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calm reading 75 and beyond in 2017

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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1calm
Edited: Jan 2, 2017, 9:01am Top

The Kittens (Lexa and Xander)

Intro

Hi I'm calm and I have been a member of LT and the 75ers since 2009. Last year I wasn't very chatty and I can't make any promises for this year either; though I do lurk on a number of threads.

Last year I read a lot of fantasy series, some sf and historical fiction mixed in with a little bit of other fiction.No non-fiction but I was mainly looking for escapism during a bad year.

I live in West Wales with two kittens and a houseful of books. I am trying to read the books that come into the house shortly after acquiring them but I do have a lot on my TBR shelves (some of which have been languishing for years though I did have good intentions when I bought them).

Top 5 of 2016 (not counting re-reads)

The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
My Real Children by Jo Walton
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (this was a tough choice as I also loved A Monster Calls)
Temeraire by Naomi Novak (I really need to get the rest of this series and I'm not entirely sure why I left it so long before I did get around to reading it)
The Pesthouse by Jim Crace

2calm
Edited: Dec 31, 2017, 3:32pm Top

books read

January

1) Treason Keep by Jennifer Fallon (re-read completed 2 January)
2) Harshini by Jennifer Fallon (re-read completed 6 January)
3) Yarrow by Charles de Lint (re-read completed 8 January)
4) Banewreaker by Jacqueline Carey (completed 13 January)
5) Godslayer by Jacqueline Carey (completed 18 January)
6) The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (library completed 20 January)
7) The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (library completed 22 January)
8) The Heart of what was Lost by Tad Williams (library completed 23 January)
9) Kindred by Octavia Butler (library completed 25 January)
10) The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey (completed 26 January)
11) The Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker (re-read completed 4 February)
12) Everville by Clive Barker (completed 11 February)
13) Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Tales by Terry Pratchett (library completed 12 February)
14) Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (library completed 14 February)
15) The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories by Terry Pratchett (library completed 16 February)
16) Empress by Karen Miller (re-read completed 20 February)
17) The Riven Kingdom By Karen Miller
18) Hammer of God by Karen Miller
19) Echo Boy by Matt Haig (library)
20) Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes (library)
21) The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce (library)
22) The Stolen Child by Lisa Carey
23) Odalisque by Fiona McIntosh
24) Emissary by Fiona McIntosh
25) Goddess by Fiona McIntosh
26) The Gate to Women's Country by Sheri S Tepper
27 and 28) Cygnet by Patricia McKillip (duology The Sorceress and the Cygnet and The Cygnet and the Firebird)
29) The Wild Wood by Charles de Lint
30) The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers (library)
31) The Good People by Hannah Kent (libray)
32) Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
33) Different Class by Joanne Harris (library)
34) Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
35) The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant
36) In the Forests of Serre by Patricia A McKillip (re-read)
37) Gibbon's Decline and Fall by Sheri S Tepper
38) The Exile Waiting by Vonda N McIntyre
39) Mr Fox by Helen Oyeyemi (library)
40) New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson (library)
41) Heart of the Mirage by Glenda Larke
42) The Shadow of Tyr by Glenda Larke
43) Song of the Shiver Barrens by Glenda Larke
44) Cards of Grief by Jane Yolen (re-read)
45) The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker (library)
46) Anathem by Neal Stephenson
47) Aurian by Maggie Furey
48) Harp of Winds by Maggie Furey
49) The Sword of Flame by Maggie Furey
50) Dhiammara by Maggie Furey
51) The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling
52) Hidden Warrior by Lynn Flewelling
53) The Oracle's Queen by Lynn Flewelling
54) The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly (library)
55) The Wanderground by Sally Miller Gearhart
56) The Three by Sarah Lotz (library)
57) Holy Fools by Joanne Harris
58) Weaveworld by Clive Barker
59) The Book of Legendary Lands by Umberto Eco (library)
60) Black Sun Rising by Celia Friedman
61) When True Night Falls by Celia Friedman
62) Crown of Shadows by Celia Friedman
63) Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb (library)
64) Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb (library)
65) The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell
66) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
67) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
67) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
68) Betrayal by Fiona McIntosh
69) Revenge by Fiona McIntosh
70) Destiny by Fiona McIntosh
71) Traitors by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
72) Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
73) Myrren's Gift by Fiona McIntosh
74) Blood and Memory by Fiona McIntosh
75) Bridge of Souls by Fiona McIntosh
76) Sea Dragon Heir by Storm Constatine
77) Crown of Silence by Storm Constatine
78) The Way of Light by Storm Constatine
79) Assassin's Fate by Robin Hobb (library)
80) The Maze Runner by James Dashner (library)
81) The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (library)
82) The Death Cure by James Dashner (library)
83) Ombria in Shadow by Patricia McKillip
84) The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay
85) The Darkest Road by Guy Gavriel Kay
86) The Wandering Fire by Guy Gavriel Kay
87) Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis (library)
88) The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland (library)
89) Adam's Curse: A Future without Men by Bryan Sykes (library)
90) American Gods by Neil Gaiman
91) The Seven Daughters of Eve by Bryan Sykes
92) Devices and Desires by K.J. Parker
93) Evil for Evil by K. J. Parker
94) The Escapement by K.J Parker
95) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (library)
96) Tin Men by Christopher Golden (library)
97) The Peripheral by William Gibson (library)
98) Helliconia Spring by Brian Aldiss
99) Helliconia Summer by Brian Aldiss
100) Helliconia Winter by Brian Aldiss
101) East of Midnight by Tanith Lee
102) The Briar King by Greg Keyes
103) The Charnel Prince by Greg Keyes
104) The Blood Knight by Greg Keyes
105) The Born Queen by Greg Keyes
106) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (library)
107) The Wonder by Emma Donoghue (library)
108) Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
109) Purge by Kat Ellis (library)
110) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (library)
111) Wolfblade by Jennifer Fallen
112) Warrior by Jennifer Fallon
113) Warlord by Jennifer Fallon
114) Jack of Kinrowan by Charles de Lint
115) The Companions by Sheri S Tepper
116) Small Changes by Marge Piercy
117) Divergent by Veronica Roth (library)
118) Insurgent by Veronica Roth (library)
119) Allegiant by Veronica Roth
120) Sarah Canary by Karen Joy Fowler
121) Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
122) Shadow's End by Sheri S Tepper
123) Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
124) Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
125) The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch
126) Duncton Wood by William Horwood
127) Duncton Quest by William Horwood
128) Duncton Found by William Horwood
129) The Humans by Matt Haig
130) Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
131) Duncton Tales by William Horwood
132) Duncton Rising by William Horwood
133) Duncton Stone by William Horwood
134) Angels of Music by Kim Newman

