Saturday, November 10, 2018


I've been reading a bunch of really different, really good books lately; shall we discuss?

First up is Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep. It's a fantasy, written for adults (as opposed to young adults) but possibly young-adult-appropriate, though certainly not without violence, and features a main character who is strong (and funny) without being too perfect.
I may have seen a review of it, but the first thing I remember coming across was a column about how it was much better than its cover, and that caught my attention. Either at that point, or sometime shortly thereafter (I bought it a few weeks later, anyway), I looked into it further, and found an excerpt on the author's website (at the bottom of the page here), which promptly hooked me.
I like the writing, the characters, and when I got the full book, the pace pulled me through so fast that I'm quite sure I missed some details in my rush to Find Out What Happened. I have to read it again.

(It's the first in a planned trilogy, and when I praised it on Twitter, the author replied to tell me the second one comes out in July--isn't modern life funny?)

Another race-through-it read was Tear Me Apart by JT Ellison, a thriller that was twisty and had a lot of improbable to it, but was still very enjoyable. I'm not sure I would enjoy reading a lot of hers, since the frequent perspective changes might get old, but it was certainly nice for once. Good library book.

Fantasy author Martha Wells wrote a four-novella sci-fi series called the Murderbot Diaries, and the final one, Exit Strategy, came out in October. I loved them all, both in book and in audio, and am delighted that she is writing a full-length book in the setting as well. I can go on and on about this if anyone is interested.

Switching to hockey now; if you're a sports fan, you may have heard about a new thing called The Athletic, which is a subscription-based program that has been gathering a lot of good sports writers (not just for hockey, though of course that's what's on my radar). I first noticed them when they hired Fluto Shinzawa away from the Boston Globe, and I kept seeing more writers who were going to work for them, so this summer, when I ran across a half-off deal, I decided to try it out.

I've been enjoying it since; they go really in depth into the NHL coverage, from a variety of perspectives, they can really delve, and it's nice that I can customize it to my interests (1: the Bruins; 2: hockey generally). One of my favorite writers so far has been a guy who goes by Down Goes Brown (actual name Sean McIndoe). He's both knowledgeable and very funny, which gets me right where I live, of course. When I learned he had written this book, I knew I would have to get it.
This was before I had even finished it, and look at all the flags on funny bits. Definitely recommend for the hockey fan; you'll learn a lot, and enjoy it all the way.

Next up is a middle-grade novel (what we called an 8-to-12 when I worked in bookstores, meaning the general age guideline) called The Collectors, by Jacqueline West. I think the first I heard of it was the PW review, and I decided to give it a try. It's a quick read (at least at my age), and I quite enjoyed it. Over halfway through, I paused to tell my mother that, unusually, I couldn't tell which side was the good guys and which the bad, since they were both making convincing arguments for their side, and without giving anything away, I will say that I appreciated the way that went by the end.

Up next is Kate Atherley's latest, which I was pleased to see got a starred review in PW:
She's the one who taught the War and Peace socks class I took in 2014, and I look forward to digging into this one.

What are you reading?


Blogger Mary Ellen said...

I love Murderbot so much. My deep affection would, in fact, make Murderbot extremely uncomfortable. (I just started Exit Strategy today.)

6:15 PM, November 10, 2018  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

I just finished Becky Chambers' Wayfarer trilogy, which I enjoyed a lot. The third one, Record of a Spaceborn Few, took a while to get into -- I kept losing track of who was who -- but it hooked me and I loved it by the end.

6:19 PM, November 10, 2018  
Blogger goosefairy said...

I've been reading Haruki Murikami. I've borrowed my daughter's books since she's the one who got me started on him. I'd recommend any of his. I also recently finished the "Parasol Proectorate" series. A unique world that includes ghosts, vampires, and werewolves but done unlike any other book I've ever read. Just finished Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood and am currently reading "Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic". I have a tendency to read more than one book at a time. :P

9:12 AM, November 12, 2018  

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