Stacking the Shelves

Posted July 14, 2018 by Nicky in Reviews / 10 Comments

Time for the other half of my haul from the Hague! Shoutout again to the American Book Center and Stanza Bookshop for being amazing and friendly. This time it’s the SF/F books, so let’s have at it. Note: the bunnies bought me a couple of these.

Books acquired:

Cover of Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky Cover of The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn by Tyler Whitesides Cover of The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal Cover of The Ember Blade by Chris Wooding

Cover of The Genius Plague by David Walton Cover of Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devenport Cover of Noumenon by Marina J. Lostetter

Cover of Circe by Madeline Miller Cover of The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood

Extra shoutout to the bookseller who made sure there was a copy of The Calculating Stars for me. <3

Books read this week:

Cover of Gorgon by Peter D Ward Cover of An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows Cover of The Planet Factory by Elizabeth Tasker Cover of Thirteen Guests by J. Jefferson Farjohn Cover of Children of Time by Adrian Tchiakovsky

Reviews posted this week:

Death in the Tunnel, by Miles Burton. A fun and clever mystery; I can’t put my finger on quite why it worked so well for me, but it really did. 4/5 stars
Amazons, by John Man. A bit of a broader book that it sounds just from the main title alone, I found this a fascinating and surprisingly quick read. 4/5 stars
The Castlemaine Murders, by Kerry Greenwood. The usual sort of Phryne book, fun enough but not exceptional. 3/5 stars
The Prisoner of Zenda, by Anthony Hope. A good adventure story, not too hobbled by being a classic. 3/5 stars
The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this, and also which parts of the book I found more interesting. It reads like fiction at times, almost. 5/5 stars
An Accident of Stars, by Foz Meadows. There’s a lot about this that I did enjoy, but… I don’t know. I might rate it higher once I’ve read the second book and I can see it as a whole. 3/5 stars
Rubicon, by Tom Holland. Less about Caesar than you might expect, and more broadly about the end of the Republic. Pretty enjoyable overall. 4/5 stars

Other posts:

Discussion: Diversity. The perennial question in book fandom these days.
Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books So Far This Year. What it says on the tin!
WWW Wednesday. The usual weekly update on what’s on my plate.

So what’s everyone been up to? Good hauls? Quiet week? Horrible warmth and drought like here?

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10 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. Quiet week getting ready to go away (for work) on Monday – but first a weekend of fun as it was our (17th!) anniversary yesterday (yes, we got together on Friday the 13th) and it’s our neighbour’s 80th birthday party this afternoon. Having a little bit of a packing crisis though. I’m not sure I’ve got enough shoes or trousers to see me through this trip, and I REALLY don’t know what books to take! (guess which of these I’m more worried about 😉 )
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    • Ooh, yay 17th! It’s nearly our… um… 13th? We think. We’re bad at this.

      I’m shortly going to be packing books to get back to the UK and start looking for somewhere for us to live. I feel the pain.

  2. Wow, a lot of these are new to me! Like Spiderlight and Medusa Uploaded. And Circe just looks gorgeous, I need to get that.

    Looks like you read a lot this week too! Wow 5 books.

    Hope your weekend is great!
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    • The cover of Circe really is gorgeous, I couldn’t resist it!

      Heh, five books isn’t that much for me in terms of my reading speed, but I haven’t had enough time much recently. It’s been so good to just settle down and have a few nice long reading sessions!

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