3calm
Edited: Dec 5, 2017, 10:30am Top

books acquired

library

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Tales by Terry Pratchett
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories by Terry Pratchett
The Echo Boy by Matt Haig
Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
The Good People by Hannah Kent
Different Class by Joanne Harris
Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb
Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb
Assassin's Fate by Robin Hobb
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
The Death Cure by James Dashner
Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis
The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland
Adam's Curse: A Future without Men by Bryan Sykes
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Tin Men by Christopher Golden
The Peripheral by William Gibson
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
Purge by Kat Ellis
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Sarah Canary by Karen Joy Fowler
Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
The Humans by Matt Haig

secondhand purchases

A Change of Climate by Hilary Mantel
The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey
Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant
Anathem by Neal Stephenson

8th Thingaversary (1 June - so next 9 books count for that)

Sister Noon by Karen Joy Fowler
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
Rubicon by Tom Holland
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell
Voices by Ursula Le Guin

Shadow Gate by Kate Elliott
Small Changes by Marge Piery

LT Early Review

The Stolen Child by Lisa Carey

4calm
Jan 1, 2017, 10:27am Top

Welcome to my 2017 thread, I'll do the housekeeping soon, but this thread is now open - lurkers welcome

5PaulCranswick
Jan 1, 2017, 10:28am Top

Lovely to see you back, Calm.

6PaulCranswick
Edited: Jan 4, 2017, 6:47pm Top



I am part of the group.
I love being part of the group.
I love the friendships bestowed upon my by dint of my membership of this wonderful fellowship.
I love that race and creed and gender and age and sexuality and nationality make absolutely no difference to our being a valued member of the group.

Thank you for also being part of the group.

7calm
Jan 1, 2017, 10:39am Top

Thanks Paul - good to see you

8FAMeulstee
Jan 1, 2017, 11:51am Top

Happy reading in 2017, Calm!

9ronincats
Jan 1, 2017, 12:00pm Top

Happy New Year! (dropping a star)


10lkernagh
Jan 1, 2017, 1:34pm Top

Hi calm, so happy to see you have a thread up! Returning the favor you paid me by visiting my thread, and relying on my Irish heritage to leave you the following New Year wishes:

11avatiakh
Jan 1, 2017, 2:55pm Top

Lovely to see you here again. I've read two of the Temeraire books and also really want to continue. Have you read her Uprooted?

12calm
Jan 1, 2017, 4:09pm Top

Thanks for stopping by Anita, Roni, Lori and Kerry

Lori I've read/skimmed a lot more threads than I have posted on but it does seem that I should let people know that I have stopped by ... I should do it more often:)

Kerry yes I read Uprooted some time ago and had Temeraire on the TBR shelves long before that so I'm very happy to have finally got around to reading it. It looks like she has completed the series now, with the ninth book, but I haven't got anymore of them yet.

13SandDune
Jan 1, 2017, 5:57pm Top

Starred you Calm.

14ChelleBearss
Jan 1, 2017, 8:23pm Top

Hope you have a wonderful 2017!

15drneutron
Jan 1, 2017, 9:54pm Top

Welcome back!

16Berly
Jan 2, 2017, 2:31am Top

17souloftherose
Jan 2, 2017, 4:57am Top

Happy new year calm and welcome back!

18calm
Jan 2, 2017, 7:04am Top

Thanks Rhian, Chelle, Jim, Kim and Heather. It is good to be back.

19Carmenere
Jan 2, 2017, 8:37am Top

Happy happy New Year, calm!! Wishing you and the kitties a wonderful 2017!!

20calm
Jan 2, 2017, 9:05am Top

Thank you Lynda.

21calm
Jan 2, 2017, 11:25am Top



1) Treason Keep by Jennifer Fallon

Second in the Demon Child trilogy. We see more of the characters introduced in the first book; the addition of characters from other regions of the world; the conflict builds and R'Shiel is tested and learns more about what she is supposed to do.

I think Jennifer Fallon has created interesting characters and a well though out world of political and religious intrigue. As the second book of a trilogy this sets up enough tension for me to look forward to reading the conclusion and seeing where the author takes her characters and the world.

22PaulCranswick
Jan 2, 2017, 11:34am Top

>21 calm: Looks an interesting series, Calm. Not my normal genre perhaps but I am trying to forget about not liking sci-fi for now.

23RBeffa
Edited: Jan 5, 2017, 7:11pm Top

Welcome back calm. I've yet to read Patrick Ness's "The Rest of Us Just Live Here" but I've loved some of his other works. I've got "A Monster Calls" on the shelf to read this year.

Keep warm with the kitties.

24kgodey
Jan 2, 2017, 2:45pm Top

Hi calm! I have you starred.

25archerygirl
Jan 3, 2017, 11:55am Top

Dropping off a star! Happy reading 2017 calm :-)

26leahbird
Jan 3, 2017, 8:11pm Top

Happy New Year and New Thread, calm! My goal is be a more active member of this group, so here's to resolutions!

