Weekly Roundup

Posted September 29, 2018 by Nicky in General / 6 Comments

Good morning, folks! I have a bit of a cold and (writing this on Friday night) rather want to get to bed, so I’ll keep this quick! It’s been a quiet week except for my various trips from the library (I have [mumble] books out of four different libraries right now…), but I still have some books to show off from last week in London, plus a review copy.

Received to review:

Cover of The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

Yay! I’m torn about whether to reread The Traitor Baru Cormorant first: I think I could maybe use a reminder on the political background, but the character-development stuff has really stuck with me.


Cover of Stars Uncharted by S.K. Dunstall Cover of Vengeful by V.E. Schwab Cover of The Thorn of Dentonhill by Marshall Ryan Maresca Cover of Starless by Jacqueline Carey

Cover of Made to Kill by Adam Christopher Cover of Killing Is My Business by Adam Christopher Cover of I Only Killed Him Once by Adam Christopher

And my copies of Made to Kill and Killing is my Business are actually signed! Thank you, Forbidden Planet London. Likewise, my copy of Vengeful is one of the limited edition signed ones. I really need to at least get that one out of the plastic and admire it!

Books read this week:

Cover of Alpha Beta by John Man Cover of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie Cover of Legion by Brandon Sanderson

 Cover of The Lake District Murder by John Bude Cover of The Mystery of the Skeleton Key by Bernard Capes Cover of Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver

Reviews posted this week:

Men Explain Things to Me, by Rebecca Solnit. Clearly written essays, most of them kind of indifferent, but the title one is worth the time for that sense of validation: ah, it’s not just me this happens to. 3/5 stars
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, by Steve Brusatte. A bit basic for me — go with David Hone’s Tyrannosaurus Chronicles instead, and you won’t be disappointed. 3/5 stars
Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds, by Brandon Sanderson. Finally got to read the whole story in this collected edition! Well worth the time, though I’m unsure about how I feel about the ending. Maybe I just didn’t want it to end. 4/5 stars
And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie. Christie could put a heck of a story together, and I read this one straight through. Kind of creepy, too. 3/5 stars

Other posts:

Discussion: Keeping Books. Do you hoard the books you’ve read? Or do you pass them on once you’re done?
WWW Wednesday. The usual weekly update on what I’ve just read, what I’m reading now, and what I might be about to read next.

Out and about:

NEAT science: Calculating the mass of a planet. Ever wondered how we do that, given you can’t stick Jupiter on a set of weighing scales? I go through that here!

How’s everyone else doing, anyway? Exciting week?

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6 responses to “Weekly Roundup

  1. Oh gosh, I’m so tired. I’ve got one week left to go on this contract, and I’ve been scraping the bottom of the barrel for a while. But: only one week left to go! And first, a weekend which will involve a proper multi-course tea with an American friend, so that will be a good laugh (and a full belly).

    I’m very excited about some time off (…although I seem to have 2 meetings lined up about What I Do Next on my first week off, so I’m not really doing ‘time off’ right I guess), and very excited about Reading All The Things. I’ve just finished The Poppy War and The Little Stranger, both of which were tremendous, so I’m having a little gasp for breath today to figure out what on earth to read next. Possibly something light and frothy!
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    • I know that feeling! I’m just starting to recharge my batteries after all the moving stuff… and now I have a cold. 🙁

      I really need to read The Poppy War!

  2. I love the covers for those three robot guys! A nice relaxing weekend in your bed reading sounds like the ideal thing for a cold. My throat is a bit scratchy but I think it’s the dust produced by the paper shredding!

  3. Can’t wait to dive into Monster Baru Cormorant. Kinda excited and nervous about it, since the first book sent my emotions on such a roller coaster – I’m both scared and hopeful that book two be the same! 😀

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