 London cops who suddenly gain the ability to see the supernatural, and decide they have a duty to fight crimes and criminals that no one else can see.
Next book: Brian Staveley, The Emperor's Blades
|Saturday, January 4th, 2014|
|BL: Without a Summer (Kowal, Mary Robinette)
Tor (2013) ISBN: 978-0-7653-3415-2
Third novel about Jane Ellsworth (who uses a different name in each book), in which she's back in England dealing with political unrest and helping her sister find a husband.
Next Book: Paul Cornell, London Falling
|Thursday, December 19th, 2013|
|BL: Fiddlehead (Priest, Cherie)
Tor (2013) ISBN: 978-0-7653-3407-7
Fifth novel of the Clockwork Century (not counting the novella Clementine
), and possibly the last novel as everyone finally notices the danger of the zombies and their cause.
|Tuesday, December 17th, 2013|
|BL: The Sea Watch (Tchaikovsky, Adrian)
Tor UK (2011) ISBN: 978-0-330-51146-9
Sixth novel of the Shadows of the Apt, in which we return to Collegium and Stenwold gets political with some new factions on and under the sea.
|Monday, November 25th, 2013|
|BL: Autumn Bones (Carey, Jacqueline)
Roc (2013) ISBN: 978-0-451-46518-4
Second novel of the Agent of Hel urban fantasy series, in which things escalate supernaturally (with an Obeah villain) and romantically (she has sex with two guys and considers getting intimate with a third). I like the characters, but it all felt a bit bland and generic.
|Friday, November 22nd, 2013|
|BL: Cast in Sorrow (Sagara, Michelle)
Luna (2013) ISBN: 978-0-373-80356-9
Ninth novel of the Chronicles of Elantra in which the heroine finally reaches the place she spent all of the previous book traveling to and we learn a bunch more about the Barrani. The issues that prompted that journey are dealt with (raising new issues, of course) so I don't expect the return trip to require a full book.
Next Book: Scott Lynch, The Republic of Thieves
|Sunday, November 17th, 2013|
|BL: Two Serpents Rise (Gladstone, Max)
Max Gladstone, Two Serpents Rise
Tor (2013) ISBN: 978-0-7653-3312-4
Second book set in a world where gods are real but most were killed or imprisoned a couple decades ago. This book has a completely new set of characters, and takes place in a city that used to operate like the Aztec empire.
Next Book: Michelle Sagara, Cast in Sorrow
|Thursday, September 26th, 2013|
|BL: 23 Years on Fire (Shepherd, Joel)
Pyr (2013) ISBN: 978-1-61614-809-6
Fourth Cassandra Kresnov novel, and maybe the last I'll read. I loved the first book because it actually showed democracy and rule of law as positive things, even when the majority thinks the heroine is a monster. Then she got more and more power so that in this book she can run around toppling governments and bullying her own just because she can. The big reveal at the end didn't help either:
It's all about the aliens. It was always all about the aliens.
Oh well, at least I still have Freefall
Next Book: Adrian Tchaikovsky, The Sea Watch
|Wednesday, August 14th, 2013|
|BL: Kitty in the Underworld (Vaughn, Carrie)
Tor (2013) ISBN: 978-0-7653-6868-3
Twelfth Kitty Norville book, in which she meets some new people who are also enemies of the villain. This is one of those books where you wonder if the author knows where the series is going.
|Saturday, August 3rd, 2013|
|BL: Cold Steel (Elliott, Kate)
Orbit (2013) ISBN: 978-0-316-08090-3
Conclusion of the Spiritwalker trilogy, in which the heroines return to Europa to violently shake up the social order.
Next Book: Adrian Tchaikovsky, The Sea Watch
|Saturday, July 13th, 2013|
|BL: Blood and Bone (Esslemont, Ian C.)
Tor (2012) ISBN: 978-0-7653-2997-4
Esslemont's fifth novel of the Malazan series, in which a remarkable variety of characters run around the continent of Jacuruku. We see one scene from Stonewielder
from the other POV, and the climax seems to happen at the same time as the end of The Crippled God
. It would help to read this after Forge of Darkness
which explains who the Azathanai are.
Next Book: Kate Elliott, Cold Steel
|Saturday, June 1st, 2013|
|Thursday, May 30th, 2013|
|BL: Forge of Darkness (Erikson, Steven)
Tor (2012) ISBN: 978-0-7653-2356-9
Start of a prequel trilogy to the Malazan series, in which we see the events leading up to the Tiste civil war and Hood declaring war on death. You could start reading the series here, but I had a hard time liking any of the characters (which is part of the reason it took me 8 months to read this). And now I'm trying to remember if I've ever read a prequel where the characters and events were consistent with the original books.
|Monday, May 20th, 2013|
|Meme: 101 Women to Read
Saw an article by Nina Allen
, and decided to try making it a meme. At first I was going to include webcartoonists since women are underrepresented in comics too, but the original context was the lack of women getting (traditionally) published and reviewed, so including a whole bunch who chose to self-publish may have weakened the argument. As it happened, I didn't have much trouble coming up with 101 traditionally published female novelists.( My 101 Favorite Female AuthorsCollapse )
|Sunday, May 19th, 2013|
|BL: The Rithmatist (Sanderson, Brandon)
Tor (2013) ISBN: 978-0-7653-2032-2
Start of a YA steampunk series with a magic system based on drawing figures in chalk. I'm not sure the twists at the end make any sense, but still an enjoyable story.
|Friday, May 17th, 2013|
|BL: Dead Ever After (Harris, Charlaine)
Ace (2013) ISBN: 978-1-937007-88-1
Thirteenth and final Sookie Stackhouse novel, in which all the usual things happen and the dangling plot threads are tied off and buried.
Next Book: Brandon Sanderson, The Rithmatist
|Sunday, April 28th, 2013|
|BL: Blood of Dragons (Hobb, Robin)
Harper (2013) ISBN: 978-0-06-211685-7
Conclusion of the Rain Wilds Chronicles quartet, in which something is finally done in response to villains' attacks.
|Friday, April 26th, 2013|
|BL: Emilie and the Hollow World (Wells, Martha)
Strange Chemistry (2013) ISBN: 978-1-908844-49-1
Start of a YA steampunk series in which a teenage girl runs away from home and tries to stowaway on a ship headed for the city where her cousin lives, but ends up on a research ship trying headed below the surface of the world.