Reading project, week ending 22 May 2022

What have I read this week?

2666 by Roberto Bolaño

This is a novel which is apparently about the murders of women in a city, but I didn’t get that far. I didn’t like this and didn’t finish it. I wasn’t interested in the characters or the story. I might read something else by this author, but only if it’s a lot shorter than this book.

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Reading project, week ending 15 May 2022

What have I read this week?

Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees

This is a fantasy novel about the city of Lud-in-the-Mist, in the country of Dorimare, which borders Fairyland. I really enjoyed this; the world building was really fascinating and I found the characters interesting. I would definitely read more by this author.

Queer City: Gay London from Romans to the Present Day by Peter Ackroyd

This is a nonfiction book about the history of queer people in London. I didn’t really like this and didn’t finish it; the writing just didn’t work for me. I wouldn’t read more by this author.

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

This is a historical fiction novel about Nan King, a young woman who leaves her home to work in a music hall in 1890s England. I really liked this. I found both the characters and the world really fascinating. I would definitely read more by this author.

False Value by Ben Aaronovitch

This is a contemporary fantasy novel, part of the Rivers of London series, about a police officer named Peter Grant, who works for the unit of the Metropolitan Police that deals with magic. I enjoyed this. It was a fun read. I might read more in this series.

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Reading project, week ending 8 May 2022

What have I read this week? Just one.

The Eye of the World: The Wheel of Time Book One by Robert Jordan

This is a fantasy novel about a group of villagers who get caught up in world-changing events. I didn’t really enjoy this; I found it over-complicated and didn’t really like any of the characters. I won’t be reading any more in this series.

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Reading project, week ending 24 Apr 2022

What have I read this week? It’s late, sorry!

The Wandering Earth by Cixin Liu

This is a collection of short stories. I enjoyed these; they were really interesting. I would definitely read more by this author.

The Fall of Koli by M. R. Carey

This is the third book in the Rampart trilogy, about a post-apocalyptic Britain. I enjoyed this and thought it was a good conclusion to the story. I would definitely read more by this author.

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Reading project, week ending 17 Apr 2022

What have I read this week?

The Trials of Koli by M. R. Carey

This is the second book in the Rampart trilogy, about a young man called Koli and a young woman called Spinner, living in post-apocalyptic Britain. I enjoyed this and I’m looking forward to reading the final book in the series.

I Am Hate by Ethan Cross

This is a thriller about a serial killer and his federal agent brother who capture serial killers together. I really didn’t like this and did not finish it. I found the writing clunky and didn’t like the characters at all. I won’t be reading more by this author.

Of Ants and Dinosaurs by Cixin Liu

This is a science fiction novel about the first civilisation on Earth: a joint ant-dinosaur civilisation. I enjoyed this, it was a fun read. I will definitely read more by this author.

The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry

This is a horror novel about a town with a deadly secret. I didn’t really like it; I disliked most of the characters and I didn’t find the story interesting. I probably won’t read anything else by this author.

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Reading project, week ending 10 Apr 2022

What have I read this week?

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

This is a fantasy novel about a young man named Zachary who finds a library book featuring an incident from his younger life. I liked this; it’s a very complicated series of narratives, but it kind of made sense in the end, and there’s lots of really interesting worldbuilding. I would definitely read more by this author.

The Book of Koli by M. R. Carey

This is a science fiction novel about Koli, a young man living in post-apocalyptic Britain. I liked this; the characters are interesting, and I found the world fascinating. I would definitely read more by this author.

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Reading project, week ending 27 Mar 2022

What have I read this week? It’s late, sorry.

The Thief on the Winged Horse by Kate Mascarenhas

This is a fantasy novel about a young woman named Persephone, who is part of a family of magical doll-makers, but who isn’t allowed to share in the magic. I enjoyed this. I liked the characters, the world is fascinating and the plot was interesting. I would definitely read more by this author.

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