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    Saturday, June 28th, 2014
    1:25 pm
    BL: The Sea of Time (Hodgell, P.C.)
    Baen (2014) ISBN: 978-1-4767-3649-5
    Score: 5 (scale of -5 to 5)

    Seventh novel of the Kencyrath, in which the heroine goes south and learns what happened to her brother when he was there (with the usual chaos and destruction that happens wherever she goes). Some of the antagonists are becoming more desperate and it feels like we're getting close to the climax of the series.
    Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
    9:32 pm
    BL: The Severed Streets (Cornell, Paul)
    Tor (2014) ISBN: 978-0-7653-3028-4
    Score: 3

    Second novel of the London Falling series, in which the cops who discovered the supernatural side of London last book meet Neil Gaiman and have to solve some murders linked to city-wide rioting. There's a lot I like about the worldbuilding, characters, and consequences, but the series may be getting too grimdark for me.
    Sunday, June 15th, 2014
    4:00 pm
    BL: Valour and Vanity (Kowal, Mary Robinette)
    Tor (2014) ISBN: 978-0-7653-3416-9
    Score: 3

    Fourth book of the Glamourist Histories series, in which the main characters travel to Venice and Murano to meet glassmakers, swindlers, and Lord Byron.

    Next Book: Paul Cornell, The Severed Streets
    Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
    4:24 pm
    BL: My Real Children (Walton, Jo)
    Tor (2014) ISBN: 978-0-7653-3265-3
    Score: 3 (scale of -5 to 5)

    A woman in a nursing home remembers her lives: her fiance gave her a "now or never" ultimatum and she remembers saying both "yes" and "no" and the lives, families, and worlds that resulted from that choice. This is a book about emotion not action, and an examination of life for a British woman in the twentieth century.
    Friday, April 18th, 2014
    4:09 pm
    BL: Relics of War (formerly titled Ishta's Companion) (Watt-Evans, Lawrence)
    online serial, though you'll have to donate to see the last couple chapters
    (2014)
    Score: 4

    A novel of Ethshar set about 20 years after the Great War (so long before any of the other stories except The Misenchanted Sword), about what the narrator's younger sister found in the forest. Ethshar stories are always about nice, reasonable people, which I sometimes feel is the most fantastical aspect of the setting.
    4:07 pm
    BL: The Queen of the Tearling (Johansen, Erika)
    Harper (2014) ISBN: 978-0-06-232684-3 (ARC)
    Score: -3

    Another teenager raised in exile claiming their throne, so I can't help but compare it to the previous book I read. And the worldbuilding was so bad I gave gave up halfway through. Why do authors insist on giving fantasy worlds science fiction backstories? And what is the point of assassin guilds that no one can afford to hire?
    Monday, April 14th, 2014
    3:36 pm
    BL: The Goblin Emperor (Addison, Katherine)
    (author previously known as Sarah Monette)
    Tor (2014) ISBN: 978-0-7653-2699-7
    Score: 3

    Story of a half-goblin teenager raised in exile who, after an airship crash kills his father and older half-brothers, finds himself Emperor of the Elflands. I found it a bit hard to get into, but I really like the characters and setting, especially compared to the book I tried to read next.


    Next Book: Erika Johansen, The Queen of the Tearling
    Monday, March 31st, 2014
    10:06 pm
    BL: Words of Radiance (Sanderson, Brandon)
    Tor (2014) ISBN: 978-0-7653-2636-2
    Score: 4

    Second book of the Stormlight Archives, involving a lot of politics as we find out what the various factions are up to as the legends start returning. The flashbacks in this book cover Shallan's backstory so we finally find out the truth about her parents' deaths (I'm guessing next book will give us Dalinar's story). A good solid continuation of the story, though I'm trying not to think too hard about how the Oathgates work, and am disappointed that several characters have trouble staying dead.
    Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
    9:47 pm
    BL: The Tropic of Serpents (Brennan, Marie)
    Tor (2014) ISBN: 978-0-7653-3197-7
    Score: 2

    The second Memoir of Lady Trent, concerning her second expedition to study dragons where she causes a bunch of scandals and gets mixed up in politics.
    Friday, March 21st, 2014
    6:40 pm
    BL: The Screaming Staircase (Stroud, Jonathan)
    Hyperion (2013) ISBN: 978-142316491-3
    Score: 2

    Start of juvenile historical fantasy series Lockwood & Co., about kids fighting ghosts in mid/late 20th century England. I found the reasons why only kids can fight ghosts more plausible than Lockwood owning property and founding a company at his age.



    Next Book: Marie Brennan, The Tropic of Serpents
    Monday, March 17th, 2014
    10:14 pm
    BL: Heirs of the Blade (Tchaikovsky, Adrian)
    Tor UK (2011) ISBN: 978-0-330-54129-9
    Score: 4

    Seventh novel of the Shadows of the Apt, covering separate events but same time-frame as book 6. I'm a little confused by the title, since only one of the focus characters really fits as an heir of the blade; the other two explicitly become heirs, but of something rather different.
    Sunday, March 16th, 2014
    8:14 pm
    BL: Possession (Richardson, Kat)
    Roc (2013) ISBN: 978-0-451-46512-2
    Score: 3

    Eighth Greywalker novel, dealing with hungry ghosts and her boyfriend's nasty father.
    Thursday, March 13th, 2014
    8:17 pm
    BL: Night Broken (Briggs, Patricia)
    Ace (2014) ISBN: 978-0-425-25674-9
    Score: 5

    Eighth Mercy Thompson novel, in which a wide variety of trouble comes to town (ex-wife, half-brother, psycho stalker, big dogs). I'm not found of prophetic visions, and the ones here were pretty weak besides. But I still love the characters and the series premise of dealing with the consequences of supernaturals going public.

    Next Book: Kat Richardson, Possession
    Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
    7:49 pm
    BL: Ancillary Justice (Leckie, Ann)
    Orbit (2013) ISBN: 978-0-316-24662-0
    Score: 3

    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
    8:54 pm
    BL: The Emperor's Blades (Staveley, Brian)
    Tor (2014) ISBN: 978-07653-3640-8
    Score: 2

    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
    7:56 pm
    BL: London Falling (Cornell, Paul)
    Tor (2012) ISBN: 978-0-7653-3027-7
    Score: 4

    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
    2:15 pm
    BL: Without a Summer (Kowal, Mary Robinette)
    Tor (2013) ISBN: 978-0-7653-3415-2
    Score: 3

    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
    10:38 pm
    BL: Fiddlehead (Priest, Cherie)
    Tor (2013) ISBN: 978-0-7653-3407-7
    Score: 3

    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
    10:32 pm
    BL: The Sea Watch (Tchaikovsky, Adrian)
    Tor UK (2011) ISBN: 978-0-330-51146-9
    Score: 4

    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
    10:14 pm
    BL: Autumn Bones (Carey, Jacqueline)
    Roc (2013) ISBN: 978-0-451-46518-4
    Score: 2

    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.
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