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Book 21, 22: The Door Into Shadow; and The Door Into Sunset; by Diane Duane. Finally finished reading this trilogy; it was really good, and I quite enjoyed the mythology she's created in it. It'll be interesting to see if she ever gets back to the world.


Book 23: The Science of Discworld, by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen. Eh. Well-written popular science, but it hasn't been updated since its initial 2002 writing, so it's got a few dated parted. Fun anyway.


Book 24: Half-Off Ragnarok, by Seanan McGuire. Glad to be continuing this series; as always, light fun.

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Book 18: Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson. Hmm. Well, I enjoyed this better than the first book, but I'm still not quite getting what I really want out of these. The plot comes together better in this one, so that it all feels like one story finally, but it just feels a bit too slow and involved; I've not yet gotten invested enough in these characters to really want to read the bits where nothing much is happening. It's got flashes of brilliance, but it's just not all there for me. I think part of it is that it's a bit more depressing than I'd want; so much of the time the characters feel trapped or helpless by events, rather than feeling active against them. Also, for as dark as it gets, everyone has way too much plot armor, which feels disconcerting. I am glad that we got to focus more on Shallan in this book, as she's my favorite so far.


Book 19: The Blinding Knife, by Brent Weeks. Different epic fantasy, re-reading in preparation for the final volume this summer. Much faster paced, and lighter in tone than Sanderson, which I enjoyed.


Book 20: Half Bad, by Sally Green. This did nothing for me; it was well written, but just nothing about it spoke to me. Teens feeling rebellious against conformist society, or having conflicted relationships with their fathers, would likely get some more out of this than I did. Meh.

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Book 15: The Drowning City, by Amanda Downum. I really enjoyed this story of a necromancer and her allies fomenting rebellion in a foreign city. It was interesting seeing the different conflicting motives, and the world felt really well realized; this story wrapped itself up well, but I'm really looking forward to reading the two sequels to see where things go next.


Book 16: Magebane, by Lee Arthur Chane. This was a more generic fantasy, as much as airships crashing in a lost city ruled by mages can be. Interesting ideas, but it just didn't come together as much for me as I might have hoped.


Book 17: Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson. Rereading this in anticipation of the next book, I'm still mildly disappointed because this wasn't as spectacular as I think it could have been. My biggest problem is that it just wasn't a good introduction to the world -- it'd be a decent second book in the series, but the scattered plots didn't really seem to reflect or connect to each other until the last third of the book, and even then there were parts still only connected by world-building rather than plot or theme. We'll see how Words of Radiance does for me.

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Book 11, 12, 13: A Darkness Forged in Fire; The Light of Burning Shadows; and Ashes of a Black Frost; by Chris Evans. This was a very interesting trilogy; a regiment of soldiers in a fantasy imperialist empire, fighting against the evil elf-queen while the subject nations rise up in rebellion. This was fun, played with a bunch of interesting ideas -- I almost didn't expect it to be able to wrap up by the end of the third book, but he managed it nicely. Definitely worth taking a look at.

Book 14: Raising Steam, by Terry Pratchett. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this from work, and thoroughly enjoyed it. A plus for me as well was that it was as much a Vetinarri book as a Moist one. (The first was interesting, the second repetitive to my tastes, so I hadn't been looking forward to a third.) The format was interesting; I'd heard that he dictated this one, and it does give it a different style, but still a very good read.

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Heh, it's the second snow day this year; pretty wierd for Georgia. I'm enjoying being home once again, watching the flakes (well, slush right now) falling down.

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Book 6: Indexing, by Seanan McGuire. This was fun; stories about the secret bureau keeping fairy tales from insinuating themselves into reality. Very similar to her Velveteen stories, at least in tone.

Book 7: Ex-Heroes, by Peter Clines. Superheroes against the zombie apocolypse. Pretty good take on what might be a cliched story.

Book 8: The Emperor's Knife, by Mazarkis Williams. This was an interesting fantasy; an empire threatened by a magical epidemic. Has some good threads for a possible sequel.

Books 9, 10: Heart of Briar; and Soul of Fire, by Laura Anne Gilman. This was... Well, the first book was an interesting modern Tam Lin story. The second was dealing with the aftermath, but thematically a mess, which was unfortunate as she's got some good ideas here.

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Books 1, 2, 3: Prince of Thorns; King of Thorns; Emperor of Thorns; by Mark Lawrence. This was a very fun gritty fantasy trilogy, with post-SF apocalypse thrown in for good measure. It was interesting watching the main character grow up from a bloodthirsty teen to a slightly more restrained adult. (Emphasis on 'slightly' there...) Also, I really appreciated the wrap-up of the series; I'll enjoy seeing what his new book is, but it was a very good conclusion to the entire story already.

Book 4: Metatropolis, edited by John Scalzi. I really enjoy all of the authors in this project (Elizabeth Bear, Tobias Buckell, Jay Lake, Karl Schroeder) and so it was fun seeing their takes on future cities. I have to say that for as positive as the stories themselves ended up being, they've certainly posited a rather bleak future.

Book(ish) 5: Assorted short stories by Seanan McGuire. Reading the collected short stories that she posted on her website. These are really good; might be a bit less easy to get into if you hadn't read at least one of the related books, but definitely worth checking out if you've enjoyed her work.

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Book 110: Deep Wizardry, by Diane Duane. One of my favorite childhood books that holds up excellently on rereads as an adult.

Book 111: Legacy of Kings, by C. S. Friedman. Not as good as her Coldfire trilogy, which just makes it very good as opposed to excellent.

Book 112: Gunnerkrieg Court: Materia, by Tom Siddell. This whole series has been great fun, and keeps adding new layers.


...and unless I get really ambitious tonight, that's the year! *grins*

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Book 106, 107: Age of Godpunk, and Age of Odin, by James Lovegrove. Three novellas and a novel about gods intruding on the modern world. Interesting ideas and fun writing, but it's all very not-quite-real, which got old eventually. Activist gods who might not actually exist seems to be kind of a cheat for the story.

Book 108: City under the Sand, by Jeff Mariotte. This was a guilty pleasure of a really bad tie-in novel. The D&D was too strong to make it actually 'good,' but I like the Darksun world in general, and it was a quick read, so while I can't in good conscious recommend this to anyone, but I had fun with it.

Book 109: On Such a Full Sea, by Chang-rae Lee. This was an ARC for an upcoming novel about a post-abundance America, and the story of the creation of a folk-hero tale. The setting was distressing, and the I'm not sure why I should care about such a passive main-character except as someone to follow through the various enclaves and classes of the world. There's probably someone who would get something good out of this book, but it wasn't for me.

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Books 103, 104, 105: Spirit Gate, Shadow Gate, and Traitors' Gate, by Kate Elliott. This was a fun epic fantasy to reread, lots of stuff worth checking out here. Also noticed the possibility of another book in this world, which would be really cool if it happens.

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