Unstacking the Shelves

Posted 10 September, 2016 by Nikki in General / 11 Comments

Wow, it’s been another Unstacking week! Can you believe it? I really can’t, especially since I know I have a ton of Amazon vouchers. I’m just finding it so hard to make decisions! As soon as I think “yeah, I’ll get this”, I think about saving my vouchers for the next thing I desperately want… Which is good for my TBR pile, I guess, but not so fun for instant gratification.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been reading this week. Once again: please don’t tell me to enjoy them! I’ve read them already! Instead, let’s celebrate me clearing the stacks a bit.

Books read this week:

Cover of Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers Cover of The Technological Singularity by Murray Shanahan Cover of The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard Cover of How To Traverse Terra Incognita by Dean Francis Alfar Cover of Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

I thought I’d read more this week, but I guess I’ve been really busy. Oh well!

Reviews posted this week:

Gillespie and I, by Jane Harris. Slow but intriguing, sort of a mystery, with a very unreliable narrator. 4/5 stars
Home: A Time Traveller’s Tales from Britain’s Prehistory, by Francis Pryor. I found this less coherent than other work I’ve read by Pryor, but it’s an interesting survey of what homes were like — even if it doesn’t stick that closely to home life. 3/5 stars
Saga Volume Four, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Married life is not a perfect dream for Alana and Marko, even without the whole intergalactic fugitives thing… Entertaining, as always. 4/5 stars
Magic Rises, by Ilona Andrews. It has a bit too much of Kate and Curran being total idiots at each other, but it also goes further into the plotline about Kate’s father, which is very welcome — and this volume definitely brings the feels. 4/5 stars
Feed, by Mira Grant. This was a reread for me and I appreciated it a lot more this time. Although it is weird reading about such a reasonable Republican candidate when you think of the current political climate! And of course, there’s zombies… 4/5 stars
The Heart of Aces, by various. This is a collection of romance stories about asexual people having relationships and compromising and all those lovely things. The quality is very uneven, but it’s nice that such a collection exists. 2/5 stars
The Incorruptibles, by John Hornor Jacobs. Some cool concepts, but it doesn’t come together well for me. 2/5 stars
Flashback Friday: Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro. Like the other Ishiguro books I’ve read since, this has an easy pace — deceptively calm. I found it very skillfully written, and very worth the time. 4/5 stars

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11 Responses to “Unstacking the Shelves”

  1. Congrats on another unstacking week! I’m considering the need to take time off from the computer to get some quality reading done. It’s getting to that stage now! It’s not my fault that there is so much sport and stuff to watch! Have a good weekend!

    • Hah, but my backlog of 1,000+ books is enough to leave you still in the clear, I think! Plus that’s not even counting books to review…

    • I haven’t got any new books! That’s why it’s Unstacking the Shelves and “books read this week”. I’m pretty proud of myself for getting stuff read. I wasn’t that big a fan of Truthwitch, in the end…

  2. Of the books you read this week, I’ve only read Truthwitch and House of Shattered Wings, both of which got very mixed reviews as I recall. I’m curious to read your reviews. Carry on unstacking!

    • I can’t remember what you thought of them, if I saw the reviews! I enjoyed The House of Shattered Wings, but not so much Truthwitch. It just felt… thin.

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