All apologies for the delay in my monthly Books Read post and also for the overall lack of content. There's been a number of things happening on the homefront. First, we moved into our new house (from apartment), so there's been a plethora of home related items to take care of. Second, I have a test coming up next week that I would really love to excel at, so that's been taking a good chunk of the remaining time. Third, life's just been extra busy.
So, I'll probably need a little bit more time to sort this stuff out, but we're close to being through this busy patch. After which, I'll resume the Memories Of series with Pern and Midkemia, plus at least one more after that. We'll see.
The link below is to the one review I managed to write.
1. Landline, by Rainbow Rowell
2. Bravo, by Greg Rucka
3. Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson
4. Hurricane Fever, by Tobias Buckell
5. The Mirror Empire, by Kameron Hurley
6. Book of Iron, by Elizabeth Bear
7. The Diamond Throne, by David Eddings
8. Maplecroft, by Cherie Priest (unfinished)
Best Book of the Month: I was completely caught up in both The Mirror Empire and Words of Radiance. If you're a fan of the massive tomes of more traditional epic fantasy, you really can't go wrong with Words of Radiance. But in the same vein, I kept needing to know more about what's going on in The Mirror Empire. I couldn't review it and do it justice, but that's a landmark fantasy that I hope will be recognized as such for some time. There's a lot to unpack in it, but it's worth the effort.
Disappointment of the Month: This may be the only time I ever put one of Elizabeth Bear's books in the Disappointment category, but I struggled to engage with the novella. Given that I nominated Bone and Jewel Creatures for the Hugo a few years back, it's not the setting of this prequel I struggled with. I don't know. Whatever it was, it's me.
Discovery of the Month: None.
Unfinished of the Month: I've plowed through most of Cherie Priest's novels, and there is seriously nothing wrong with Maplecroft, but I had to force myself to keep picking the book up. I'll give this one another try in the future.
Worth Noting: David Eddings, man. Writing up the Memories of Riva column had me feeling nostalgic and while I'm still not sure the Belgariad will hold up for me, The Diamond Throne mostly did. Mostly. So much of the book is obvious, but it's good fun if you don't think too much about what's going on or examine any of the issues too seriously. But for Eddings, it's damn near adult and it's a piece of my teenage years that happily I can still enjoy. I'll finish up the Elenium before putting Eddings back to bed, possibly for good.
Gender Breakdown: Four of the eight novels I read (or attempted to read) were written by women. Half isn't bad, though I suppose one could argue with me over Maplecroft. This brings me to 43/100 for the year.