#amreading #books #currentlyreading Part 2
- Sir Terry Pratchett, The Shepherd's Crown. After a complete re (re-re-re)-read I finally reached it and am reading for the first time. Lots & lots of feels.
- M. McInnes, Infinite Ground. Fascinating study, very Nouveau Roman inspired, well written. But saldy, like any Nouveau Roman, heads into an impasse plot and story wise. Also, not very SFF-ey.
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I read a lot of "meh" stories lately :/
- E. Mastai, All Our Wrong Todays: poor little white rich boy is the disappointing 30 something year old son of a genius. Then, in a #timetravel accident, he breaks the universe. Well written but didn't get past page 150.
- J. Ayliff, Belt Three. A crepuscular #postapocalyptic space op. It's really too bad some of the story telling and writing are clunky because otherwise it's a good one. A writer to keep an eye on
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The Office of Lost and Found is an #urban #fantasy noir novel by Vincent Holland Keen and published by Fox Spirit Books, an indie small press, nominated for the British Society Awards. The novel is surprising, but also highly inventive and with a great relationship between both caracters. Read more here: http://www.themiddleshelf.org/reviews/vincent-holland-keen-the-office-of-lost-and-found
What I read lately & am currently reading:
- Blackass by A. I. Barrett. Great satire of race and gender issues in Nigeria. Not very SFF-ey, but it's nominated for a Nommo Awards. To be reviewed soon.
- The Prey of Gods by N. Drayden. Excellent blend of #fantasy & #scifi. But very American: Drayden had excellent context to deepen her story with race/gender issues but chose to put the emphasis on action. To be reviewed soon.
- Infinite Ground by M. McInnes. An SFF Nouveau Roman novel, impressive!
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Does Robin Hobin really need another review for her famous #fantasy Fitz and The Fool #trilogy? Of course not. But it was for me an almost 20 years journey with beloved characters & I wanted to say goodbye. The #review is entirely spoiler free for this whole latest trilogy. http://www.themiddleshelf.org/book-review-policy.html
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A powerful Lovecraftian novella that turn on its head the racist tropes: The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle. http://www.themiddleshelf.org/reviews/victor-lavalle-the-ballad-of-black-tom
Everyone kept telling me I had to read it, so as I was told, here I am telling you: 'You have to read it'!
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If you don't have time enough to read, here are ten #scifi and #fantasy short stories (including two novellas and two anthologies) you shouldn't miss: http://www.themiddleshelf.org/reviews/ten-sff-short-stories-and-stories-that-are-short
Some are freely available to read online.
Do you want a personalised recommendation on what to read this summer?
From 21 June to 25 August, I'll send you by email a personalised recommendation about books that you might like (#scifi and #fantasy only, no romance). You just have to fill in the survey about your tastes. Please note that by filling in the survey, you accept to receive the newsletter (only 2 issues a month!).
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Review: Alexis Wright, The Swan Book.
The Swan Book is by more way than one a novel that blur the genres. It is also something quite unique and if you are the right reader for it, this politically and ecologically engaged #fantasy novel from Australia set in the near future will be a delight to read.
Recently read and currently reading #scifi #fantasy:
- S. Hawkins, The Library at Mount Char. A lot of gratuitous violence and sadism, a story that wasn't surprising and very unappealing characters.
- U. Malik, The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn. Brilliant!
- J. Grimsley, Kirith Kirin. I have trouble getting engaged in the story which is traditional epic fantasy. I'm keeping on bc I've been spoilered for book 2 and it gives me hope it'll turn out to be better than it is at the moment.
Recently read and currently reading:
- E. Newman, the Split Worlds series. Loved it and devoured it in five days. I'll review it in July on my blog.
- V. E. Schwab, A Conjuring of Light. I'm so not the right reader for this and gave it up on page 50. Also, honestly, I found the writing awkward.
- T. Pratchett, Raising Steam. Part of a complete re-read with a friend. It feels uncomplete, like a first draft. It hurts to dislike one of his books.
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An out of season #fantasy novella set in the near future but steeped in the supernatural: Winter by Dan Grace.
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So I'm going to gush about my love for The Split Worlds series by E. Newman #fantasy. I started on it a week ago & just finished the last book published yesterday (Oops, I was supposed to be working!). It's action packed, socially engaged against patriarchy & the characters truly come to life. I've laughed, I've raged & even shed a tear or two. If it sounds even remotely attractive to you, then buy it bc these few words barely cover its awesomeness
Next on my TBR list: as soon as I've finished the Split World series (on book 3, there are 5 including the one published this week) I have a lot of things but since I'll have four weeks of hell at work, I need to pick stories that won't be too addictive. So I haven't really decided yet. Probably Butterfly Fish by Okojie, Grim Arcana by Thorne and The Library at Mount Char by Hawkins.
Recently read and currently reading:
- The Hanging Tree by Aaronovitch: rekindled a bit my love for the PC Grant series #fantasy, though I'm in no rush to read the next one (published this month).
- The Stars are Legions by Hurley: space op #scifi and QUILTBAG characters. I had trouble getting into it but a good read if you want action packed story & theme of bad break up.
- The Split Worlds series by Newman #fantasy. Loving and devouring it to be ready for the last volume published this week.
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Come for the D&D feel, stay for the characters! Adventure, adventure, adventure... All of that and more in The Copper Cat trilogy by J. Williams:
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#blogpost #scifi #selfpromo #diversity
Of female writers, PoC writers and quotas: http://www.themiddleshelf.org/while-we-were-reading/of-female-writers-poc-writers-and-quotas
Following a post by Gareth Beniston examining quotas in the context of #scifi awards, I look at quotas in the context of book blogging.
#amreading #nowreading (What's the # in here? I'm lost... Anyways...) The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley. Bonus point: lesbian character (I like my #scifi to be diverse). Malus point: amnesia cliché. Hopeful point: seems like it's not full of space opera clichés. The jury is still out at the moment.
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