A dive into the mine shaft

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Brbrothersruinother’s Ruin by Emma Newman

I wasn’t a fan of Charlotte Holmes, lady detective in A Study of Scarlet Women, but maybe I’ll have better luck with Emma Newman’s Charlotte Gunn.

It’s alt history with heroine Charlotte, who has to follow her brother to the magic academy to pretend to be his assistant and  help him fake his nonexistent powers…and there’s a sinister Doctor Ledbetter whose sinister plotting Charlotte must foil.

Sounds good so far, right? Let’s see what happens. Continue reading

This month in the mine shaft: January

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  • The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★★
  • The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★★
  • The Falling Woman by Pat Murphy ★★★★☆
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor ★★★★☆
  • Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells ★★★★☆
  • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick ★★★★☆
  • I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley ★★★★☆
  • The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben ★★★★☆
  • Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★☆
  • Trickster by Jeff Somers ★★★★☆
  • Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal ★★★☆☆
  • Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham ★★★☆☆
  • Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling ★★★☆☆
  • I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi ★★★☆☆
  • Shade Chaser by Clara Coulson ★★★☆☆
  • Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern ★★☆☆☆

 

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Onward to February! What’s on your to-read list?

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2017 (Scifi) Reading Resolutions

Each year, I enter the goodreads reading challenge, with the goal of reading 100 books. This year, I’m gonna add a twist to it. My goal will be to read everything on the science fiction Locus Award list, from 1978 to 2016. Bold books are those I’ve read previously.

Locus Award-Winning Books:

  • 1978    Gateway by Frederik Pohl
  • 1980    Titan by John Varley
  • 1981    The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
  • 1982    The Many Coloured Land by Julian May
  • 1983    Foundation’s Edge by Isaac Asimov (Except I have no memory of it. Will reread!)
  • 1984    Startide Rising by David Brin
  • 1985    The Integral Trees by Larry Niven
  • 1986    The Postman by David Brin
  • 1987    Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
  • 1988    The Uplift War by David Brin
  • 1989    Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh
  • 1990    Hyperion by Dan Simmons
  • 1991    The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
  • 1992    Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • 1993    Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (Such a good book!)
  • 1994    Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • 1995    Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • 1996    The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
  • 1997    Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • 1998    The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons
  • 1999    To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
  • 2000    Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  • 2001    The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • 2002    Passage by Connie Willis
  • 2003    The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • 2004    Ilium by Dan Simmons
  • 2005    The Baroque Cycle (i.e. Quicksilver; The Confusion; The System of the World) by Neal Stephenson
  • 2006    Accelerando by Charles Stross
  • 2007    Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge
  • 2008    The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
  • 2009    Anathem by Neal Stephenson
  • 2010    Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
  • 2011    Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis
  • 2012    Embassytown by China Miéville
  • 2013    Redshirts by John Scalzi
  • 2014    Abaddon’s Gate by James S. A. Corey
  • 2015    Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
  • 2016    Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

My first pick from the list is Redshirts by John Scalzi – it’s on my shelf and ready to be read.

Onward and upward!

A dive into the mine shaft

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sweetsilverbluesSweet Silver Blues by Glen Cook

This is the blurb that caught my eye earlier this month. I’ve definitely heard about Cook’s Black Company series, but what’s this? Detective Noir set in a fantasy world? A hard boiled private eye human in a world of gnomes? Alright, count me in.

It helped that a couple reviews compared this series to Jim Butcher’s Dresden books; some even said this is much better. So, no choice but to read and see, amirite? Continue reading

This month in the mine shaft: Nov-Dec

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  • But What If We’re Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman ★★★★☆
  • Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch ★★★★☆
  • Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives by Thomas French ★★★★☆
  • Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West ★★★★☆
  • Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris ★★★☆☆
  • A Truck Full of Money by Tracy Kidder ★★★☆☆
  • I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam ★★★☆☆
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris ★★★☆☆
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch ★★★☆☆
  • An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel ★★★☆☆
  • The Witch With No Name by Kim Harrison ★★★☆☆
  • Candyfreak by Steve Almond ★★☆☆☆
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin ★★☆☆☆
  • Gullible’s Travels by Cash Peters ★★☆☆☆
  • Tempest: All-New Tales of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey ★★☆☆☆
  • Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris ★★☆☆☆
  • Does Santa Exist?: A Philosophical Investigation by Eric Kaplan ★☆☆☆☆
  • Freedom: My Book of Firsts  by Jaycee Dugard ★☆☆☆☆

 

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[Book Review] Creepy cover horse says you should read this

Book Review: Tempest: All-New Tales of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey

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I’m falling behind, guys. Of the 34-or-so Valdemar(ish) books out there, I’ve read only 20 to date. So when I saw an anthology set in the world of Mercedes Lackey, it was a no brainer. Of course I had to read it.

Creepy cover notwithstanding, this was a 387-page anthology full of 22 feel-good story resolutions via 23 different authors (the last story being Lackey and Dixon’s work). The tempest theme appeared throughout, both as physical and emotional storms, as each author made that light nod to the world of Velgarth. The stories included heralds, healers, bards, companions, and even a couple non-human characters.
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Today’s Book Blurb: Cuz vampires

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After three centuries trapped underground, thousand-year-old Yulric Bile, also known as The Cursed One, The Devil’s Apprentice, He Who Worships the Slumbering Horrors, awakens only to find that no one believes he is a vampire. Apparently he’s just too ugly. Modern vampires, he soon discovers, are pretty, weak, and, most disturbing of all, good. Determined to reestablish his bloodstained reign, Yulric sets out to correct this disgusting turn of events or, at the very least, murder the person responsible.

With the help of part vampire-wannabe Amanda; Simon, the eight-year-old reincarnation of his greatest foe; and a cadre of ancient and ugly horrors, Yulric prepares to battle the glamorous undead. But who will win the right to determine, once and for all, what it truly means to be a vampire?

– An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel