Weekly Roundup

Posted February 2, 2019 by Nicky in General / 7 Comments

Hey folks! Another week, another… total lack of new books?! What’s wrong with me??

Anyway, so that was January, I guess. I read 15 books, bought only a handful, and generally behaved myself pretty well.

Books read this week:

Cover of The Cobbler's Boy by Elizabeth Bear and Katherine Addison. Cover of Seahenge: An Archaeological Conundrum by Charlie Watson Cover of How Do We Look / The Eye of Faith by Mary BeardCover of Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep

Reviews posted this week:

The Nine Tailors, by Dorothy L. Sayers. Beautifully atmospheric, and always one of my favourites of the series. I love how much work Sayers did to integrate change ringing into the fabric of the story. 4/5 stars
Seahenge, by Charlie Watson. Definitely a good primer on what Seahenge was and what was done to preserve it; Francis Pryor’s book does more work on interpretation, though, if that’s your interest. 4/5 stars
Styx and Stones, by Carola Dunn. Okay, one aspect of this book really annoyed me: that stupid scene where Daisy and Alec briefly break up. What’s the point? Otherwise a fairly standard entry in the series, with a couple of twists you may not expect. 3/5 stars

Other posts:

A Personal Note. In lieu of a discussion post this week, I wrote about my feelings on Brexit.
WWW Wednesday. The usual weekly update!

Out and about:

NEAT Science: ‘Is there any (intelligent) life out there? My answer is ‘I really don’t know, and I don’t think anyone else has any idea how likely it is either’ — and I touch a little bit on why I think so and why other people think it might be likely or unlikely.

So that’s this week. How’s everyone else been doing? Any good books? Anything you’ve been dying to get your hands on finally fall into your lap?

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7 responses to “Weekly Roundup

  1. I enjoyed your Out and About post, a reminder of just how far we’ve come in understanding life and yet how ignorant and in the dark we remain. What seems clear is that aliens are unlikely in the extreme to resemble Mr Spock—another argument in favour of the proposition that much SF is, in the main, about us and us alone.

    I’m mentally preparing for Dewithon and reading mostly about and around Wales through March, with excursions via Pratchett and Diana Wynne Jones (for March Magics, the month when both left us bereft).

    PS, is Lisa R another of your avatars? Just curious l, not prying!

    • Definitely! I would be very shocked if we found alien life and it looked like us, and I wouldn’t be much surprised if we found alien life and didn’t recognise it for what it was…

      I really should pull some of my as-yet-unread Welsh books to the front of the pile…

      Ah no, Lisa would be the wife! She put together the basics of the post to save me time last night, and I forgot to switch the post author. Whoops.

  2. Congrats on a no book week! I’m currently slowly adding books from the depths of the e-reader to my Goodreads TBR. Doing it gradually means my TBR is still being reduced which keeps me motivated rather than add everything at once and see it jump up a huge amount and depress me!

  3. I’m intrigued by both the Seahenge books – they sound like a great pairing.

    I’ve had my day made by two bookpost parcels arriving, getting February off to a good start – Diane Setterfield’s Bellman & Black, Sarah Waters’s Affinity from a bookswap, plus a shiny hardcover fresh off the press of The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders.
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