27LovingLit
Jan 3, 2017, 8:13pm Top

>23 RBeffa: A Monster Calls was a fave of mine when I read it. I was given a lovely edition, hardcover and with gorgeous illustrations, by my sister. I treasure it!

Hi Calm :)
Happy reading in 2017!

28Morphidae
Jan 4, 2017, 6:32pm Top

Have a fantabulous 2017!

29Kassilem
Jan 4, 2017, 8:21pm Top

Hello Calm! Don't mind my lurking.

30RBeffa
Jan 5, 2017, 7:14pm Top

>27 LovingLit: That's the book I have. Theoretically I bought it for my daughter who likes Ness almost as much as i do - she's read it, I have not. Although I've read the Crane Wife and she hasn't!

31calm
Jan 6, 2017, 11:37am Top

>22 PaulCranswick: Not Sci-fi but fantasy and I'm not sure if I would recommend it as a series to someone unfamiliar with the genre but there are interesting characters and well imagined world so it might work for you, Paul.

>23 RBeffa: A Monster Calls is really good, one of the few books that made me cry last year. I hope you enjoy it.

The kittens are very warm and when they sprawl on me they keep me warm as well :)

>24 kgodey: Thank you Kriti

>25 archerygirl: The same to you

>26 leahbird: Nice to see you here. I'm hoping to be more active this year as well

>27 LovingLit: Good to see more love for A Monster Calls. I hope you have a happy 2017 Megan

>28 Morphidae: You too Morphy.

>29 Kassilem: I like lurking on your thread as well. We have quite similar tastes and you have some great books lined up for the year:)

>30 RBeffa: The Crane Wife was another good one. I think Ness is quite versatile and there is probably something for everyone amongst his books.

32Carmenere
Jan 6, 2017, 11:40am Top

Ack, I'm tempted calm but I'm staying away from any new series. That is until I finish all I own. Have a good weekend!

33calm
Jan 6, 2017, 11:46am Top

I'm still in comfort read mode Lynda so that was a re-read but it was a very long time ago that I first read it (definitely before I found LT) so there were a number of details that I had forgotten. I can't say that I will avoid new series but that depends on what BB's hit me and what I can find at the library. I hope you have a good weekend as well.

34Morphidae
Jan 6, 2017, 1:35pm Top

>33 calm: What's a comfort read for you?

35mckait
Jan 7, 2017, 9:33am Top

I have been reading a lot of fantasy, too. I will have to look at your books and see if there are any I could jump into. I have mostly been borrowing from the library ( e-books)

Also, have I said nice to see you ?

A_N_D pretty kitties :)

36calm
Jan 7, 2017, 11:42am Top

Morphy - normally a big chunky fantasy series that will take me out of this world; something I can get lost in.

Kath - I've got a lot of fantasy books, at one time it was the only genre I bought though I borrowed other things from the library. I don't do e-books.

Probably on your own thread, you've got a very cute granddaughter.

I'm biased but agree that they are pretty kitties. A bit of a handful ... Xander is using me as a climbing frame at the moment :) Though I think he might settle if I stop typing and give him a cuddle.

37Morphidae
Jan 7, 2017, 1:00pm Top

>36 calm: Oh, yeah. Me, too. I recently reread the series The Others by Anne Bishop, Merry Gentry by Laurell K. Hamilton, Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward, Agent of Hel by Jacqueline Carey, Guild Hunter by Nalini Singh, Tamir Triad by Lynn Flewelling, Kara Gillian by Diana Rowland, Midnight, Texas by Charlaine Harris, and Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harrisff.

Wow. I had no idea I had done this much rereading lately. That's just between September and December. Guess it shows how much comfort I've been needing lately!

38calm
Jan 7, 2017, 1:32pm Top

Morphy I've only read one of those - the Tamir Triad.

I really liked Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series but haven't read the Agent of Hel. But I'm not really a fan of supernatural goings on in our world - especially if they are paranormal romance stories. I do like Charles de Lint but he doesn't really do romance.

I like things more on the epic scale ... with morally gray, complex characters; interesting magical systems and not set in our world. Though I do read the the good vs evil; saving the world type of thing as well.

39PaulCranswick
Jan 7, 2017, 1:40pm Top

Very interesting exchange on a genre I am very much a novice of.

Good to see you active this year Calm. Have a lovely weekend.

40calm
Jan 7, 2017, 1:47pm Top

There are a lot of different sub-genres in fantasy. I just prefer things to be a bit grittier and I don't really like a lot of romance in the stories I read. So if I check out the tag page and paranormal romance is prominent I won't start the series. There are plenty of other books to read and not enough time to get to everything.

Thanks Paul. I was just over on your third thread. I hope you get better soon and can have a lovely weekend yourself.

41EllaTim
Jan 7, 2017, 2:18pm Top

Hi Calm, I do a lot of lurking too, but going to wish you a happy new year, with lots of good reading!

42calm
Jan 7, 2017, 2:36pm Top

>41 EllaTim: Thanks for de-lurking. Happy new year to you as well.

43calm
Jan 7, 2017, 2:54pm Top



2) Harshini by Jennifer Fallon

Conclusion to the Demon Child trilogy. I enjoyed this series though I am not entirely sure that the last chapter was necessary - in some ways I would have preferred not to leave R'Shiel and the other characters on that note. Otherwise a satisfying conclusion and I'll probably read the prequel trilogy sometime soon.

44Morphidae
Edited: Jan 7, 2017, 10:33pm Top

Try The Others by Anne Bishop. While it's tagged paranormal and urban fantasy and is set in our world, the world is so different as to be unrecognizable. It's alternate history where from before human history "the Others" - in which shapeshifters, vampires, elemental spirits and such have been the dominant species. You'll certainly see your shades of grey in how humans are treated (they often get called "meat" for one.) Human population on the US is about 1700s level, maybe early 1800s though they do have 21st technology.

