drcpunk (drcpunk) wrote,

Recent Reading

2. Lord Vorpatril's Alliance, by Lois McMaster Bujold. Very much needed after the last couple of books I read, very funny. Very good comic timing. And, while mileage varies, this is what I, at least, wanted from an Ivan book.

3. Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed. Also very good, but in a different way. Looks like the first of a series.

4. Alarums & Excursions #448.

5. Tales of Promethea, an anthology of fiction set in the world of the RPG Dark Harvest, where Frankenstein rules Romania, which has been renamed Promethea. In my arrogant opinion, the best story is clearly the one by Greg Stolze.

6. Reflections on the Magic of Writing, by Diana Wynne Jones. There's a fair amount of repetition between the essays, but somehow, I do not tire of hearing why fantasy is important. And I love her essay on Tolkien, both as lecturer and as writer.

7. Bumps in the Night, by John H. Crowe III. Scenarios for Call of Cthulhu, one of which I played in at GenCon a couple of years ago. Our group didn't exactly get to the scenario, having gone way off the rails in hilarious ways. Oh, we would have gotten to it if we'd been willing to play another two hours or so.

8. Dark Harvest: Resistance, a sourcebook for the RPG Dark Harvest.

9. Mockingbird, by Chuck Wendig. This is the sequel to Blackbirds. I think it's also where I stop. Wendig is doing exactly what he intends to do and is doing it well, but it's not really for me.

10. Terra Nova / Tartarus flip book for the Ashen Stars RPG. I'm missing some of what's going on, as I've not read Ashen Stars, but I like the take on the movie Prometheus.

11. Hillfolk draft, by Robin Laws. I liked this a lot more than I'd expected.

12. Alarums & Excursions #449.

13. Various drafts of a) settings for Hillfolk, b) hacks for Fate Core, and c) the introduction and chapter one of The Demolished Ones. I am torn between reading the rest of The Demolished Ones and waiting until I get a chance to play it. I'm loving White Picket Witches for Fate Core. I'm loving a lot of the Hillfolk settings, but the one that knocked it right out of the ballpark for me was Greg Stolze's. I sense a pattern.

14. Hidden Things, by Doyce Testerman. Urban fantasy, not astonishingly new, but also not reading as if I'd read it all before. I liked this one. It doesn't need a sequel, but I'd read one.
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