Books for May and June

It was another two months where I didn’t read very many things with covers.

Captain’s Fury by Jim Butcher [4/5]

This is the fourth installment in the Codex Alera series, and I thought it was another fine effort. Jim has a knack for keeping things moving, which helped to keep this sword-and-horses tale
down to a svelte 438 pages. I’m very much looking forward to the final two books in the series.

The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Sixteen Original Works by Speculative Fiction’s Finest Voices edited by Ellen Datlow [4/5]

I picked up the ARC of this anthology when I was at NY Comic Con, and I’m glad I did. My favorite of the included stories was Elizabeth Bear’s “Sonny Liston Takes the Fall,” and I also quite enjoyed Maureen F. McHugh’s “Special Economics,” Margo Lanagan’s “The Goosle,” and Laird Barron’s “The Lagerstatte.” Some of the other choices didn’t work as well for me, but it’s still a good group of stories overall.

As-yet-unpublished manuscripts read:

  • Green by Jay Lake
  • Chill (or at least part of it) by Elizabeth Bear
  • Good Housekeeping by Mary Robinette Kowal

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