45calm
Jan 8, 2017, 4:46am Top

>44 Morphidae: That does sound like it might be interesting. Unfortunately my local library doesn't have any Anne Bishop. I'll have to see if I can find any of her books elsewhere.

46Morphidae
Jan 8, 2017, 12:33pm Top

>45 calm: Well, that sucks. :(

I hope you can find it. I enjoy turning people on to that particular series. I would stick with that series though.

Hmm, though maybe you wouldn't mind the Black Jewels series either. It's very dark fantasy and not something of hers I typically recommend as much as I love it.

The "rulers" (Princes, Warlord Princes, Queens) are quite violent and aggressive, but they have a firm sense of honor. If you are accused of a violent crime, they'd make very sure (100% sure) you are guilty. But there would be no jail, they'd just blow your head off. If you were maliciously accused, they'd blow the accusers head off... or worse. The book is also quite open about sex. Not necessarily romance, but sex. Not at the erotica level but... I'm not sure how to explain it. It's just part of how the culture and the Warlord Princes in particular are.

47calm
Jan 8, 2017, 12:44pm Top

>46 Morphidae: I looked at her LT page and the Black Jewels series definitely looked like something I would read. I do like things on the dark side :)

48Morphidae
Jan 8, 2017, 8:19pm Top

>46 Morphidae: Then you'd certainly like Black Jewels. It's dark but it's not depressing. In fact there are some very funny moments. Which I love.

49mckait
Jan 9, 2017, 6:27am Top

I loved those books. I think there is to be only one more.

Have you looked at Melissa Olson and Ilona Andrews ?

50mckait
Jan 9, 2017, 6:29am Top

I find that hard copies of fantasy are hard to find. I borrow many e-books and have saved a lot of money and space that way. If you prefer not to read on a kindle or tablet, I understand.

51calm
Jan 10, 2017, 12:03pm Top

>48 Morphidae: That series is definitely something I will try to find.

Kath - I haven't even heard of Melissa Olson. I'm not sure about Ilona Andrews but my library system actually has the first in the Kate Daniels series though not at my local branch. Looking at LT there are a lot more so if I did like it I would be in trouble getting the rest of them so I doubt if I will start that series either.

I don't have an e-reader and am not likely to get one but I do live near a university town and at certain times of the year (when the students leave town!) I get really lucky in finding second hand books.

52calm
Jan 10, 2017, 12:14pm Top



3) Yarrow by Charles de Lint

Cat is a writer living in Ottawa who gets her inspiration from a dream world. When she stops dreaming she gets writer's block. What she doesn't know is that there is a dream thief in town and she needs to make real world friends to help her.

There are a lot of characters introduced very quickly. Some are other victims of the dream thief and others are people who help Cat, but they are all individual enough so that wasn't too overwhelming. Yarrow is also very dated as there are lots of references to 80's pop culture and life in Ottawa at the time.

Having said that I don't think that de Lint has ever written a book I haven't enjoyed. This isn't his best work but I did like it.

53ChelleBearss
Jan 10, 2017, 1:07pm Top

>52 calm: Sounds like an interesting book! I thought I had read De Lint before but my library isn't showing any works read ... hmmm must have just been other reviews that I remember

54calm
Jan 10, 2017, 1:27pm Top

I wouldn't start with that one Chelle. If you like YA maybe The Blue Girl; for a touch of Celtic mythology Moonheart and then there are his Newford books which are very good ... the first one I read was Memory and Dream.

At least you are Canadian so hopefully it won't be too hard for you to find some of his work.

55Morphidae
Jan 10, 2017, 1:34pm Top

The only De Lint I've read is Moonheart and I really liked it (8/10 stars.)

56calm
Edited: Jan 10, 2017, 1:37pm Top

That's a very good rating from you Morphy.

57ChelleBearss
Jan 10, 2017, 1:38pm Top

>54 calm: Yes, I think he is available at our library. I googled him and nothing looks familiar but I do know the name. He has 70 books though! I'll throw Moonheart on the wishlist :) Thanks

58calm
Jan 11, 2017, 5:57am Top

Chelle some of those 70 are short story collections and others are YA. So there are a lot of quite short books among them. Some are more like folklore/fairy tales. Other books are grittier, he often has street people and/or victims of abuse among his characters.

I think Moonheart was the first de Lint I read as well and it might be one I will re-read again this year. I love that the house is also a character in the story and the mix of Celtic and Native American mythology really appealed to me.

59Berly
Jan 12, 2017, 3:17am Top

Calm--I will have to keep on eye on what you read here--I am thoroughly enjoying this latest discussion of books between you, Morphy, McKait and Chelle!

60PaulCranswick
Jan 12, 2017, 3:26am Top

>59 Berly: Interesting for me too Kimmers as I am not overly familiar with the genre.

Great to see you clock up more posts than 2016 already, Calm. xx

61calm
Jan 12, 2017, 7:21am Top

Thanks Kim - I know some people have a poor opinion about fantasy but for me it can be a way to explore real life issues at a step away from our world and that little bit of distance can help. I don't know very much about the paranormal/urban fantasy aspect of the genre though.

Kath is a de Lint fan and she probably knows more about his work than I do so I hope she will chime in with recommendations.

Paul - I'm not quite there yet Paul. I made it to 70 posts last year but I wasn't chatting about what I read only listing the books in one of my opening posts.

I still need to be careful about typing as it hurts but I do like getting feedback and recommendations so I will try to be more active this year.

62Carmenere
Jan 12, 2017, 9:33am Top

Hey calm! So nice to see you up and about, visiting your book buddies, reviewing. Excellent. If two kitties could like the spark, I'm just thinking what 3 or 4 might do ;0) Have a wonderful afternoon/evening!

