Stacking the Shelves

Posted 4 June, 2016 by Nikki in General / 10 Comments

This has been a less busy week, thankfully, and I’ve got some work done on tackling my backlog — including an epic sweep removing about 70 books from the backlog that I’m no longer interested in, or where I didn’t enjoy the first book of a series, etc. I really should get back to work again, though, because my next deadline is approaching fast…

Oh well, books first!

Received to review:

Cover of Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

I’ve been interested in this for a while, particularly since my mother actually writes to Yoon Ha Lee regularly, and I’ve read The Fox’s Tower and enjoyed the stories in it.

Books bought this week:

27281393 26792189 Cover of Last First Snow by Max Gladstone

I wasn’t 100% in love with The Sin-Eater’s Daughter, but I love the covers of these books and I’m curious enough… Kameron Hurley’s The Geek Feminist Revolution is obviously going to be awesome, though I don’t know how much new content it contains (since I’ve read We Have Always Fought). Aaaand the Max Gladstone means I have all the books so far, until the next one is out.

Reading wise, it’s been a relatively light week. The M.C. Beaton books aren’t even that great, but they were just the right brain candy for me at the time.

Books finished this week:

Cover of Snobbery With Violence by M.C. Beaton Cover of So You Want to Be A Wizard by Diane Duane Cover of A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner Cover of All For Love by Jane Aiken Hodge

Cover of Hasty Death by M.C. Beaton Cover of Sick of Shadows by M.C. Beaton Cover of Our Lady of Pain by M.C. Beaton Cover of Lucky Planet by David Waltham

Reviews posted this week:
Tam Lin, by Pamela Dean. It took me a long time to really get into this, and then suddenly at 85% it made things work. Also, love the setting. 4/5 stars
Spider-Woman: Spider-Verse, by Dennis Hopeless and Greg Land. Fun enough, and if you didn’t bother with Spider-verse in general, this does give you some info. Involves a lot of the Spider-ladies! 3/5 stars
The Sudden Appearance of Hope, by Claire North. A very interesting one-sentence idea (“what if nobody could ever remember you?”) combined with a technology thriller type plot. 4/5 stars
The Queen of Attolia, by Megan Whalen Turner. More complex than the first book, The Thief, this pushes the characters we’ve already been introduced them and develops them beyond the thumbnail sketches we had before. It was a reread, so maybe no surprise I loved it. 5/5 stars
Hawkeye: Rio Bravo, by Matt Fraction and David Aja. This run of Hawkeye has been fun, and I appreciate a lot about it, but I think the storytelling style wasn’t ideal for me. It relied a lot on the art, and I am not a visual person. 3/5 stars
Tales from Earthsea, by Ursula Le Guin. My main comment on this one is that you really need to read ‘Dragonfly’ to understand The Other Wind. 4/5 stars
Flashback Friday: Debatable Space, by Philip Palmer. Fun and compulsive read, even though it didn’t seem like it would be my thing at all. 4/5 stars

Other posts:
Top Ten Beach Reads. Except I was difficult about the theme, because I don’t do “beach reads”.

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10 Responses to “Stacking the Shelves”

  1. It does feel good to reduce the pile doesn’t it…so you can grab another pile with lesser guilt! *grins* Have a good booky week and I’ll be back posting my STS next week.

  2. majoline

    I’m super interested in what you think about the Diane Duane series and oooh Max Gladstone! I need to catch up to those books so much.

    I was tempted by the Kameron Hurley book, but I’ve read that essay too, so I wavered. If it does have new material, then I might pick it up.

    • I… was not a big fan of Diane Duane. Wrong time, maybe? I liked The Door into Fire, but the Young Wizards books… nah.

      Well, it definitely has more that just that one essay! But I’ve read a whole collection with that as the title essay, so… we’ll see.

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