Like everybody else, I’ve been suffering through the heat of July and actually caught myself looking forward to the excellent AC at the office (versus the electric fan at home). I have the feeling I didn’t read very much this month, but what I did read ranged from wonderful to terrible.
Books read: 6
Pages read: 2 232
Series started: The American Fairy Trilogy, The Bookman Histories
Series continued: –
Series finished: Tiffany Aching
Other news: I supported the anthology Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism & Beyond via indiegogo. It sounds fantastic! N.K. Jemisin, Lauren Beukes, Tobias Buckell, Junot Díaz, and a ton of authors I’ve never heard of but would like to read… if you have a dollar or two to spare, head over there and donate. 🙂
A wonderfully think-y book about identity, belief, friendship, loss and rebuilding, science and religion, and tons of other deep themes. In Terry Pratchett’s voice, everything flows beautifully, the characters are lovable and memorable and I already miss spending time with them on the Nation island. A book that begs to be read and re-read and then re-read again, out loud.
Tiffany Aching is way up there with my favorite fictional heroines of all time. The practical young witch deals with growing up, doing dirty jobs that nobody else wants to do (or knows how to) and, of course, a horde of drunk and insane Nac Mac Feegles. The entire series comes highly recommended and made me love Terry Pratchett even more.
A collection of articles, memories, and anectodes about the woman we know as the Dragonlady. Her Pern books have enchanted me as a teenager and this tribute made me cry on several occasions. The range of topics is astounding, every one of them is written with heart, and makes Anne McCaffrey come to life. A must-read for fans and a big recommendations for those who aren’t quite sure if McCaffrey is right for them.
A massive amount of ideas, all piled on top of each other. Sadly, the pale protagonist is joined by even paler side characters on an adventure that feels forced, badly constructed and, ultimately, boring. Add to this clumsy writing and you have my answer: No more Bookman Histories for me, thank you very much.
A book that attempts to be feminist but ended up being incredibly sexist and misogynist, at least the way I read it. The story is bland, the characters are (at best) two-dimensional, the narrator whines his way through his rich white boy problems. The only redeeming part are the short chapters out of the Girls’ point of view which do show feminist ideas and good writing. They weren’t enough, though.
A nice, quick read that offers some wonderfully creepy moments but loses the grip on its ideas around the middle. Good characters, good language for kids to read, too many ideas and an ending that leaves almost all of the mysteries unresolved. Only read if you don’t mind or want to commit to the entire series.
FOLLOWING ME INTO AUGUST…
… are these lovely books, in various states of half-read-ness or anticipated only-read-chapter-one-ness. Some I’ve been dragging around since early June (poor Warchild, and it really doesn’t deserve it). The plan is to finish these before the Bout of Books read-a-thon, so I can start with a fresh set of books. But even I don’t know what books I’ll want to pick up randomly throughout the next weeks.
- Lauren Beukes – The Shining Girls (35%)
- Scott Lynch – The Republic of Thieves (50%)
- Terry Pratchett – Maskerade (41%)
- Anne McCaffrey – The Ship Who Sang (36%)
- Karin Lowachee – Warchild (57%)
- Iain M. Banks – Consider Phlebas (8%)
- Mira Grant – Feed (1%)