63calm
Jan 12, 2017, 9:45am Top

Hi Lynda - Any visits are likely to be short but I am lurking a lot more often than I am stopping to say anything.

I'm realistic, I know that I can't manage (or afford) more than two furkids. They do make me feel a lot better, having someone else to look after means that I am more likely to look after myself. I just have to stop them climbing the bookshelves and chewing the books :)

64cbl_tn
Jan 14, 2017, 5:24pm Top

Wishing you a belated happy new year!

>63 calm: They do make me feel a lot better, having someone else to look after means that I am more likely to look after myself.

I've discovered the same thing. I get a lot more exercise now that I have a furbaby, and it's easier to keep a more regular meal and sleep schedule since the furbaby behaves better when he knows what to expect when.

65calm
Jan 15, 2017, 12:49pm Top

Thanks Carrie. Furbabies do enhance our lives. I'm not getting much more exercise - apart from rolling balls for them to chase :) But as they are still young they need several meals a day and at least that means I have to walk to the kitchen.

66Morphidae
Jan 18, 2017, 4:55pm Top

>61 calm: I certainly am not one to look down on fantasy as it takes up a good 60% of more of my reading. Which is your preferred subgenre? Mine is urban fantasy.

What causes pain when you type? Carpal tunnel?

>65 calm: How are the kitties doing? Yourself?

67kgodey
Jan 18, 2017, 8:39pm Top

>61 calm: Fantasy is great! I read books for recreation and to de-stress, and there's nothing better than a good fantasy book to do that. My favorite type of fantasy is probably high fantasy.

68calm
Jan 19, 2017, 7:19am Top

>66 Morphidae: I like quite dark epic fantasy; some of my favourite authors are Janny Wurts, Guy Gavriel Kay, Steven Erikson, K.J Parker, Jacqueline Carey, Charles de Lint and Patricia McKillip.

Yes I have carpal tunnel and cervical spondylosis as well. So I have very limited use of my right arm and hand.

Kitties are fine though very active. I'm trying to stop them climbing the curtains as I have already had to replace a (very old) pair after they ripped a hole in one!

>67 kgodey: It is just some people, not on LT really. For me a lot of my reading is escapism so I love well written complex fantasy and some historical fiction. I like a story and a world I can get lost in :)

69Morphidae
Jan 19, 2017, 1:01pm Top

Okay, I was going to recommend Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls, Lynn Flewelling, Robin Hobb, and Elizabeth Haydon. We certainly have some of the same tastes! (Well, not Hobb. She was TOO dark for me.)

How about Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher? Six book epic fantasy. It's not super dark, but should be edgy enough for your tastes. The first book is the weakest - angsty teen farm boy done good. But it builds from there and I raced through the remaining books in the series. The last book was my favorite.

Another *possible* is The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin starting with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. I wouldn't necessarily call it "epic" because to me that involves battle and/or travel. But it is dark fantasy and the trilogy is very well done.

I see you have Diplomacy of Wolves by Holly Lisle. I don't know if you've read it or if it's on your TBR pile but I've found her to be a decent, dark-ish author.

I don't know if you've read any of the Brandon Sanderson on your shelves but The Mistborn Trilogy is quite good.

That's all I can find in my Read database that is dark (or dark-ish) fantasy that isn't already in your library and isn't urban fantasy.

70PaulCranswick
Jan 21, 2017, 5:02am Top

So after not checking my stats properly last time and relying on my ever increasingly faulty memory I will equal your last year posts with this one.

Have a great weekend, dear Calm.

71calm
Jan 21, 2017, 9:56am Top

>69 Morphidae: Great recommendations Morphy. Unfortunately my library doesn't have any Jemisin, that one was on my radar, and only the last book of that Butcher series, which I hadn't considered as I only knew of his Dresden books.

I don't think I read the Lisle yet as I don't have the rest of the series. I've read a fair bit of Sanderson and have The Way of Kings on my TBR shelves but once again I am waiting until I have more of the books.

>70 PaulCranswick: Unfortunately for your stats Paul I got another post on last year's thread which I answered so they are not equal. When I get around to writing the comments for my most recent reads I will overtake last years posts:)

I hope you have a good weekend as well and that nobody else gets locked out, though the extra keys should help.

72souloftherose
Edited: Jan 21, 2017, 10:10am Top

>69 Morphidae: Seconding the N. K. Jemisin recommendation although I would add that I think her Broken Earth trilogy is even better - the first book is The Fifth Season and the third book in the trilogy will be released this summer.

ETA: Just seen your library doesn't have any Jemisin. :-(

73calm
Jan 21, 2017, 11:08am Top

>72 souloftherose: I'm sad about the library not having any Jemisin as well, Heather. I've heard good things about her books on LT. I'll just have to hope that they turn up in a charity shop sooner or later.

74Morphidae
Jan 21, 2017, 5:26pm Top

>71 calm: Ugh, and the Furies series is one that you cannot read out of order. It's very linear.

>72 souloftherose: I'll have to check out the Broken Earth trilogy when the last book comes out.

75Berly
Jan 22, 2017, 7:35pm Top

Just catching up here...Hi!

76calm
Jan 24, 2017, 6:17am Top

>74 Morphidae: It's not as though I am going to run out of things to read anytime soon.

>75 Berly: Hi Kim.

77Morphidae
Jan 24, 2017, 5:35pm Top

>76 calm: I know the feeling. *fist bump*

78calm
Feb 21, 2017, 9:52am Top

4) Banewreaker by Jacqueline Carey
5) Godslayer by Jacqueline Carey

79calm
Edited: Feb 21, 2017, 11:37am Top





6) The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
7) The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I received the first book in this trilogy as part of my SantaThing haul and was happy to see that my local library had the next books in the series. They didn't go where I was expecting but the whole story was very enjoyable. I will look forward to seeing whatever the author writes next.

