drcpunk (drcpunk) wrote,

Recent Reading

27. Redemption in Indigo, by Karen Lord. Probably the best book I've read this year -- either this one or Voice is.

28. Tiassa, by Steven Brust. I'm not sure if I like this one quite as much as Iorich, but it was a lot of fun to read. I hope Brust had at least as much fun writing it.

29. The Sorcerer's House, by Gene Wolfe. This seems easy enough to follow, more or less, but I've read enough Gene Wolfe to be fairly sure that I'm missing something clever that changes everything. And... I'm a little tired of this. I do wish Wolfe would deign to insult my intelligence by explaining in the text what is going on.

30. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, by Charles Yu. Not really to my taste.

31. Ilyria, by Elizabeth Hand. In some ways, she and Yu are doing very similar things, one with a science fiction backdrop, and one with at least a nod to fantasy. In both cases, what I'm seeing is a book very much about families and family relationships. But, I prefer the Hand book. I like her characters better, and I like her style better. I think this is a matter of taste, not quality. I also note that there are no chapters in this book.

32. The Fearmaker's Promise Compilation, for Changeling: The Lost. This collects two of White Wolf's pdf releases for Changeling. No one bothered to look these over to correct typos or remove references to clicking on links. This annoys me. The title scenario also annoys me. The idea is to see how the PCs deal with a Devil's Bargain -- getting something that is desirable in return for doing an evil deed. The problem is that what is offered is far too little for it to be tempting. The second scenario, "The Rose Bride's Plight", is better, although one of the potential plot twists annoys me, as it means that if the PCs chose the path leading to it, they're effectively punished, and their choice is undercut. This is a pity because the rest of the scenario allows many more options.

33. Alarums & Excursions #427.

34. The Bards of Bone Plain, by Patricia McKillip. Very much a McKillip book. Fortunately, I like her books. And I really like the archaeologist princess.

35. Shades of Milk and Honey, by Mary Robinette Kowal. Absolutely delightful. If you liked Sorcery and Cecelia, aka The Enchanted Chocolate Pot, give this one a try.

36. Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay. Very much a Kay book, which means complicated politics, sympathetic and complex characters, at least some element of the fantastic, and compelling enough to read quickly. Of his more recent work, I still prefer the Sarantium duology and Ysabel, although the latter isn't a fair comparison, as he's doing something quite different. But I liked Under Heaven more than Last Light of the Sun.

37. Deathless, by Catherynne Valente. I could have read this faster, but I really prefer to read her books aloud. I need to read up on Russian folktales, as I know I am missing a lot of references.

38. The Carpet Makers, by Andreas Eschbach, translated by Doryl Jensen. This is amazing. I don't know that it'll be something I reread, but I am very glad to have read it. David Hartwell and at least one other person told me that this one was very good, and they were right. I don't think I can say anything about it without spoilers. In some ways, it reminds me of Iain M. Banks' Use of Weapons, but this is probably doing both authors a serious injustice. I gobbled this one down in a day.
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