Tuesday, March 2, 2010

February Reading

February was a decent reading month since I read some really good books and brought the yearly total up to 10. Unfortunately I got sick this week and haven't been able to think straight (ugh - and it's only worse today) so I didn't get to finish getting caught up on reviews after I started to... There's always this weekend.

The books of February were:

6. Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
7. Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
8. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (review forthcoming)
9. Sea Dragon Heir by Storm Constantine (review forthcoming)
10. A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire (review forthcoming)

Favorite book read in February: Normally this would be a tough choice because I really enjoyed Mirror Dance, Bone Crossed and A Local Habitation. But I loved The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and it is currently my favorite read of the year.

What did everyone read in February?


Anastasia said...

I can't comments! Two attempts, eaten by the Internet. First, just got erased. Second, got an webpage error.

Anastasia said...

okays never mind... sorry for spamming your blog ~slinks away~

Anastasia said...

I just ordered 3 of Storm Constantine's books: Calenture, Aleph, and The Mostrous Regiment (the last 2 are out of print) via Immanion Press - the original UK Orbit editions from author's private stock, on sale for $1.55 each! With shipping to US, it was $17. The website also notes that the author can sign the books with a personalized message if I want. Of course, I want :-) This is pretty much making my day. It doesn't get much better than that.

Benjamin said...

Hope you feel better soon, Kristen. And I'm glad to hear you liked The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.

My February list,
Paths Not Taken, Simon R. Green
Magic for Beginners, Kelly Link
Sheepfarmer’s Daughter, Elizabeth Moon
Lamb, Christopher Moore
Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
Yellow Blue Tibia, Adam Roberts
The Dying Earth, Jack Vance
The Eyes of the Overworld, Jack Vance

My favorite read was probably Lamb.

ediFanoB said...

Like in January I read "only" three books in February:
SEEDS OF EARTH by Michael Cobley - my review,
SPELLWRIGHT by Blake Charlton - my review,

Kristen said...

Anastasia - Sorry Blogger wasn't letting you comment earlier! That's always annoying when it happens.

That sounds like a pretty good reading month. The only book in the two Wraeththu trilogies I have yet to read is The Ghosts of Blood and Innocence. Don't know why I haven't yet other than not wanting the series to be over... Sadly, Calenture and Sign for the Sacred are both on my bookshelf and I haven't read them yet. Calenture is on my list of books I need to read in 2010, though. I'm sure I'll be reading all three of those before reading the sequels to Sea Dragon Heir since I'm not even sure if I will read those or not.

That's a great deal from Immanion Press, especially if you can get them signed and personalized! You're right, it doesn't get much better than that.

Benjamin - Thanks, I am feeling better today. Lamb and Guards! Guards are both very good. Guards! Guards! was the book that really got me hooked on reading Discworld.

ediFanoB - I haven't read any of those. Spellwright sounds interesting though.

orannia said...

Kristen - I hope you're feeling better soon!

I read Corambis! I'm going to try and write a review this weekend. I will say though that, while it was good it probably wasn't my favourite - that would be the first three :) It also felt like a different book. A new beginning rather than an ending WRT the setting and to Felix & Mildmay's relationship (if that makes sense :)

I'm currently reading Lynn Flewelling's Luck in the Shadows. Not a fast read, but it is good.

Juli D. Revezzo said...

I read across the spectrum so I don't always have Fantasy or SF on the top of the stack. But there were a few I read last month: Precious Dragon by Liz Williams (which was fantastic), and Lightbreaker by Mark Teppo (which, uh...was ok), plus a few short stories.

Kristen said...

Orannia - Thank you! I was feeling better for a day or two, but unfortunately now I'm not. Had been really hoping to make some progress on reviewing today. That review stack is piling up again.

Yay, I'm glad you read Corambis! I do agree that the first three books were much better than that one, though. It did feel a bit like a different book since it was in a completely different place and Melusine had a life of its own.

Have you read any of Lynn Flewelling's other books? I've wanted to read some of her books for a while now and I keep hearing good things about them. Right now I'm finally reading Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews. It's good and since the next two are supposed to be much better, guess I'll have something to look forward to!

JAZ - I haven't read either of those books, but I have heard some good things about Liz Williams.

orannia said...

Oh, sorry to hear you're feeling poorly again - I hope you're feeling better soon.

No, I haven't read any of Lynn Flewelling's books before. Someone described it as being like Sarah Monette's books but...I think the latter's books are far more character-based, whereas the former are more 'traditional' fantasy, if I can use the word traditional :)

Oh, and I'm so glad you're enjoying Magic Bites!

Kristen said...

Orannia - Thanks. I'm feeling better today than I was yesterday so maybe I'll make some progress on review-writing.

Thanks for the information on the Lynn Flewelling books and the Sarah Monette comparison. I'd love to find more character-based books like Sarah Monette's.

Finished Magic Bites last night. I did like it so I think I'll have to use one of my gift cards for the next two books.

orannia said...

I'd love to find more character-based books like Sarah Monette's.

So would I *grin* On the plus side, I still have A Companion of Wolves to look forward too :)

Am glad you enjoyed Magic Bites.

Kristen said...

Orannia - A Companion to Wolves is good, but it's also not the same level of character-driven as The Doctrine of Labyrinth series.

I was going to get the next two Kate Daniels books today but I decided to wait and see if I get a bookstore coupon in the near future. Usually I have one and now when I really want to go, I don't. Those are calling my name and Wings of Wrath just came out in paperback too...