80calm
Edited: Feb 21, 2017, 11:40am Top



8) The Heart of what was Lost by Tad Williams

Tad Williams returns to the world of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn in this slight novel about the aftermath of that series. It doesn't include my favourite characters but it was an interesting look at the fate of the enemy and it was good to learn more about the Norns. I believe that he will be returning to this world with a new series soon and I look forward to hopefully learning more about the fate of the original characters and possibly some of those introduced in this book.

81calm
Edited: Feb 21, 2017, 11:56am Top



9) Kindred by Octavia Butler

Historical fiction with a twist as a young woman travels back in time to save one of her ancestors. Not much time passes in her present though she takes multiple trips into the past to ensure that her ancestor survives to father a child. He is the son of a slave owning man and her maternal ancestress is the daughter of Free blacks, given the colour of her skin she has to pose as a slave in order to survive in the past.

82PaulCranswick
Feb 21, 2017, 9:54am Top

Good to see you back and reading up a storm, Calm!

83calm
Edited: Feb 21, 2017, 11:19am Top



10 The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey

84calm
Feb 21, 2017, 9:59am Top

Hi Paul - my laptop died (not entirely sure if it is completely dead as it has gone off to see if it can be repaired) and I've borrowed one from a relative for now.

I am going to try to up-date my reading, just a quick list for now and hope to get covers and some thoughts down later.

85calm
Feb 21, 2017, 10:00am Top

11) The Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker
12) Everville by Clive Barker

86calm
Edited: Feb 21, 2017, 12:00pm Top



13) Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Terry Pratchett

When Terry Pratchett was very young he worked for a local newspaper and one of the things he did was write short stories for the children's section. Toward the end of his life he revisited these stories and published them as a book. Like all short story collections there were some I loved, some I liked and a few that didn't work for me. But given that these were written by a teenage Pratchett I am very impressed and I can see the potential that turned him into a much loved best selling author.

87PaulCranswick
Feb 21, 2017, 10:02am Top

>84 calm: Great to see you back anyway - borrowed equipment or not.

88calm
Edited: Feb 21, 2017, 12:02pm Top



14) Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

This is part of a series by various authors that re-tell Shakespearean plays. This is Atwood's take on the Tempest, one of my favourite plays, and I am very impressed with how she took the theme and created a fresh story while remaining faithful to the source.

89calm
Feb 21, 2017, 10:04am Top

There are a lot of threads to catch up on Paul and other internet things to do as well.

90calm
Edited: Feb 21, 2017, 12:06pm Top



15) The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner by Terry Pratchett

The second volume of Pratchett's very early stories. My feelings are much the same as for the first volume.

91calm
Feb 21, 2017, 10:06am Top

16) Empress by Karen Miller

92PaulCranswick
Feb 25, 2017, 7:20pm Top

Glad to see Pratchett's early stories are also worth looking at, Calm.

Have a lovely weekend in West Wales.

93Berly
Feb 27, 2017, 12:43am Top

Lots of reading going on here! Hope you get your computer worked out soon.

94Morphidae
Feb 27, 2017, 6:49pm Top

>78 calm: I'd like to know what you thought. I've read everything of Carey's except these two. I know what they are about and the subject matter doesn't interest me much... but it's Carey!

95PaulCranswick
Mar 14, 2017, 7:09pm Top

Hope everything is well over here, Calm. xx

96calm
Mar 20, 2017, 7:49am Top

Hi Paul - they are very much early stories but you can see the seeds of how Pratchett's writing developed - some of the stories were developed into The Carpet People and The Bromeliad

Berly - Still haven't sorted out a new computer and this one is a bit buggy

Morphy - I really enjoyed them. There were definite Tolkeinesque influences but she took those and made her own story.

Paul - not too bad except for the ongoing computer problems. This borrowed laptop is ancient and crashes every now and then which is really annoying but it is better than nothing.

97Morphidae
Mar 22, 2017, 12:33pm Top

>96 calm: Okay, onto Mount TBR they go. Have you heard any scuttlebutt about her newest, Miranda and Caliban?

98calm
Mar 22, 2017, 12:57pm Top

I haven't kept up with her books Morphy. I loved the first Kushiel Trilogy, but haven't managed to find all the books in the next two trilogies yet. I know she has written other series as well but the books don't seem to turn up around here.

I do like The Tempest so Miranda and Caliban sounds like a book I should enjoy.

99lkernagh
Mar 24, 2017, 4:24pm Top

Stopping by to wish you a lovely weekend, calm.

100Carmenere
Mar 24, 2017, 4:29pm Top

Hi there calm! Hope spring has arrived in Wales. I think it may have come to Cleveland, although here, one can never be absolutely sure.
Wish you a wonderful weekend!

101PaulCranswick
Mar 25, 2017, 6:16pm Top

When I get settled back in the UK when I relocate shortly, I want to pay several visits to Wales (Hay-On-Wye for a starter) and perhaps have a weekend on your lovely West Coast and a meet-up with one of my favourite Welsh ladies.

Have a lovely weekend, Calm.

102calm
Mar 28, 2017, 6:06am Top

Thanks Lori and Lynda. Weekend was quiet - just the way I like it :)

Paul - I'm sure Hay-On-Wye is a dream destination for many booklovers.

I don't get out much but if you do ever end up in my area I'm sure something could be arranged.

103alcottacre
Mar 28, 2017, 6:12am Top

Hello, calm! It has been a while :)

104calm
Mar 28, 2017, 6:17am Top

Hello Stasia - it is very good to see you back. You have been missed.

105alcottacre
Mar 28, 2017, 6:22am Top

>104 calm: Thanks. It is nice of you to say so.

I have my Wales shirt on today. Nice coincidence!

