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What did you read in May 2018
« on: May 27, 2018, 10:21:10 AM »
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.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 May 2018
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2018, 10:38:39 AM »
Sword of the Bright Lady (World of Prime #1) by M.C. Planck 3/5

Okay nothing special, the characters don’t seem that believable to me.

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) by Josiah Bancroft 3/5

my thoughts are here http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-book-discussion/senlin-ascends-(spoilers)/

Arm of the Sphinx (The Books of Babel #2) by Josiah Bancroft 4/5

The story got going and better paced too.

The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) by Jonathan Stroud 4/5

The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. #2) by Jonathan Stroud 4/5

The Hollow Boy (Lockwood & Co. #3) by Jonathan Stroud 3/5

The Creeping Shadow (Lockwood & Co. #4) by Jonathan Stroud 4/5

The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5) by Jonathan Stroud 4/5

The series is not as good as the Bartimaeus books but still quite good horror YA about children defeating dangerous ghosts in London.

The Lesser Deadby Christopher Buehlman 3/5

Horror with proper vampires in New York set in the 1970's 

Age of Iron (Iron Age #1) by Angus Watson 1/5

Grimdark, Not for me the Humour didn' t work for me.
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Re: What did you read in May 2018
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2018, 06:23:05 AM »
Unless the book I just started is an early DNF (which, y'know, never rule anything out, but let's be optimistic) then here's what I read in May:

 - I finally finished Anthony Ryan's The Waking Fire, which I really enjoyed but wasn't sure it needed to be quite that long tbqh.
 - EK Johnston's Kingdom of Sleep (also known in some jurisdictions as "Spindle"), which was canny and crafty and not quite as amazing as the first book but still great.
 - Traci Chee's The Reader which was pretty and sly and wondrous in that Neverending-Story sort of way, though much more YA-adventure-ish.
 - Kendare Blake's Three Dark Crowns which had an amazing premise and world and then drowned in a YA-trope bog, alas.

Looking at that, I've been on quite the YA-fantasy binge (I've just started another one) since Mr Ryan's weighty tome. But also some shorter/other stuff:

 - More Saga (volume 3) which I continue to really enjoy.
 - Ben Aaronovitch's The Furthest Station which was a fun little Peter Grant romp.

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Re: What did you read in May 2018
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2018, 01:32:17 PM »
I don't think I'm likely to finish Madouc before the end of the month, so it was 6 books for me, only one of which was proper fantasy, although a couple of the others brushed against it:

A Murder is Announced - Agatha Christie - I worked this Marple out quite early. I don't know if I'm becoming used to Christie's tricks, after 50-odd books, or if it was just an easy one.

The Rift - Nina Allan - BSFA winner (2017). A woman's sister went missing when she was 17, and reappears 20 years later with an outlandish story. Early on, this reminded me of Graham Joyce's Some Kind of Fairy Tale, which is also great. I'm glad I didn't know much about it going in.

Grainne - Keith Roberts - BSFA winner (1987). Odd mix of history and speculation revolving around a man's life and the woman he loved. An interesting and evocative style, but the story didn't work for me.

Now We Are Ten (anthology) - Ian Whates (ed) - SF anthology celebrating 10 years of Whates's Newcon Press. Some good names. A mixed bag of stories.

The Palace Job - Patrick Weekes - Enjoyable fantasy heist adventure. I felt the crew were maybe overpowered.

Effendi - Jon Courtenay Grimwood - Second book in the Arabesk series of near-future thrillers set in a world where the Ottoman Empire never fell. Entertaining, but a bit of a messy story, I thought.

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Re: What did you read in May 2018
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2018, 11:06:52 PM »
Been a busy week for me, but I've slain two books along the way.

Kings of the Wyld (Nicholas Eames) - Adored it so much and laughed so often. It's every MMORPG ever meets Brutal Legend at a Dethklok concert. Can't wait for the sequel.

The Traitor God (Cameron Johnson) - Read an ARC, enjoyed it throughout, and trust me, folks, this one gets CRAZY. The end was like something right out of Akira. I really enjoyed it, and am currently putting together a review for The Fantasy Hive.

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Re: What did you read in May 2018
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2018, 08:54:10 PM »
My May reads:

Fantasy:
Deadhouse gates, Steven Erikson
Malazan 2, it was great! As I get more familiar with the world, things only get better - I loved the world, the characters, the worldbuilding, the plot and the mysteries.
(I read about half of the book in May)

Memories of ice, Steven Erikson
Malazan 3, I read about 45% in May - comments at the end, but it's surpassing book 2 ;D

And 2 non-fantasy ones from the library:
A history of Britain in 21 women, Jenni Murray
Small bios of significant british women, great role models all.

