More books I’ve read

Here it is, yet another attempt to catch up with all of the books I’ve read over the past few months but never gotten around to reviewing.

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem [4/5]

While I wasn’t overly fond of a couple of the plot structure choices, the excellent prose was enough to win me over.

The Year of Our War by Steph Swainston [2.5/5]

I went into this book with high expectations because of favorable comments I read elsewhere, but I ended up disappointed by both the prose and the plot.

Vellum by Hal Duncan [4.5/5]

Wow. Not an easy read by any means, and it takes a while to get going, but once this book hits its stride….just wow.

Iron Sunrise by Charles Stross [3.5/5]

A good enough book, but I didn’t end up liking it nearly as much as I liked Singularity Sky.

The Wizard Hunter by Martha Wells [2/5]

I thought Death of a Necromancer was a great book, but the start of this newer series set in Ile-Rien wasn’t nearly as good. I didn’t care for the new generation of characters, and the plot just didn’t grab me at all. A real disappointment.

Threshold by Caitlín R. Kiernan [4/5]

Horror with that fantastic Kiernan prose style.

Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher [4/5]

Another excellent, fun Dresden novel.

The Poison Master by Liz Williams [3.5/5]

As was the case with Ghost Sister, I liked the world building a lot, and then thought the plot sort of fell flat. I still enjoyed it though.

The System of the World by Neal Stephenson [4/5]

As with the first two books, there are slow parts where Stephenson spends too much time talking about the layout of London streets or some other esoteric subject, but overall I liked it a lot.

Devlin’s Justice by Patricia Bray [3.5/5]

A satisfying conclusion to the Devlin trilogy.

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik [3.5/5]

A fun and fast-moving start to a series I plan to keep on reading.

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman [3.5/5]

It was a little heavy on the exposition at times, but I still plan to read the rest of the trilogy.

The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad by Minister Faust [3/5]

It was definitely different, and I liked a lot of the ideas and the flavor, but the pacing was annoyingly uneven.

The Chains That You Refuse by Elizabeth Bear [4/5]

As is the case with any collection, I liked some of the stories more than others, but there are plenty of great ones here (like “The Devil You Don’t,” “And the Deep Blue Sea,” “This Tragic Glass,” and “Follow Me Light”). It’s very much worth a read.

2 Responses to “More books I’ve read”

  1. Paul Says:

    I find it interesting that most people seem to prefer Iron Sunrise to Singularity Sky. I’ve yet to read IS, though, to judge between the two.

  2. Michael Says:

    I thought Iron Sunrise was much more of a straightforward thriller set in space, with less of the weirdness that I loved in Singularity Sky. Plus the evil villians were perhaps a little too evil.

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