Lucy (Sibyx) Reading from Autumn Equinox to Winter Solstice 2018
This is a continuation of the topic Lucy (Sibyx) Readingfrom Summer Solstice to Autumn Equinox 2018.
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Currently Reading in October 2018
✔ Rift Kay Kenyon
new About This Life Barry Lopez memoir/essays
✔ROOT Owen Glendower John Cowper Powys hist fic
♬ Her Royal Spyness Rhys Bowen mys
Finished in October
105. ✔ A Liaden Universe Constellation: Volume Three Sharon Lee Steve Miller fantasy
106. ♬ Small Gods Terry Pratchett
107. new Firebrand Kristen Britain fantasy
108. new Exit Strategy Martha Wells sp/op
new Waking Dreams Mary Watkins psych
Put Down For Good
(Jan)new Engine City Ken MacLeod sf
(Feb)♬Roma Stephen Saylor hist fict
(March) The Baklava Club mys
(August) War With the Newts Karl Capek sf
(September ♬The Winter King Bernard Cornwell
new =acquired in 2018 (or end of 2017)
Series Tally 2018
Started in 2018
Roma sub Rosa (12) Steven Saylor NEXT UP (2) Arms of Nemesis
The Divine Cities(1 of 3) City of Stairs Robert Jackson Bennett
Continuing or Ongoing in 2018
Liaden Sharon Lee Steve Miller too numerous to mention!
Discworld Terry Pratchett ditto
Paksenarrion's World (7) Elizabeth Moon NEXT UP: Oath of Fealty (4)
The Craft Sequence(6) Max Gladstone NEXT UP: Two Serpents Rise (2)
Terra Ignota(3) Ada Palmer NEXT UP: The Will to Battle
Caught Up in 2018, Expect more
The Murderbot Diaries(3) Martha Wells
My Struggle(6)Karl Ove Knausgaard book six coming out this fall!
Inspector Gamache (13) Louise Penny
Chronicles of the Kencyrath(8) P.C.Hodgell
Medicus (8) Ruth Downie
Foreigner C.J. Cherryh books 13-15 completed for 2018
The Invisible Library(4) Genevieve Cogman
The Stormlight Archive (3) Brandon Sanderson
Flavia Albia(5) Lindsey Davis
Penric and Desdemona Lois Bujold
Completed Series Finished in 2018
The Broken Earth(3) N.K. Jemisin
Sir John Fielding mysteries11 Bruce Alexander
reread The Riddle-Master of Hed(3) Patricia A. McKillip
Rincewind(8) Terry Pratchett
Put Down in 2018
Engines of Light (2 of 3)Ken MacLeod
Inspector Yashim Jason Goodwin (book 5) The Baklava Club
97. ✔ Stone of Farewell(2) Tad Williams fantasy ****
98. ✔ Green Angel Tower, Part 1 Tad Williams fantasy ****
99. ✔ A Collection of Essays George Orwell essays, literary and memoir ****
100. ✔ To Green Angel Tower, Part 2 Tad Williams fantasy ****1/2
101. ✔ The Gathering Edge Sharon Lee Steve Miller ****
102. ♬Snuff Terry Pratchett fantasy ****
103. new The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs Steve Brusatte nat sci
104. ✔ Neogenesis Sharon Lee Steve Miller sp/op ****1/2
M/W writing together: 2
Contemp/Classic/Hist Fiction: 0
Mystery(inc hist mys): 0
YA or J:
From library or borrowed:
New (to my library): 1
Did not finish:
Housekeeping: (needs September update)
GRAND TOTALS IN=79
physical books (for year) IN=53
Book Titles Acquired September 2018
50. Improvement Joan Silber gift jim
51. The Wild Braid Stanley Kunitz gift jim
52. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs Steve Brusatte READ
53. Last Night in Montreal Emily St. John Mandel
17. Snuff Terry Pratchett READ
18. Small Gods Terry Pratchett Reading
19. The Winter King Bernard Cornwell
Reflections September 2018
This month is a first in that I finished no contemporary fiction and no fiction solely by a woman--I did read two Lee-Miller sp/ops. The best book, as in most interesting and fun, was the dino book by Steve Brusatte. Orwell was, probably due to my circumstances and state of mind, a slog, but worthwhile. I am, very very slowly making my way through John Cowper Powys's Owen Glendower -- somehow, it feels constrained or laboured compared to the others I've read (four so far, the superb Porius and A Glastonbury Romance and then Wolf Solent and Weymouth Sands both very worthwhile. As for the rest, the skew remains toward entertainment and fun with lots of sp/op and fantasy. I am approaching the end of my Pratchett saga and that is sad! One thing -- the Powys is set in 1400 and the contrast to the "faux medieval" settings of the lighter fantasies to Powys's attempt to capture visceral reality does nothing for either form. I shouldn't be overlapping them, but there you have it. I have managed to get halfway! It is a ROOT read so really, I have bogged down dreadfully.
