Stacking the Shelves

Posted October 29, 2016 by Nicky in General / 10 Comments

It’s been a busy week for me, and it’s about to be a busy weekend too. Still, I did fit in some reading this week!

Received to review:

Cover of Invisible Planets ed. Ken Liu Cover of The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch

Ohhh emmm geeee, The Hanging Tree.

Books read this week:

Cover of Gut by Giulia Enders Cover of Emma by Jane Austen Cover of The Boys from Brazil by Ira Levin Cover of The Man Everybody Was Afraid Of by Joseph Hansen

Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively Cover of Cleopatra by Joyce Tyldesley Cover of Terra by Mitch Benn

Reviews posted this week:
Truthwitch, by Susan Dennard. I found this kind of disappointing, given the hype about the female characters and how central their friendship was. I felt like that was more ‘tell’ than ‘show’. 2/5 stars
How to Traverse Terra Incognita, by Dean Francis Alfar. I wasn’t totally drawn in by this, but it’s a pretty interesting collection. 3/5 stars
Moon Over Soho, by Ben Aaronovitch. A fun reread, and Peter endeared himself more to me in this book. 4/5 stars
The House of Shattered Wings, by Aliette de Bodard. I wasn’t drawn into this one at first, and then all of a sudden, I was. Loved the Vietnamese folklore included. 4/5 stars
Murder Must Advertise, by Dorothy L. Sayers. Radioplay. As usual, great adaptation and performance, especially on Ian Carmichael’s part. Buuut Inspector Parker’s voice actor is wrong, wrong, wrong. 3/5 stars
Oxygen: The Molecule that Made the World, by Nick Lane. Interesting stuff, but it’s rather too  speculative and sometimes on shaky ground. 2/5 stars
Flashback Friday: A Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England, by Ian Mortimer. Provided you are a male time traveller, that is. 2/5 stars

Other posts:
Top Ten Tuesday: Things that Really Scare Me. Typically for me, I gave this a twist — this covers books on topics which scare me, rather than horror fiction, for the Halloween freebie.
What are you reading Wednesday. My weekly update!
The TBR Tag. What it says on the tin.

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10 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. I’m guessing you’re still enjoying the Ben Aaronovitch books then! I’m wading through an urban fantasy series at the moment where each book takes ages to get going but then improves. I’m not sure my patience with it is going to last! It’s the Remy Chandler books by Thomas E Sniegoski. When I finish book 3 I’ll see what the story for book 4 is before I make a decision. Hope you have a good reading week!
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  2. The Hanging Tree is just the sort of thing that I would most likely enjoy. I wasn’t familiar with the Peter Grant series, so thank you for that introduction. I am adding Rivers of London to my TBR, and will go from there.
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    • I enjoy the series quite a bit — and I’ve found it gets better as it goes along, too (and on a reread as well). So I hope you enjoy!

  3. I nabbed the Hanging Tree as well, it feels like I’ve been waiting forever for it! It’s not even coming out until January here in the US, but I’m already tempted to dive in right now and just schedule my review for later.

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