106ChelleBearss
Apr 14, 2017, 10:58am Top


Hope you have a great Easter weekend!

107PaulCranswick
May 7, 2017, 4:48am Top

Wishing you a great weekend in West Wales, Calm.

108Berly
May 10, 2017, 5:43pm Top

Hey there, Calm! How goes it? Missing you. Big hugs.

109PaulCranswick
May 12, 2017, 8:20pm Top

A happy weekend wish, Calm

110souloftherose
May 13, 2017, 5:55am Top

Stopping by to say 'Hi' calm!

111calm
Jun 5, 2017, 11:48am Top

Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by. I am still around ... doing a lot of lurking :)

Kittens are growing up; I am still reading slowly (I update the list of books read occasionally) and nothing much else is going on.

No promises on when I will post again.

112PaulCranswick
Jun 5, 2017, 11:53am Top

>111 calm: Good to see you safe and well, Calm.

113Berly
Jun 11, 2017, 12:42am Top

I am so excited!! A Calm sighting!! Is that an oxymoron? ; )

114calm
Jun 25, 2017, 11:24am Top

Thanks Paul

Could be Kim :) I hope all is well with you

My Thingaversary was earlier this month and I finally managed to get out and buy some books.

Sister Noon by Karen Joy Fowler (historical fiction set in 1890's San Francisco)
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (contemporary/historical mystery)
Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy (contemporary/SF - wishlist)
Rubicon by Tom Holland (non-fic - wishlist)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (SF - trilogy I wanted to read after seeing the films)
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell (post-apocalyptic sf - looked interesting)
Voices by Ursula Le Guin (wishlist - part of series, already have first)
Shadow Gate by Kate Elliott (wishlist - part of series, already have first)

115ChelleBearss
Jun 25, 2017, 7:30pm Top

Happy Thingaversary! Enjoy your book haul, you've got some great ones there!

116ronincats
Jun 25, 2017, 8:11pm Top

Belated Happy Thingaversary! It does look like you made some good choices there.

117lkernagh
Jun 26, 2017, 11:14am Top

Love your Thingaversary haul, calm!

118souloftherose
Edited: Jun 26, 2017, 12:51pm Top

Happy thingaversary calm! Of your book haul I've read Woman on the Edge of Time and thought it was very good. Also Hunger Games. Lots of others in your haul I want to read though!

119PaulCranswick
Jul 2, 2017, 5:06am Top

Stopping by to wish you a lovely Sunday, Calm.

120sirfurboy
Jul 3, 2017, 7:04am Top

I am so sorry, I had totally missed your thread all year until now... starred now. That despite the fact I used to follow your threads in the past.

Some interesting reads on your list that I will need to look into now.

121calm
Edited: Jul 4, 2017, 11:08am Top

Hi Chelle - I need to check out you thread to see how the new arrival is doing:)

Roni - I hope so, I've already read a few of them and so far so good.

Thanks Lori

Heather - I haven't got around to the Woman on the Edge of Time yet but will soon. I loved the Hunger Games trilogy - so much more than in the films but getting to the end of Mockingjay made me realise that I haven't actually seen the fourth film so there were a lot of surprises.

Good to see you Paul

Stephen No need to apologise. I'm a lot quieter than I was. I'm still lurking on yours and should thank you for making me aware that Robin Hobb had completed the Fitz and the Fool trilogy. I've now read the first two and have the third on hold at the library though given the end of the second I should probably have waited until I had the third at home

Edit - to get spoiler tag working

122sirfurboy
Jul 4, 2017, 11:31am Top

>121 calm: I hope the library wait is not long then! Glad you are enjoying them.

123calm
Jul 4, 2017, 11:33am Top

It's there - I just need to get to town to pick it up.

124sirfurboy
Jul 4, 2017, 11:35am Top

Oh I see. In that case... go, go, go! :)

125calm
Jul 4, 2017, 11:49am Top

Not that easy - I don't drive, am a couple of miles away from the nearest bus stop and only go to town when I need supplies that I can't get in the local village :) But for this I will probably get there before the end of the week (if I can think of anything else to add to the trip that makes it worth going)

126PaulCranswick
Jul 4, 2017, 11:52am Top

Nice to see you posting Calm. A book is always worth the trouble to walk miles for isn't it?!

127calm
Jul 4, 2017, 12:01pm Top

Hi Paul normally - if I hadn't got that pile of Thingaversary books I might agree but I have so many books in my TBR piles that having major cliffhangers can be overlooked this time. At least to make it worth delaying for another few days:)

128PaulCranswick
Jul 4, 2017, 12:08pm Top

Stephen is probably the best bet actually. He has been doing so much walking these months that a trip to the shops / library and back for you would only see him warming up.

129calm
Jul 4, 2017, 12:25pm Top

When I was younger it would have been nothing to do the full walk to town as I often went on long hikes for fun. It is a bit too painful now though. I don't mind the two miles downhill to the bus but coming back with a full bag is less fun.

All the virtual walks around LT are fun to follow though and Stephen's is one of the really impressive walks, bearing in mind he is reading in the language of the country he walks through. I'm terrible at languages :(

130Berly
Jul 14, 2017, 2:31am Top

Delurking to say Hi! Love that you are back here posting. : )

131calm
Jul 17, 2017, 10:30am Top

Thanks for delurking Kim.

I'm only posting here but I am lurking elsewhere :)

132lkernagh
Jul 17, 2017, 6:52pm Top

Happy to see you are "lurking elsewhere", calm. ;-)

133calm
Jul 18, 2017, 3:37am Top

Of course I am - I really like the look of your new hiking shoes :)

134PaulCranswick
Jul 29, 2017, 11:01pm Top

Wishing you a lovely weekend, Calm. xx

135PaulCranswick
Aug 21, 2017, 7:46pm Top

August is missing some Calm!

