Stacking the Shelves

Posted June 18, 2016 by Nicky in General / 12 Comments

Hey everyone! It’s been a busy week, but finally my wedding plans are looking more sorted and both me and my partner are done with assignments and such (for now). Now I can read more, right? Right?!

Books received to review:

Cover of Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I wasn’t 100% sold on Signal to Noise, but I’m interested in this one all the same.

Books finished this week:

Cover of Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers Cover of Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury Cover of The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins

 Cover of Fever by Mary Beth Keane Cover of A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke Cover of Surfeit of Lampreys, by Ngaio Marsh

Reviews posted this week:
The Book of Phoenix, by Nnedi Okorafor. Maybe the strongest of Okorafor’s books I’ve read so far, at least for me. It’s crammed full of stuff and I didn’t feel like it really used it all, but it was a good narrative of how we make myth. 3/5 stars
The Raven and the Reindeer, by T. Kingfisher. A sweet version of The Snow Queen, with a twist. Gerta still rescues Kay, but along the way she meets her real love… 4/5 stars
Spider-Woman: New Duds, by Dennis Hopeless and Javier Rodriguez. A fun redesign for Jessica Drew, and an interesting story… unfortunately cut off by Secret Wars. 3/5 stars
The Other Wind, by Ursula Le Guin. The ending this series deserved, beautifully dealing with some of the issues that might have been nagging at the observant. 4/5 stars
Snobbery With Violence, by M.C. Beaton. Relatively silly and light, with a by-the-numbers mystery, but it entertained me. 3/5 stars
Wylding Hall, by Elizabeth Hand. Has a real sense of the uncanny and an interesting structure (which some people might find annoying, but which I enjoyed). Never pushes into horror for me, but stays solidly unsettlingly. There’s one bone-chilling moment, though… 4/5 stars
Flashback Friday: Prince of Annwn, by Evangeline Walton. Skillful retelling of the First Branch of the Mabinogion. Expands and humanises, but deals very well with the original material and keeps everything in line with it. 3/5 stars

Other posts:
Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of the Year. What it says on the tin. Gimme!

How’s everyone been?

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12 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. majoline

    Ooh, Bradbury! Also, I keep meaning to read His Fair Assassin series, I have the first book and everything, just oops. Haven’t gotten around to it yet /o\

    I’m really interested in your opinion of *Fever*, I’ve been on the fence about reading it.

    • I… did not enjoy the Bradbury, alas. I’ve liked other books, but not this.

      Fever… I still need to write my review. Why are you on the fence?

  2. The thought of planning a wedding gives me the cringe! Sooo much work! Glad it’s all going well for you. Now to fit in some nice reading time! Enjoy the weekend!

    • Luckily, it’s tiny, just us and the witnesses — not even most of our families (though my partner’s brother is her witness). So it’s not soooo bad.

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