Brother’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
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!
Sweet 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
Book Review: Tempest: All-New Tales of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey
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.