Do no harm, Henry Marsh
He's a neurosurgeon towards the end of his career and he's got a ton of interesting stories!
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Re: What did you read in May 2018
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2018, 11:44:35 PM »
Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik - Great scene writer, subpar long-length storyteller

Talon of the Silver Hawk, King of Foxes, Exile's Return, Flight of the Nighthawks, Into a Dark Realm, Wrath of a Mad God, Rides A Dread Legion, At the Gates of Darkness, A Kingdom Besieged, A Crown Imperilled, Magician's End, Magician, Silverthorn, A Darkness at Sethanon - Raymond E. Feist

Started re-reading from a few books to see whether I was right to believe the series got bad at a certain point, then got hooked, went all the way, and am now re-reading from the beginning. There's probably a long essay coming about this at some point, but there was a lot of fun reading there thrown in with a few too many WTF moments.

Also, REF's Midkemia should escape the accusation of being generic on the grounds that very few other in fantasy threw in so many fantasy tropes pretty much straight. Or, to put it another way, it's so generic as to be unique.

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Re: What did you read in May 2018
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2018, 03:06:06 PM »

The Traitor God (Cameron JohnsTon) - Read an ARC, enjoyed it throughout, and trust me, folks, this one gets CRAZY. The end was like something right out of Akira. I really enjoyed it, and am currently putting together a review for The Fantasy Hive.

Glad you enjoyed the mayhem. It's been described as part murder mystery, part Lovecraftian magical apocalypse.

In May I read Aching God by Mike Shel
This was good. I loved the older protagonist with a traumatic past and PTSD coming out of retirement for one last mission into an ancient tomb complex constructed by a vanished people. Dread and Lovecraftian horror rubs shoulders with heroics, excitement and lighter moments.

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Cannot recommend this enough. A full 5* space epic fitted into a single book. And I do mean epic. I'm in awe of this one.

Hellboy Omnibus 1 by Mike Mignola
I've been holding off buying the Hellboy trades until this came out. Love the mythology and the artwork.

Death march by Phil Tucker
If you like LitRPG books then this is a really good one to go for. Lots of fun with the RPG mechanics without dwelling too much on them to the detriment of the story. Level 1s have it hard.


The Traitor God & God of Broken Things

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Re: What did you read in May 2018
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2018, 02:42:32 AM »
My quietest month for the year, I read 5 books, though and here they are:

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero, I picked this up on the off chance and really loved it. It's kind of Scooby Doo mixed with The Famous Five if it had been written by Stephen King and edited by David Wong, oh and the kids are all grown up, too. I hope someone makes a film of it.

This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab, this is the start of a YA series. Very dystopian and written in typical dark, edgy Schwab style. Very good.

Cherie Priest's Brimstone, the first Cherie Priest book I've read that I didn't actually like all that much. I liked the parts of the book that featured the characters of Alice and Felipe, but felt the bits with Tomas dragged. I read a bit like it was meant to be a shorter work and padded out to make it into a novel and didn't work that well overall.

Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente. Oh My God! Eurovision meets The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with homage to David Bowie. If you like any of those things and Terry Pratchett, you should read this. Actually even if you don't like any of those things, but have a sense of humour you should read Space Opera. Valente can be screamingly funny, who knew? Brilliant! Best thing I've read all year.

The seventh of Seanan McGuire's InCryptid series and the second featuring my favourite character; Antimony Price - Tricks for Free. Highly entertaining, although it does suffer a little from a lack of mice.
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Re: What did you read in May 2018
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2018, 12:42:01 AM »
It was a big month of (mostly) good self-published fantasy for me.

Changed by Fire by D.K. Holmberg. This series is a lot of fun. People expecting great and complex fantasy literature probably won't like it, but I enjoy it for what it is.

Benjamin Ashwood by A.C. Cobble. This book was up and down. Enjoyable overall, especially toward the end, but occasionally it lacked plot direction.

Morning Star by Pierce Brown. I liked the Red Rising trilogy, but I don't love it as much as some people do. I thought the first book was the best.

Fortress of Fire by D.K. Holmberg. See above.

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter. This one surprised me. For most of the book, I thought it was a solid military fantasy in the tradition of Blood Song. Then, at the end, the action exploded, and I ended up loving it because everything tied together very well.

Forged in Fire by D.K. Holmberg. See above.

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft. Yep, I definitely get the hype. One of the freshest and most original fantasy stories I've read. It was pretty much perfect apart from occasional pacing issues.

Serpent of Fire by D.K. Holmberg. See above.

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Re: What did you read in May 2018
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2018, 05:27:38 AM »
Been a busy week for me, but I've slain two books along the way.

Kings of the Wyld (Nicholas Eames) - Adored it so much and laughed so often. It's every MMORPG ever meets Brutal Legend at a Dethklok concert. Can't wait for the sequel.

The Traitor God (Cameron Johnson) - Read an ARC, enjoyed it throughout, and trust me, folks, this one gets CRAZY. The end was like something right out of Akira. I really enjoyed it, and am currently putting together a review for The Fantasy Hive.

For the rest of us... should we do one of those read-along things? wdu think @ScarletBea ?