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What did you read in November 2020?
« on: December 01, 2020, 03:27:44 PM »
Here it is: The what did you read this past month thread.

Come share your list and what you thought of the books you read last month. We're not looking for full out reviews, just a brief couple of sentences that sum up your impressions.

This is also not a contest for who read the most books, I know some of us struggle to find time to read one book a month, and others manage a dozen. That doesn't matter, so don't feel reluctant to post if you have read less books (or way more books) than others. This is all for sharing, and if you read anything, come let us know what it was and what you thought of it
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Re: What did you read in November 2020?
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2020, 11:36:48 PM »
Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner - final in her Queen's Thief series, and wheeeeee it was a great time. Technically YA, these books really hit a powerful, dark theme of "you can destroy people, so you need to be mindful of your own capacity and remember what is important" that I think is a great message for any age. Plus the prose is just beautiful.

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo - this novella wasn't quite what I was expecting (the framing narrative wasn't mentioned in any summary I read of it) but I really enjoyed it. Then again, I'm a sucker for a wronged woman on a brutal revenge path enabled by the establishment writing her off as "just a woman".

How to Rule an Empire and Get Away With It by KJ Parker - doesn't quite have the zing of 16 Ways, but I really liked Notker and the way this played out.

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Re: What did you read in November 2020?
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2020, 06:39:23 AM »


How to Rule an Empire and Get Away With It by KJ Parker - doesn't quite have the zing of 16 Ways, but I really liked Notker and the way this played out.

I prefer the ending in How to Rule an Empire
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Re: What did you read in November 2020?
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2020, 08:13:17 AM »
This month there were quite a lot, for me, because they were all shorter!

4 Fantasy:

Piranesi, Susanna Clarke
I really LOVED this book - it was different and magical and for me had a lot of different layers that you could read into the story.

A time of dread, A time of blood, A time of courage, John Gwynne (Of Blood and bone trilogy)
I re-read book 1 before 2 and 3, as I couldn't remember much. I really enjoyed book 1, his other series is one of my favourites, but then I think it was a case of 'right book at wrong time', a few things got to me and I couldn't connect that much.
If you like reenactments, the last book is definitely for you - it felt (probably wrongly) 80% battles and 20% not battles, and you could do a study in strategy and tactics, with all the detailed steps, hehe
I was a bit sad about it, because the good bits, about friendship and growth and acceptance were really good. Definitely one to re-read at a different time!

2 non-fantasy:

Confessions of a bookseller, Shaun Bythell
Second volume of his diaries as the owner of a second hand bookshop in south Scotland. Funny and interesting, it's a picture of books, and people.

Talking to strangers, Malcolm Gladwell
A book about how and why miscommunication and misunderstandings happen, sometimes with serious consequences. Lots of examples and ideas, the one that remains with me is that people's expressions aren't like on TV, with grief, surprise, anger and sadness being obviously visible in people's faces - and that can create a lot of issues (and that people in different parts of the world even read the 'obvious' facial expressions as reflecting totally different emotions!).

And I'm still reading/playing Crystal of storms, Rhyanna Pratchett, a 'choose your own adventure' book ;D
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