Stacking the Shelves

Posted May 28, 2016 by Nicky in General / 8 Comments

How’s everyone been this week? The week has gone both really fast and really slow for me; it’s a little weird. I’m working on my next assignment already, but fortunately I’m not down to the wire on it, so there’s still plenty of time for reading as well as learning about microbes!

New books

Cover of Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier Cover of Raven Flight by Juliet Marillier Cover of In Ashes Lie by Marie Brennan Cover of The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

After reading Dreamer’s Pool a week or two ago, I got the itch to read more of Marillier’s work again — and I found Raven Flight in the cheap-ish second hand shop in Leuven. Perfect! In Ashes Lie, I had to grab after loving Midnight Never Come (maybe not as much as the Lady Trent books, but a lot all the same). I haven’t got that pretty cover edition — yet — just an ebook, but I will be picking that up to join my paperbacks of the Lady Trent books and Midnight Never ComeThe Orphan Queen, I’ve been curious about for a while, and I saw it was £1.99 on Kindle…

As for what I’ve been reading, it’s been a productive week! I still need to get my thoughts down about most of these, but there isn’t a dud among ’em.

Books finished this week:

Cover of Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner Cover of Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand Cover of King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner Cover of The Other Wind by Ursula Le Guin

Cover of Midnight Never Come, by Marie Brennan Cover of Blood Price by Tanya Huff Cover of Unnatural Habits by Kerry Greenwood Cover of Blood Trail by Tanya Huff

Reviews posted this week:
Grave Secrets of the Dinosaurs, by Philip Manning. Solid enough book on the soft-tissue finds from dinosaurs, past and present, featuring one particularly complete mummy. 3/5 stars
The Movement: Fighting for the Future, by Gail Simone, Freddie Williams II. Love this team, wish we had more of them. Maybe they were a little ahead of their time, with comics-verse not yet ready for a team like this. 4/5 stars
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, by Sydney Padua. Cute art, exhaustively researched and sourced, and features Ada Lovelace being badass. What’s not to love? 4/5 stars
Tehanu, by Ursula Le Guin. Thematically, this one is really important for Earthsea. I could do without it, though; I dislike seeing Ged so helpless. 3/5 stars
Cruel Beauty, by Rosamund Hodges. Some interesting ideas, and definitely an interesting setting, but some insta-love and asshole alpha male stuff. 2/5 stars
Silk: The Life and Times of Cindy Moon, by Robbie Thompson, Stacey Lee. Lovely art and a fun enough story, though Silk facing up to the real world and her responsibilities as a hero aren’t really new, especially in the context of the other Spider-characters. 3/5 stars
Flashback Friday: The Vintner’s Luck, by Elizabeth Knox. A book I found very enchanting at the time, not least for the way it engages with the senses. And the love story. 5/5 stars

Other posts:
Top Ten Books I Changed My Mind About. Mostly for the better, but sometimes for the worse.
On Steve Rogers as an Agent of Hydra. I have problems with Marvel’s latest direction for Captain America, clearly.

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8 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. I’m so glad that my studying days are over-I remember the stress and lack of time all too well! I hope you get something relaxing to read this week as well. Enjoy!

    • I love having something to focus on and learn, but… it takes so much time, sometimes! I’ve already started out this week well with two books read, so I’m optimistic.

    • I do enjoy it, especially in a foreign country where the selection is sometimes surprisingly different! I had the same in Canada, just so many fun discoveries.

  2. I’ve been so tempted by those other Marie Brennan books! Even though I don’t anticipate I’ll like them as much as her Lady Trent novels, I’m still curious. Plus, the covers are so beautiful, they’re just pulling me in. Will be interested to hear what you think!

    • I enjoyed the first one a lot! It’s not the same or the same style, but I did get really sucked in. Maybe four stars? I’ll have to write up my review soon.

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