Once again, apologies for the tardiness of this post as well as the general lack of content. I'd like to tell you that next year I'll have a consistent posting schedule (though I did well for a few months this year), but my wife and I are expecting our first kid in January and I'm pretty sure that will throw some kinks in the frequency of updates.
No reviews to link, though I did start an Ancillary Sword review four times without figuring out just how to write about it.
1. The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
2. Broken Monsters, by Lauren Buekes
3. Lock In, by John Scalzi
4. Acceptance, by Jeff VanderMeer
5. The Ruby Knight, by David Eddings
6. He Drank, and Saw the Spider, by Alex Bledsoe
7. Ancillary Sword, by Ann Leckie
8. The Humans, by Matt Haig
9. My Life, by Li Na
Best Book of the Month: Ancillary Sword is not only the best book I read last month, it will surely be in contention for the best book of the year. As good as Ancillary Justice was (my review), Ancillary Sword is better. Different, but also better. Dazzling.
Disappointment of the Month: None, really.
Discovery of the Month: Also none.
Books and Bars of the Month: I read The Humans for book club, and I'm hoping that unlike the last few months, we're able to actually make it to be part of the conversation. I like the concept, and the book improved as it went on, but I don't know that I'd really recommend it.
Worth Noting: If you haven't been reading Alex Bledsoe's Eddie LaCrosse novels and you'd like a different slice of fantasy like a detective novel set in a traditional medieval fantasy setting, you should really check these out. They begin with The Sword-Edged Blonde (my review) and the latest (He Drank, and Saw the Spider) might be the best of the bunch.
Gender Breakdown: Of the nine books I read last month, four were written by women
(Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym of J. K. Rowling). This brings my
total to 47/109 for the year. I'm slowly creeping the percentage up to a
50/50 split, though I'm not quite sure I'll get there this year.