Reading project, week ending 8 Dec 2019

What have I read this week?

Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee

This is a science fiction novel following the story of the notorious undead general Shuos Jedao. It is the last in the Machineries of Empire trilogy, and sequel to Raven Stratagem. I liked this; it was a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.

Romanitas by Sophia McDougall

This is an alternate history novel where the Roman empire continued into modern times. It follows the story of two escaped slaves and the Emperor’s nephew. I enjoyed this, and might read the next in the series.

Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee

This is a collection of short stories set in the Machineries of Empire universe. Many of the stories follow characters from the trilogy. I enjoyed these; they filled out the universe in a nice way.

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

This is a collection of three short stories with illustrations. They all involve a kiss, and magic of some kind. I really enjoyed these and would definitely read more by this author.

Disobedience by Naomi Alderman

This is a novel about an ex-Orthodox Jewish woman who goes back to the community she grew up in for her father’s funeral. I found it a little confusing, because there are three viewpoint characters who were differentiated in my Kindle by text size, but I still kept getting them mixed up. I found the book interesting, but I definitely felt like I was missing a layer of meaning (despite the author’s very detailed explanations of various Orthodox Jewish customs). I would definitely read more by this author, though.

Darien (Empire of Salt: Book One) by C.F. Iggulden

This is a fantasy novel about the city of Darien, and six people who become involved in defining its future. I quite enjoyed this, and would probably read the next one in the series.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This is a fantasy novel about a young man called Lazlo Strange and a young woman called Sarai, who is also a goddess. I liked it a lot. The characters are interesting and so is the world. I definitely want to read the next in the series.

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Reading project, week ending 1 Dec 2019

What have I read this week?

The Terranauts by T. C Boyle

This is a novel about a group of people taking part in a project where eight of them live within an enclosed some for two years. It was interesting but I didn’t really like it, mainly because I disliked all three of the viewpoint characters.

Cage of Souls by Adrian Tchaikovsky

This is a science fiction novel set in the very distant future when the sun is dying. The main character is Stefan Advani, a scholar who is sentenced to life imprisonment in a penal colony for his heretical ideas. I liked this. The world is interesting, and so are the characters.

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Reading project, week ending 24 Nov 2019

What have I read this week?

Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky

This is a science fiction novel, the sequel to Children of Time. It concerns the meeting between the spider society from Children of Time and a society evolved from octopuses. I enjoyed this, it’s a good continuation of the story, and I felt like the different societies were very different from each other and didn’t seem like variants of humanity at all.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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