Wednesday, September 1, 2010

August Reading

It's hard to believe it is September already! Here's hoping more books are finished this month than July since last month's pile is looking rather sad, although I've also read part of two more books before today. Eek, I haven't reviewed any of these yet either!

Books read in July:

31. Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
32. Shadow Magic by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
33. Killbox by Ann Aguirre

Favorite book from July: I liked all three of these but it's not a difficult choice. I'll have to go with Shadow Magic - I just loved all the characters, especially Caius.

What did you read last month?


Anonymous said...

Lets see... Here's my August list:

Fevre Dream- George R. R. Martin
Winterbirth - Brian Ruckley
Devices and Desires - K.J. Parker
Dragonfly Falling - Adrian Tchaikovsky
Evil for Evil - K.J. Parker
Before They Are Hanged - Joe Abercrombie
A Forest of Stars - Kevin J. Anderson
Acacia - David Anthony Durham
The Reality Dysfunction - Peter F. Hamilton
Prospero Lost - L. Jagi Lamplighter
The Child Thief - Brom
Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman

I have "Silver Born" on my iPad. I keep meaning to read it but I forget its there. I haven't heard of the other two but if you recommend them I need to go check 'em out!

Kristen said...

Sarah - Wow, that's a lot of books! I dream of being able to read that much in a month. Of those, I've read Before They Are Hanged and Anansi Boys and really liked both of them. I'm looking forward to seeing what you think of the last book in the First Law trilogy. Propero Lost looks really good, and I've been wanting to read Peter Hamilton as well.

How do you like reading on the iPad? I haven't actually tried it on mine yet, although I will soon. There are too many paper books already demanding to be read.

Of the other two I read, they are both parts of series. Shadow Magic is the sequel to Havemercy, although I think that one could work pretty well as a stand alone book. It has completely different characters than the first other than a brief appearance by someone from the first book. Reading it first would give away the ending of the first book, but I also think I could have started with that one and not been bothered by that since they're not books I read for plot twists.

Killbox is the fourth book in a series and I definitely would not recommend starting with that one. Grimspace is the first book. They're fun space opera with some romance.

Benjamin said...

Sarah, I heartily approve of Fevre Dream on your list!

Here's my August list,
City of Thieves, David Benioff
Spellwright, Blake Charlton
The Lifecycle of Software Objects, Ted Chiang
Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
The Gone-Away World, Nick Harkaway
Hawkwood and the Kings, Paul Kearney
Shades of Milk and Honey, Mary Robinette Kowal
The Black Lung Captain, Chris Wooding

My favorites were City of Thieves, Hawkwood and the Kings, and The Black Lung Captain.

Hawkwood and the Kings is actually a re-read as I read Kearney's Monarchies of God series several years ago. I'm doing a re-read as the the omnibii come out.

Kristen said...

Benjamin - Ooh, I really wanted to read Shades of Milk and Honey. What did you think of it? I also keep hearing about The Gone-Away World.

Benjamin said...

Hey Kristen! I thought the Kowal book was a good debut novel. It's been described as Jane Austen with low magic, though it's less a commentary on class than a romantic plot of a young, upper class lady. Having read some of Kowal's short stories, I felt Shades doesn't really play to the author's strengths as a writer. Still, it's a good read at the start of what will hopefully be a long career.

My reaction to The Gone-Away World seems a little more mixed than most people's. Harkaway adopts an "everything but the kitchen sink" approach which gives the book a somewhat absurdest tone and often felt satirical and half tongue-in-cheek. I was quite enjoying it until a major plot twist partway through that, though obvious in retrospect, really annoyed me at the time. The book was good, I just didn't like it as much as I might have at the start.

Kristen said...

Benjamin - Thanks for the information! I'll probably wait for paperback for Shades of Milk and Honey, but I would like to read it at some point.