And of course, the Ditmar awards were actually awarded. And, since awards season is well and truly upon us, the Australian Shadows Awards were also announced.
In unrelated and much more mundane news, I also wrote my usual monthly round-up for the Australian Women Writers Challenge blog, which you can read here.
- North Star Guide Me Home by Jo Spurrier — a really excellent conclusion to an excellent trilogy.
- Feather Bound by Sarah Raughley —an interesting take on a fairytale for the modern world.
- The Back of the Back of Beyond by Edwina Harvey — a collection of amusing short stories, featuring dragons and more! And the middle of nowhere, NSW.
- CAUTION: Contains Small Parts by Kirstyn McDermott —A creepy but awesome collection of four short stories.
- Crudrat by Gail Carriger — an audiobook space adventure.
- Short Stories, an assortment of two — "Fairy Debt" by Gail Carriger and "Not the Worst of Sins" by Alan Baxter.
- The Bride Price by Cat Sparks — another collection, this time of somewhat dire stories.
- Some Fine Day by Kat Ross — post-climate apocalypse, extra huge hurricane-like storms ravaged the Earth and forced everyone to move under ground... or did they?
- The Year of Ancient Ghosts by Kim Wilkins — An exceedingly excellent collection of short stories.
- Uprising by Sarah Cawkwell —A mediocre alternate history fantasy novel.
- Novelettes: three from the 2014 Hugo ballot — pretty self-explanatory, all excellent stories.
What am I currently reading?
I've also just started reading Use Only As Directed, an anthology edited by Simon Petrie and Edwina Harvey and I'm about to start Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne this evening.
A lot of my favourite authors seem to have recently released books too, which definitely added to the virtual pile I'm about to list... Furthermore, the 2014 Hugo Packet was released adding to by TBR pile and my acquired books. But the way that works for me is I only add a free book to my "books owned" list (on LibraryThing) if I actually read it, or read a significant portion before giving up. For example, I am not going to make any attempt to read the Wheel of Time series at this point in my life because a) I'm pretty sure I won't like it that much and b) it's way too long to fit in (both in generally and also around other reviewing/reading commitments and desires).
- Thief's Magic by Trudi Canavan — purchased because a favourite author
- Prickle Moon by Juliet Marillier — purchased because Ditmars
- The Bride Price by Cat Sparks — purchased because Ditmars
- The Year of Ancient Ghosts by Kim Wilkins — purchased because Ditmars
- The Lowest Heaven edited by Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin — purchased because Ditmars
- Fragments of a Broken Land by Robert Hood — purchased because Ditmars
- Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld — eARC. I've already read it, but it's not out until September, so no review until then. But oh my goodness this book was AWESOME. I can't wait until more people have read it so I can discuss it with them. !!! 5 stars. (Mind you, I suspect people who aren't interested in/involved with the publishing industry may not like it as enthusiastically, but shh.)
- Delete by Kim Curran — eARC from Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot. The conclusion of the trilogy including Shift and Control
- The Guild of Assassins by Anna Kashina — eARC from Angry Robot, sequel to Blades of the Old Empire
- The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley — eARC, also from Angry Robot. Haven't read anything of hers before, but I've heard a lot of good things, so looking forward to it.
- City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare — purchased because I've enjoyed all her books.
- Guardian by Jo Anderton — preorder came in. Purchased because favourite author.
- Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie — Purchased because Hugos and heard a lot of things. Didn't want to get to the end of the extract and have to break.
- I, Morgana by Felicity Pullman — eARC from Momentum, because it sounded good and also AWW
- Chasing the Valley 3: Skyfire by Skye Melki-Wegner — eARC from Random House, because I loved the first book
- Chasing the Valley 2: Borderlands by Skye Melki-Wegner — purchased because I got the eARC of book 3 and also because I loved the first book and was intending to get around this this either way
- Last Year, When We Were Young by Andrew Mckirnan — eARC because the author is a friend (and because I want to read it)