Stacking the Shelves

Posted July 23, 2016 by Nicky in General / 10 Comments

Good morning, folks! How is everybody? I’m having a busy time, with my wedding coming up and an assignment deadline due while I’m actually away on my honeymoon… but things progress. And there are books, which is always nice.

Books to review

Cover of After Atlas by Emma Newman Cover of Red Right Hand by Chris Holm

I guess I need to hurry up and read Planetfall… Also, yay for Chris Holm’s new book!

Books bought

Cover of Thief's Magic by Trudi Canavan Cover of Europe in Autumn by David Hutchinson Cover of The End of the World Running Club by Adrian Walker Cover of The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

The Mighty Dead by Adam Nicholson Cover of Roses and Rot by Kat Howard Cover of Temeraire by Naomi Novik

Nearly all of these were in the sale, don’t hurt me. And Roses and Rot I actually picked up a while ago, but I don’t think it ever made it into an STS post. So tahdah. Buying Temeraire for my Kindle is a blatant excuse to start rereading that series, especially given Imyril’s reviews

Books finished this week

Cover of Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews Cover of Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews Cover of Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews Cover of Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Reviews posted this week:
Our Lady of Pain, by M.C. Beaton. I’m really not impressed by this series, but it made good light reading. 2/5 stars
The Greatest Show on Earth, by Richard Dawkins. Skip Dawkins, go back to Darwin. It’s not that he’s wrong, at least in his science. It’s his attitude. I’ve never hated agreeing with someone so much. 3/5 stars
A Surfeit of Lampreys, by Ngaio Marsh. Ngaio Marsh isn’t bad at constructing a mystery and doing little character sketches, but I’ve stopped caring about her detective, who could be replaced by a cardboard cutout in this book. 2/5 stars
The Sleeping Prince, by Melinda Salisbury. If you enjoyed the first book, you’ll probably enjoy this one. I found it enjoyable, and probably better than the first, though I did also find it somewhat predictable. 3/5 stars
Bitterblue, by Kristin Cashore. Not an easy read, but worthwhile, this book pulls the whole loosely linked series together very effectively. 4/5 stars
Missing Microbes, by Martin Blaser. Makes a very good point about the way we’re destroying our own microbiomes, and how that might affect illnesses from allergies to ulcerative colitis. It might stretch a bit far at times, but I found it enjoyable and interesting. 4/5 stars
Flashback Friday: Exiled from Camelot, by Cherith Baldry. A book I read for my Master’s dissertation on the portrayal of Kay, this one is pretty fun, with a non-traditionally-capable Kay and a strong bond between him and Arthur. 4/5 stars

Other posts: 
Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside the US. What it says on the tin, with mostly historical fantasy to delight you.

Any fun plans for this week? Reading anything I should know about?

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10 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. Really must get back to Ilona Andrews and give Kate another try! I got the books originally through bookcrossing, read and rated book one as 3 star and stopped. Must go back to it some day and see what I think. Fun? No fun planned I’m afraid! Just hoping I can get back into the reading thing tonight!

  2. I don’t think that I’ve heard of any of these before but there’s quite a few of them that look interesting to me and that I’ll be looking up 😀 I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

  3. Sweet, After Atlas! I’ve heard that it’s a stand alone from Planetfall, which is actually kind of disappointing because I had so many questions after that book 😛 Well, at least you don’t have to rush to read it if you can’t fit it in!

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