Nov. 8th, 2015

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So, it's been a while. I'm going to break this posting up into 2 categories, books which are eligible for the Hugos in 2016, and books which are not.

A Family Affair - Rex Stout - weird, because it's Nero Wolfe, but Watergate is happening. Otherwise, good.

After Long Silence - Sherri Tepper - Didn't finish. Won't keep.

Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut - I wanted to like this more that I did, but the sexism was just annoying and kept pushing me away.

Bell, Book, and Murder: the Bast Mysteries - Rosemary Edgehill - Excellent pagan mysteries. Recommend.

Pudd'nhead Wilson - Mark Twain - obviously written in a time I don't comprehend from living in. More about the white lawyer than the boys switched at birth. I'm sure I'm missing something.

Agent of Change - Sharon Lee - swesome! I get to read the rest of the series!

Carnival - Elizabeth Bear - pretty good scifi with different culture-building and some gay characters. Worth a look.

The Falconer's Knot - Mary Hoffman - a nice medieval mystery, in Italy instead of England. Worth a look if you like this sort of thing.

Midnight Riot (aka Rivers of London)-
Moon Over Soho-
Whispers Undeground -
Broken Homes -
Foxglove Summer - Ben Aaronovitch - lovely fantasy, recommend.

The Lorimer Line -
The Lorimer Legacy - Anne Melville - historical, purchased cheap. Not bad.

Redshirts - John Scalzi - Amusing

Queen Victoria's Book of Spells - anthology, ed. Ellen Datlow - grab bag, some were okay, some were good.

Speaking from Among the Bones
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches - Alan Bradley - More Flavia de Luce. Enjoyable.

Etiquette & Espionage -
Curtsies & Conspiracies -
Waistcoats & Weaponry - Gail Carriger - fun steampunk in a boarding school series. Much enjoyed.

The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn't, the Mummy that Was, and the Cat in the Jar - Gail Carriger - for the completist only.

It's Raining Men - Jennifer Stevenson - okay but not great romance novel.

The King's Rose - Alisa Libby - Catherine Howard. Not remarkable.

From Whence You Came - Laura Ann Gilman - interesting world, but not enough to make me find the rest of the series, which is called Vineart Wars.

Daughter of Mystery - Heather Rose Jones - Awesome cross of fantasy and romance, and a wonderful book. Highly recommend.

Between Two Thorns
Any Other Name
All is Fair - Emma Newman (Split Worlds Trilogy) - very enjoyable series, recommend.
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The Affinities - Robert Anton Wilson - very interesting story of social science.

A Rational Arrangement - L. Rowyn - nice poly romance in a fantasy setting.

The Grace of Kings - Ken Liu - East Asian inflected epic fantasy. Will not be looking for sequels

Of Noble Family - Mary Robinette Kowal - another in the Glamourist series. Looks at the slavery in the British East Indies which underwrote the Regency lifestyle.

The Last First Snow - Max Gladstone - Another in the Craft series. Good read

The Hanged Man - P.N. Elrod - nice steampunk mystery. Recommend.

The Mystic Marriage - Heather Rose Jones - another nice romance in a land with magic. Recommend.

Prudence - Gail Carriger - another steampunk, which follows the adventures of the daughter of the Soulless series. I'll read the second, but not buy it.

Karen Memory - Elizabeth Bear - nice steampunk romp. Enjoyed, but the ending was a bit too over-the-top for me.

AbductiCon - Alma Alexander - amusing freebee.


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