Books for January and February

Hopefully posting about books every couple of months will work out better than the once a year method.

Heart of Stone (The Negotiator Trilogy, Book 1) by C.E. Murphy [3.5/5]

I liked a lot of things about this one, including the world-building and Catie’s prose. I wasn’t as fond of the occasional parts of the book that were done in an almost romance novel sort of style, which didn’t seem to fit the tone of the rest of the story. Oh, and my favorite character ended up being one of the secondary ones, Janx.

Glasshouse by Charles Stross [4/5]

Definitely a Charlie Stross book, with plenty of great SFnal ideas. I think I tended to prefer the parts of the story that were set outside of the Glasshouse to those set within it, but overall I thought it was good, and I’d definitely recommend it to any Stross fan (though I didn’t like it quite as much as either Singularity Sky or Iron Sunrise).

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch [4/5]

There was plenty to like about this book. The setting, the prose and the characters were all very good, and at more than one point it reminded me of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser stories. On the other hand, I really think it could have used an edit that chopped off maybe a couple of hundred pages (my mass market edition was 712pp long). While some of the flashback parts did have a direct connection to events in the present-day timeline, many of them were basically just very shiny bits of exposition that interfered with the momentum of the story, and in my opinion it would have been a better book without them.

Since I only read three books during the previous two months, I’m going to start reminding myself of manuscripts that I also read during that period, in an effort to keep from feeling exceedingly lame.

As-yet-unpublished manuscripts:

  • Source of Gravity by Ekaterina Sedia
  • The Drowning City by Amanda Downum (even though I technically didn’t finish it until a few days into March)
  • 1 other non-client ms. for Jenn

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