Yes!!! Not a whole lot to see here yet. Can't believe it will be October tomorrow.
(Bringing this thought over from the end of the last thread):
I've bogged down hopelessly in Owen Glendower my ROOT book, so before I can start in on the two "new" books I have listed here (the Lopez and the Liaden stories) I have to read 100 pages. Maybe that will be enough to get my deep into it. I have already read about 250. As with all of Powys's fiction it is utterly compelling and memorable, but it is writing that asks a lot more of the reader than most. I do sometimes worry that I'm getting to be a lazier reader than I used to be!
Happy new thread, Lucy!
Looking forward to more pictures of the adorable Corgi duo :-)
Love the Corgi socks!
The president of the university where I now work has two corgis. They have a Twitter handle: WSU_1stCorgis. They are so darn cute!
Almost to my goal of reading 100p of the Powys before starting the next Liaden (short stories). I'm going to try to keep it going.
>9 ronincats: First!
>10 figsfromthistle: A new visitor! thanks for stopping by.
>11 FAMeulstee: I do try to keep new pix coming along.
>12 jnwelch:, >14 quondame:, >15 EllaTim: - Hi back, thanks!
>13 EBT1002: Those two corgis look a lot like Miss Po and Finbar!
>13 EBT1002: >17 ChelleBearss: I have more socks now that either have corgis, moose, or cats than I do "regular" socks!
>16 drneutron: Was talking about you the other day -- I saved your explanation of your work on the solar probe, so I could reread when needed. So exciting!
Happy new thread , Lucy. I love those little extended paws in your topper.
Stories that fill in some of the background for the novels in which Miller and Lee develop characters and ideas. Not for the uninitiated. ****
A one-off Pratchett about a hapless monk in a country on Diskworld that worships the "great god Om". He finds a talking turtle an eagle has dropped on the compost heap in the garden where he works in the monastery and it turns out it is the great god Om himself and he is the only believer and . . . Anyway, there are the usual evil plotters which must be thwarted more or less by accident and pure goodness of character and motives. Not my favourite but it had its moments. ****
>27 ronincats: *LOVE* I also love those splooting socks in your topper, Lucy. Our mostly-collie Cubbie was a champion Weirdo.
The Loaf looks like the rear end of a cat sitting puckaduck.
>27 ronincats: that is the cutest thing ever!
Our terrier is a classic donut, but she and our lab also spent a lot of time just lying down on their sides, legs straight. There's no name for that one, I guess.
>30 LizzieD: My cat does the loaf very very well. I never heard it described as "puckaduck"!
>32 laytonwoman3rd: Hi, Linda! Puckaduck is our own term for a cat, happily knuckled (also our term).
>33 LizzieD: Ahhh....the joy of making up names for the people and things you love. We do that too.
107. fantasy ***1/2
Firebrand Kristen Britain
Sir Karigan goes ever deeper into her role as the servant of Westrion, the god of death. The Second Empire (and I've forgotten, over time, just who is really behind the whole push to conquer Sacoridia, land of our hero and company) continues to plot and scheme and a wielder of magic, Grandmother, is knitting up a storm to capture Karigan and to use her to release demons of the underworld that the Sacoridians managed to imprison hundreds of years back. Zachary the king and Karigan continue to pine for one another. And so on. I did enjoy it, don't get me wrong, but it is what it is. ***1/2
I'm not sure how many books into this series I am, but I'm committed. The book does suffer somewhat from the bloat effect that seems to have stricken the fantasy genre. There is something comforting about a Very Long Book, but it ends up being a little like the low-calorie sweet, not quite as satisfying as a tightly wrought and written story. I had an aunt who would never read a book less than 7 or 800 pages long (back in the days of Michener, this was) and I am sympathetic.
Another comment because there is little need to review the story itself is also a general fantasy grip about the amount of suffering that Karigan undergoes. Over the top for me, as it was for Simon in the Williams book above and countless others in the last few years. Another faddish thing that will pass I hope? The amount of pain from stubbing my toe hard makes my eyes water, nuff said.
108. sp/op *****
Exit Strategy Martha Wells
I read this one so fast I never even had it in my "Currently Reading" list up top. Murderbot just can't help helping people and that gets (him?) into continuous trouble. Hard to know what gender m-bot really is, although I get the impression m-bot looks more male than female. That m-bot is falling in love is without doubt. Is that the ultimate thing that makes us human?
>37 sibyx: >38 sibyx: Both Exit Strategy and Firebrand are available at my library, so I'll guess I'll be reading those soon. I was so tired of the over stressed under done Zachary and Karigan in the last volume though so am not looking forward to more of the same. Not sure how I could have delayed getting my hands on Exit Strategy before now - perhaps I got lost among the TIOLI challenges...
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