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Ancillary Justice - Anne Leckie - very interesting book. I don't want to spoil it,
so I won't say anything more than that I found it original, and very different. The
primary character's language doesn't differentiate between male and female, and
"she" is the pronoun used for everyone. Which is more mindbending than you'd
think, and totally awesome.

W is for Wasted - Sue Grafton - What more can I say about the alphabet series, except
that they do not disappoint?

Etiquette & Espionage - Gail Carriger - YA prequel to a series I read after it. Callouts
would be more obvious if I'd read them first. Quite nice, and I am sending to nieces.

Soulless, Blameless, Changeless, Heartless, Timeless - Gail Carriger - the aforementioned
series. An excellent romp.

Hawk in Silver - Mary Gentle - decent read, not much to set it off in my memory.

The Curse of the Pharaohs - Elizabeth Peters - Another Amelia Peabody.

Ran Away - Barbara Hambly - One of the Benjamin January mysteries. Good, as I as
expected.

My Lady of Cleves - Margaret Campbell Barnes - Henry VIII, from Anne of Cleves point of
view. Much enjoyed.

Ooku: The Inner Chambers vol 8 - Fumi Yoshinaga - manga- I am fascinated by this story.

The Blessing Way - Tony Hillerman - competent mystery. Sometimes I wonder how much of
Southwestern & Navajo culture got right...

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Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters - decent enough mystery. Interesting
main character, not exactly a reliable narrator, in very obvious ways. Amusing

Cold Magic - (reread)
Cold Fire - (reread)
Cold Steel - Kate Elliot - Well, the third one came out, and I decided to reread the
series. Neither the new book nor the older ones were disappointments. Highly recommend.

The Dazzle of Day - Molly Gloss - Quakers in space. Interesting. I am not sure I
comprehend it. I have heard it described as a middle-relationship book - not about the
start, nor about the end, but about the shifts that may occur in the middle of a
relationship.

1939: Last Season of Peace - Angela Lambert - interesting look at the London Season of
1939. I was glad to have the background information on how the Season developed, &c.
since it figures so in Georgette Heyer novels.

The Tudor Rose - Margaret Campbell Barnes - Historical about Elizabeth of York. Provided
some depth and insight into the woman which I had not had before. Recommend, if you like
this sort of thing.
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These Old Shades-
Devil's Cub-
An Infamous Army - Georgette Heyer - Read them all together, and the last one for the first time. Heyer, as Heyer. I skipped about 1/3 of the last book, as I am not interested in troop movements....

The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry - standard-genre fiction; not bad; didn't see the twist coming.

Zen Flesh, Zen Bones - okay, zen makes no sense to me, and that is okay.

Gulp - Mary Roach - Excellent nonfiction about the alimentary canal. Highly recommend.

Quiverfull - Katherine Joyce - a bit drier than I'd expected, but then, I read this type of blog...

Summer Falls - Melody Malone - eh, if I'd paid more I'd've expected more.... Doctor Who tie-in

The Winter Palace - Eva Stachniak - interesting fictional account of Catherine the Great's rise to power. I like her much, much better knowing a bit more about her, and it's nice to see non-Tudor historical fiction.

A Betrayal in Winter -
An Autumn War -
The Price of Spring - Daniel Abraham - Very good series, fully fleshed characters. A timescale that allows for repercussions of actions.

Small Gods - Terry Pratchett (reread) - almost as good as I remembered it.

The Foundling - Georgette Heyer - a silly Heyer. Amusing and fun.

A Blunt Instrument - Georgette Heyer - decent mystery novel.

Without a Summer - Mary Robinette Kowal - Third in her series, and very, very good.

The Last Vanity
Bowman Strikes Again - Hartley Howard - Decent mysteries of the hardboiled variety. I won't pay full price for them, but for $2.99 not bad.

Overdressed - Elizabeth Cline - fascinating look at our clothing and where it comes from. Highly recommend.

Year's total: 40
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Crystal Singer -
Killashandra -
Crystal Line - Anne McCaffery - So, the first 2 were rereads of books first read about 25 years ago, and I hadn't realized there was a third, so it was not a reread. I enjoyed them very much for the fluff they were. I was in a very stressful time at work, and they were an excellent diversion.

The Kingmaker's Daughter - Phillipa Gregory - Some help straightening out the Wars of the Roses. I still like Richard III.

Nation - Terry Pratchett - nook - not a Discworld. More of a young adult book. Good, but not his best for me.

Dragons Love Tacos - Adam Rubin - a children's book. Not bad.

Frost Burned - Patricia Briggs - I just read this today. Another one in the Mercy Thompson series. Very much like the whole series. Especially enjoy the relationship between Adam and Mercy.

A Wicked Liason - Christine Merill - amusing enough romance novel.

A Shadow in Summer - Daniel Abraham - nook - first of a quartet. Absolutely awesome. Interesting worldbuilding, fantastic characters.


Year's total: 23
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Peacful Journey - Shelley Lynne Cummins - a book of a few yoga poses, yantras, and aromatherapy, which came with a cd ith mantras on it. I've had it for years, and this might be a re-read.

Motherless Brooklyn - Jonathan Lethem - I lived in Brooklyn for at least part of the time covered in this book. Stylistically very interesting, and not too bad for an "arty" sort of book. A decent mystery as well. I don't see much re-read value, and won't be keeping it.

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things - Steketee and Frost - nook - fascinating book. I recognized a lot of the behaviors in the book, both from myself and others, and I am thankful that I managed to not follow that path....

Where's My Cow? - Terry Pratchett - fantastic! especially if you already know Discworld.

Go the F*** to Sleep - ??? - I can only imagine it's better if you have a child, and I thought it was amusing.

The Constant Gardener - John Le Carre - Suspenseful read; new bad guys, now that the USSR is no more....

Fair Game - Patricia Briggs - I think the best of the Alpha/Omega series, and just the right substantial fluff I needed....

North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell - Absolutely amazing. Seriously, I think the author is every bit as good as Austen, though with a different tone, and certainly better than Dickens.

The Merchant's War
The Revolution Business
The Trade of Queens - Charlie Stross - really, I was probably in these at just the time that I posted the last book thread about 7 weeks ago. Excellent series, recommend.

The Glenstal Book of Prayer - should technically be in 2012. Oh well. I am looking for new and interesting prayers, and this book had some of those in it.

The Snow Queen - Mercedes Lackey - again with the substantial fluff. It's that type of life for me right now, folks!

The Faded Sun: Kesrith
The Faded Sun: Shonjir - C. J. Cherryh - (I'm in the middle of the third now.) Interesting story of an after-the-war, of interstellar politics, and of cultures that don't really understand each other.


Year's total: 14

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