136Berly
Sep 5, 2017, 11:02pm Top

>131 calm: Ahem. I thought you said you were posting here. : )

137lkernagh
Sep 6, 2017, 12:12am Top

Hi calm.... Stopping by to wish you a happy September!

138PaulCranswick
Sep 9, 2017, 9:54am Top

Thinking of you, Calm.

139PaulCranswick
Sep 16, 2017, 6:10pm Top

Wishing my favourite West Walian a lovely weekend.

140calm
Oct 8, 2017, 6:17am Top

Thanks for dropping by my very neglected thread. I have been lurking about but for some reason stopped posting and updating my reads. That is going to be a big job but I hope that I will be able to remember what I have read and get around to listing them sometime,

141calm
Oct 8, 2017, 7:20am Top

That is now done - 27 books since I last updated. Now over 100 for the year :)

Some still not catalogued though :(

142FAMeulstee
Oct 8, 2017, 8:08am Top

Belated congratulations on passing 75 and even 100!

143calm
Oct 8, 2017, 8:10am Top

Thanks Anita.

144Carmenere
Oct 8, 2017, 9:37am Top

Hi there, Calm! Happy Autumn to you and the kitties. Congrats on 100!

145ronincats
Oct 10, 2017, 4:11pm Top

Looks like you've been reading up a storm, Calm. Congratulations on passing the 100 book mark!

146calm
Oct 12, 2017, 6:57am Top

Thank you Lynda and Roni.

147Berly
Oct 24, 2017, 6:24pm Top

148sirfurboy
Edited: Nov 13, 2017, 4:35am Top

Congratulations on reaching 100 books. Nice to see Robin Hobb featuring prominently in your list.

149lkernagh
Nov 19, 2017, 4:51pm Top

Congratulations on 102 books read, calm!

150PaulCranswick
Nov 23, 2017, 11:58am Top

This is a time of year when I as a non-American ponder over what I am thankful for.

I am thankful for this group and its ability to keep me sane during topsy-turvy times.

I am thankful that you are part of this group.

I am thankful for this opportunity to say thank you.

151Berly
Nov 24, 2017, 12:16am Top

On this day of Thanksgiving, I am grateful for many things, one of them being my



Thank you for being so wonderful! : )

152calm
Dec 5, 2017, 11:27am Top

Thanks for visiting everyone.

I finally got around to up-dating my read list. Let me know if you want to know anything about what I have read.

153PaulCranswick
Dec 10, 2017, 4:22am Top

Stopping by to wish you a wonderful weekend, Calm.

154calm
Dec 10, 2017, 7:49am Top

Thanks Paul. It's a winter wonderland here at the moment :)

155Berly
Dec 14, 2017, 4:16am Top

Hi Calm--How are you like Annihilation by VanderMeer? He is an odd author, whom I like a lot. I read his Borne this year and it was a wild one!

156calm
Dec 14, 2017, 3:47pm Top

Hi Kim - I just finished it. I liked it, a bit weird but sometimes that works for me.

I was a bit worried about starting it as it is the first in a trilogy and my library doesn't have the other books yet but I think it worked as a standalone. Though I will read the others if I can find them as I want to learn more about Area X.

157PaulCranswick
Dec 15, 2017, 10:53pm Top

>156 calm: I have that one on the shelves and will probably give it a go soon. Weird is fine by me!

Have a lovely West Walian weekend, Calm. xx

158lkernagh
Dec 23, 2017, 7:50pm Top

Hi calm, stopping by to wish you and your loved ones peace, joy and happiness this holiday season and for 2018!

159ronincats
Dec 23, 2017, 11:32pm Top

It is that time of year again, between Solstice and Christmas, just after Hanukkah, when our thoughts turn to wishing each other well in whatever language or image is meaningful to the recipient. So, whether I wish you Happy Solstice or Merry Christmas, know that what I really wish you, and for you, is this:

160souloftherose
Dec 24, 2017, 11:31am Top

Stopping by to wish you a merry Christmas/happy holidays calm.

161SandDune
Dec 24, 2017, 2:36pm Top



(Or in other words, Happy Christmas, to you and yours!)

162PaulCranswick
Dec 24, 2017, 9:36pm Top



Wishing you all good things this holiday season and beyond.

163calm
Dec 25, 2017, 7:54am Top

Thank you very much Lori, Roni, Heather, Rhian and Paul.

I hope you all have a wonderful, book filled 2018

164calm
Dec 25, 2017, 8:27am Top

Talking of books I opened my SantaThing gifts. I'm happy this year as I got Hild (which has been on my wishlist for ages); The Goblin Emperor which I really wanted to read; Swordspoint (not so sure about this one as it is the first in a series and I don't know how easily I will find the rest) and The Long Ships (pretty sure I read this before I found LT but it has been years and I'm sure I won't remember all the details).

And when I was last in town I found a second hand copy of King Rat by China Mieville which I have wanted to read since I first discovered his work.

So it looks like I will have some really good books to read.

165Berly
Dec 26, 2017, 3:58pm Top

Congrats on the books and Happy Boxing Day!!

166Berly
Jan 1, 9:58pm Top



Happy 2018!! Please let me know if you start a thread. : )

167ChelleBearss
Jan 1, 10:37pm Top

Hope you had a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

168souloftherose
Jan 7, 6:30am Top

>164 calm: That's a good book haul calm. I think Gollancz reissued Swordspoint and sequels so the library might have the sequels (or at least be amenable to you requesting them)?

169calm
Jan 8, 7:41am Top

Finally set up in 2018 https://www.librarything.com/topic/281227

Hi Berly and Chelle thanks for the holiday wishes.

Heather - I agree that it was a good haul :) I'll wait until I read Swordspoint before I decide if I want to read the sequels. The series page looks really confusing. If I like her writing the library has Thomas the Rhymer which sounds like my kind of book.

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