The best part about October is not, as some would argue, getting to Halloween at the end, but getting to my birthday in November!
But first, let’s talk about what I checked out from my local library this October, 2017.
The New Voices of Fantasy, edited by Peter S. Beagle. I was very pleased to peruse my library’s new books shelves and find this title. I’d seen it fly by on Twitter multiple times, and there are many authors in it that I’ve either enjoyed in the past or am interested in.
The Prey of Gods, by Nicky Drayden. A South African setting with AI and post-apocalyptic aspects made this novel intriguing. Drayden is an author I’ve never encountered before, so I’m excited to get to know her work.
An Unkindness of Ghosts, by Rivers Solomon. A generation ship, exploration, social issues! Of course I was going to pick this up. It’s also highly recommended by publications like Publisher’s Weekly.
I felt like a read a fair amount this month, but my library checkouts were relatively low. I also read some ARCs, and try to throw in some stuff off the “purchased” pile. Here’s what I (can remember that I) checked out.
The Reluctant Queen, by Sara Beth Durst
The Strange Case of the Alchemists’s Daughter, by Theodora Goss
Prudence, by Gail Carriger (overdrive audiobook)
An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir (overdrive audiobook)
It’s September, and another month of reading has faded into the past. Here’s what I checked out from my local library system in August. I also read a few ARCs, or at least started a few, and maybe I’ll get around to talking about them.
I checked out and listened to all four books in Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series through my library system’s Overdrive service. They were fun and irreverent, and I’d definitely listen to at least four more of them!
I also finished up Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series (for the second time), also on Overdrive, and am avidly looking forward to the next book in the series.
As far as the read word, I checked out (and finished) Noumenon, by Marina J. Lostetter, The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin, Upgraded, a short fiction collection edited by Neil Clarke, and The Queen of Blood, by Sarah Beth Durst. That novel certainly takes the cake for most fascinating fantasy world that I’d never want to live in!
This post comes a little late, I know, but here goes.
I go through a lot of audiobooks, and this past month or two I’ve been going through some comfort reads, starting again on both the Maisie Dobbs series, by Jacqueline Winspear, and the Flavia de Luce series, by Alan Bradley. So I checked out the first couple of each on overdrive again.
I also checked out Blackout and All Clear, by Connie Willis, completing my reading experience in the Oxford time travel world, having already read Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog.
I also checked out a novella, The Dream-Quest of Velitt Boe, already reviewed here, and finally An Extraordinary Union, by Alyssa Cole, which was a great novel despite being more straight-up romance than I’m used to reading (nothing against romance, I’m just not attracted to it), and which I’m delighted to learn is soon going to have a sequel.
All around, a good month of library finds, to say nothing of the ARCs and other wonders I found at my local indie bookstore.
What did I get at the library this week?
First, a sff Tor Novella called The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson. I’d seen her name here and there on book twitter, so when I spied this novella on my public library’s New shelves, I grabbed it. The description says it’s Lovecraftian, which I’m not really into, but I read a Lovecraftian novella by Cassandra Khaw last month and really enjoyed it, so figured I’d give another reinterpretation a shot.
Second, I was surprised and pleased to see An Extraordinary Union, by Alyssa Cole on my library’s New shelves. It’s a novel of the U.S. Civil War, with a black woman protagonist, written by a black woman! I’ve heard great things about this one in non-sff book circles, and I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s all about.
I also checked out Connie Willis’ All Clear, companion novel to Blackout, in my quest to read everything she’s ever written.