Reading project, week ending 17 Nov 2019

What have I read this week? Just one, this time.

Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive by Julia Serrano

This is a nonfiction book about the causes of exclusivity in feminist and queer movements, and ways in which that issue can be remedied. I found this book really interesting, and it certainly made me think. It is written in a fairly accessible and easy to read style, and I definitely intend to read more by the author.

© bardofupton 2019

Reading project, week ending 10 Nov 2019

What have I read this week? Late again, sorry!

The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series Book 1) by Emily R. King

This is a fantasy novel about a woman named Kalinda. She is selected to be the hundredth wife of the rajah of her kingdom. I found the world really interesting, and I liked the main characters. I enjoyed this book and would probably read more in this series.

Raven Stratagem (Machineries of Empire Book Two) by Yoon Ha Lee

This is a science fiction novel following various characters. It is the sequel to Ninefox Gambit. It’s set in a very dystopian future where the preserved mind of a disgraced general who murdered his own soldiers is resurrected to help with a problem, but then he goes rogue. I liked this. It’s a good continuation of the story, and I’d definitely read more in the series.

© bardofupton 2019

Reading project, week ending 3 Nov 2019

What have I read this week? Just one, this time.

Mark of Fire (The Endarian Prophecy Book 1) by Richard Phillips

This is a fantasy novel about a young woman called Carol, a young man called Arm and an evil magic wielder called Kragan. I thought it was okay; the story and characters were quite interesting, but I probably won’t read any more in the series.

© bardofupton 2019

Reading project, week ending 27 Oct 2019

What have I read this week?

Song of Edmon (The Fracture Worlds Book 1) by Adam Burch

This is a science fiction novel following a young man named Edmon. He is the son of a man who gained noble rank through winning the annual Combat, but Edmon is really only interested in becoming a musician. I quite enjoyed this, but feel no particular urge to read any more of the series.

A Little Hatred (The Age of Madness: Book 1) by Joe Abercrombie

This is a fantasy novel following various characters during a time of great upheaval in a kingdom that is rapidly industrialising. I enjoyed this: it’s dark and brutal, like pretty much everything else I’ve read by the author, but the characters and the world are really interesting and engaging. I definitely plan on reading the next book in the series.

A False Report: A True Story by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong

This is a nonfiction book about a serial rapist. It was very interesting, and quite harrowing, particularly the parts about the woman who was pressured into withdrawing her rape allegation by the police.

© bardofupton 2019

Reading project, week ending 20 Oct 2019

What have I read this week?

Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy And Reclaiming Your Life by Susan Forward, Ph.D. with Craig Buck

This is a nonfiction self-help book about dealing with the problems caused by toxic parents. I found it very interesting and useful, although I think some of the writing is a little dated.

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

This is a fantasy novel about the kingdom of Iraden, which is protected by a god called the Raven. I really enjoyed this; it did not at all end up where I thought it was going to, and I really liked the characters and the world-building.

© bardofupton 2019

Reading project, week ending 13 Oct 2019

What have I read this week?

Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias In a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez

This is a nonfiction book about the gender data gap (i.e. the way in which data is collected mainly on men, and women are simply assumed to be the same) and how it affects women and society. I found this really interesting: I was aware of some of it already, but didn’t realise how bad it was. I would definitely read other books by this author.

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence

This is the third (and I think final) book in the Book of the Ancestor series, which follows a young woman called Nona as she trains to be a martial nun. I enjoyed this: I like the world and Nona is a great character. I’d definitely read more by this author, or further books in the same world.

© bardofupton 2019

Reading project, week ending 6 Oct 2019

What have I read this week?

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith

This is a fantasy novel about a woman named Elena who is a vine witch: a witch who makes wine. She has just escaped from a curse which turned her into a toad and is seeking revenge. I enjoyed this: I liked the world-building, the plot was interesting and I managed to guess one of the villains before they were revealed. I would definitely read more by this author.

The Last Dance (The Near-Earth Mysteries) by Martin L Shoemaker

This is a science fiction novel about a spaceship captain, Nicolau Aames, accused of mutiny, and the inspector, Park Yerim, tasked with investigating his actions. I found this a little too macho for my taste, but the story was pretty interesting.

© bardofupton 2019