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Below are 20 journal entries, after skipping by the 20 most recent ones recorded in Konrad Gaertner's LiveJournal:

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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: [spoiler]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.
Thursday, May 30th, 2013
10:10 pm
BL: Forge of Darkness (Erikson, Steven)
Tor (2012) ISBN: 978-0-7653-2356-9
Score: 2

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
9:36 pm
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
10:14 pm
BL: The Rithmatist (Sanderson, Brandon)
Tor (2013) ISBN: 978-0-7653-2032-2
Score: 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
11:23 am
BL: Dead Ever After (Harris, Charlaine)
Ace (2013) ISBN: 978-1-937007-88-1
Score: 3

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
4:05 pm
BL: Blood of Dragons (Hobb, Robin)
Harper (2013) ISBN: 978-0-06-211685-7
Score: 3

Conclusion of the Rain Wilds Chronicles quartet, in which something is finally done in response to villains' attacks.
Friday, April 26th, 2013
3:17 pm
BL: Emilie and the Hollow World (Wells, Martha)
Strange Chemistry (2013) ISBN: 978-1-908844-49-1
Score: 2

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.
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
10:20 am
BL: Elfland (Warrington, Freda)
Tor (2009) ISBN: 978-0-7653-1869-5
Score: 1

Start of the urban fantasy series Aetherial Tales, about a bunch of elves who are forced to do things they know are wrong by their secrets and desires. I almost quit reading about halfway through during the heroine's wedding reception, and felt the ending was unearned.
Thursday, April 18th, 2013
10:20 pm
BL: Shades of Milk and Honey (Kowal, Mary Robinette)
Tor (2010) ISBN: 978-0-7653-2556-3
Score: 2

Start of a historical fantasy where magical illusions are a common pastime of noble women but England is still fighting Napoleon. The heroine was likeable and the magic interesting, but I'm not a fan of Regency culture and the ending was awfully convenient.

Next Book: Freda Warrington, Elfland
Saturday, April 6th, 2013
5:37 pm
BL: Sartor (Smith, Sherwood)
Book View Cafe (2012) ISBN: 978-1-61138-192-4
Score: 2

Second Lilah novel, in which she helps the rightful heir of the titular nation return and break the enchantment that kept the population in a magical sleep for a hundred years. This is a "kids having amazing adventures" book, with references to other great adventures by kids, which may or may not have been written about elsewhere (several characters mention events that happened in Mearsies Heili, for example).
Sunday, March 31st, 2013
6:40 pm
BL: Kitty Rocks the House (Vaughn, Carrie)
Tor (2013) ISBN: 978-0-7653-6867-6
Score: 3

Eleventh Kitty Norville novel, which begins with a funeral and ends with her moving into a new house. In between is a lot of soul searching (by multiple characters) as unexpected challenges and accusations keep Kitty off balance. I'm not sure I like the direction the series seems to be heading.

Next Book: Sherwood Smith, Sartor
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
7:22 pm
BL: Frost Burned (Briggs, Patricia)
Ace (2013) ISBN: 978-0-441-02001-0
Score: 5

Seventh Mercy Thompson novel, though it may better better to call it the eleventh story of the Mercy, Anna, and Charles series now that national politics is playing a larger role in both series (I'm counting the novella equal to the novels). Mercy is shopping at midnight (Black Friday), gets in a car wreck, and then things get really bad. One thing about these books is that there's never any doubt who the bad guys are; in this case it's a bunch of people trying to start a literal war between supernaturals and mundanes.
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
8:42 pm
BL: Three Parts Dead (Gladstone, Max)
Max Gladstone, Three Parts Dead
Tor (2012) ISBN: 978-0-7653-3310-0
Score: 3

Secondary world urban fantasy about gods (living and dead), immortal wizards, gargoyles, vampires, contract law, and a hive mind called Justice. This reminded me a lot of N.K. Jemisin's books.

Next Book: Patricia Briggs, Frost Burned
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