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    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.
    Friday, November 22nd, 2013
    10:18 pm
    BL: Cast in Sorrow (Sagara, Michelle)
    Luna (2013) ISBN: 978-0-373-80356-9
    Score: 4

    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
    8:00 pm
    BL: Two Serpents Rise (Gladstone, Max)
    Max Gladstone, Two Serpents Rise
    Tor (2013) ISBN: 978-0-7653-3312-4
    Score: 3

    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
    9:48 pm
    BL: 23 Years on Fire (Shepherd, Joel)
    Pyr (2013) ISBN: 978-1-61614-809-6
    Score: -1

    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
    6:18 pm
    BL: Kitty in the Underworld (Vaughn, Carrie)
    Tor (2013) ISBN: 978-0-7653-6868-3
    Score: 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
    4:17 pm
    BL: Cold Steel (Elliott, Kate)
    Orbit (2013) ISBN: 978-0-316-08090-3
    Score: 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
    8:26 pm
    BL: Blood and Bone (Esslemont, Ian C.)
    Tor (2012) ISBN: 978-0-7653-2997-4
    Score: 3

    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
    10:14 pm
    BL: Glamour in Glass (Kowal, Mary Robinette)
    Tor (2012) ISBN: 978-0-7653-2557-0
    Score: 2

    Second Jane Ellsworth book, in which she visits Belgium just in time for Napoleon's return from exile.
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