Anyway, yeah, doing a quick post so that my year-end book round-up won't be so clogged up. In the three weeks since my last post, I've only read seven, not counting the Temeraire books, because I went and got sick for a few days (dehydration again) during finals/grade submission week (that was unpleasant), and then that led directly to the Christmas grind where I sacrificed my reading time to socialisation and capitalism. I don't know if I'll be able to read anything else before the year ends, but hey, I only meant to read a hundred books this year and here I am at a hundred and twenty-one. So we'll see what happens.
I'll see you all before the end of the year.
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell was a Christmas present from Hakkai! :D I'd considered getting it for myself when it was released a month or so back, but I demurred because I've been feeling a bit umay with Gaiman and his storytelling. (The man has favourite themes and tropes. He really, really has them.) Sleeper is beautifully illustrated by Riddell, and Gaiman pulls off his favourite device (the retelling) in a fresh way that'll probably interest readers who share my problems with his more recent work. I shan't spoil it, but it's definitely worth acquiring your own copy, imho.
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki is magical realism dressed up in the trappings of theoretical physics. I read it directly after the TTBP, and provided a lovely contrast to its themes and structure. There are two POVs in this book and they're engaged in a kind of one-way correspondence. Usually I don't enjoy epistolary novels, but the voices of both characters were interesting and arresting enough to keep me engaged. I'm probably going to read all of Ozeki's work on the power of this novel alone. :))
Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson was messy. I'm used to Winterson writing novels that have multiple PoVs, and cut across time and space, and she can usually hold things together, but this one honestly felt incoherent. It also didn't feel finished. It was a bit disappointing, but it's the first disappointment I've had from Winterson, so I'll live, I guess.
The Emperor's Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #1) by Brian Staveley is ambitious as fuck. Kam was tweeting about it, and I was so curious about her reactions that I had to give it a go. I do not regret it at all! It gives us three wonderful PoV characters with unique voices, ambitions, and interests, a complex empire with a history and culture, and a whole pile of murder mysteries. There are some parts that are noticeably weak, but I enjoyed it over-all. Staveley spends majority of the novel setting up the three PoV characters and letting us get to know them and now I am thoroughly invested because they're so charming and engaging. Goddamn it. Next book's coming out next year, and I can't wait. Good high fantasy!!!
Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, Victory of Eagles, Crucible of Gold, Tongues of Serpents, and Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire #3-8)
Yeah, Kam and I meant to keep the re-read up until January, but somehow, we finished a few weeks early. I'd forgotten how readable these goddamn books are, and how the plot and pacing are irresistible. I'm really happy that we re-read it, but now I am genuinely worried because League of Dragons doesn't have a proper release date yet and reading books 1-8 in one go just made the waiting even more unbearable. Especially since Novik ended BoT in such a bad place. I don't know what I want from the last book other than having the main cast of characters STAY ALIVE, HEALTHY, AND HAPPY. I'm not even going to wish that they keep all their limbs because Granby's fucked that up. (Gosh, Granby. It's really not your fault. But. Yeah.) It's ridiculously good, unbearably painful, and goddamn clever. Ugh. I need the last book now, or an actual release date, at the very least.
Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
Off to be the Wizard (Magic 2.0 #1) by Scott Meyer
Next 20 Reads:
1. Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
2. Fortune's Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach
3. The Witch Queen (Fern Capel #3) by Jan Siegl
4. Sous Chef by Michael Gibney
5. Dancer by Colum McCann
6. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
7. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
8. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
9. Milk: the Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages by Anne Mendelson
10. Red Shirts by John Scalzi
11. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything by Col. Chris Hadfield
12. Waking the Merrow by Heather Rigney
13. A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
14. Fulgrim (Horus Heresy #5) by Graham McNeill
15. The Master & Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
16. Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
17. Dawn (Xenogenesis #1) by Octavia Butler
18. Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #1) by Steven Erikson
19. Diaspora by Greg Egan
20. Abarat: Days of Magic Nights of War (Abarat #2) by Clive Barker