What Have I Read?
- Yesterday's Kin by Nancy Kress — a near future alien + hard SF novella.
- Night Terrace Season One — awesome audio-drama series. Australian and Doctor Who inspired (but gender-swapped) and hilarious. Loved it.
- Some spin-off short stories — The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar by Gail Carriger and This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
- Zac & Mia by A J Betts — Contemporary YA about teens with cancer, set in Perth and WA.
- Small Shen by Kylie Chan and illustrated by Queenie Chan — shortish novel partially illustrated with manga-style art and story-panes.
- Phantazein edited by Tehani Wessely — anthology of fairytale-inspired stories (all written by women)
- Drowned Vanilla by Livia Day — cosy (I think) crime/mystery novel with a strong foodie vibe and lots of summery recipes.
- Doctor Who: Pest Control by Peter Anghelides — audiobook of a Tenth Doctor and Donna adventure. Meh.
- Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger — predictably awesome. Book three of the Finishing School series.
- Doctor Who: Lights Out by Holly Black — short story/novelette about the Twelfth Doctor. Started slow but got interesting.
- This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner — The sequel to These Broken Stars. Awesome series.
What am I currently reading?
Two books, both of which I've dragged out a bit longer than I would have liked. The novel is The Godless by Ben Peek, the first in a new epic fantasy/BFF series. Enjoying it so far, but not enjoying mainly reading it in small chunks before bed. (Large chunks before bed don't work because I tend to pass out from exhaustion whether the book is exciting or not.)
The collection of short stories I'm currently reading is Difficult Second Album by Simon Petrie, which is excellent, tighter than his first collection. I'm about half way and super impressed so far and will have lots of nice things to say in my review.
The month started quite light on the book acquisition front, but I seem to have made up for that in the past week. Is book acquisition inversely proportional to amount of books read? That would be an unfortunate trend. (Assume review copy unless otherwise noted.)
- This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner — already reviewed
- Crash by Sean Williams — Twinmaker book 2, purchased because the first book was rad
- Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins — purchased because I was very impressed with her novella collection
- Drowned Vanilla by Livia Day — purchased and already reviewed
- Permutation City by Greg Egan — haven't read any Egan and always meant to
- No Need To Reply by Jodi Gleghorn — purchased collection of flash stories. Should be a quick read when I get to it.
- Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger — purchased and already reviewed
- Doctor Who: Lights Out by Holly Black — already reviewed
- The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan — collection of short stories set in the Shadowhunter universe. Purchased.
- The Fire Sermon by Fracensca Haig — interesting premise, YA dystopia, not out until next year, already going to be a movie, oh and an Australian (expat) author.
- City of Masks by Ashley Capes — fantasy written by a friend that came out earlier this year.