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What did you read in July 2020?
« on: August 02, 2020, 09:17:06 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
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Re: What did you read in July 2020?
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2020, 12:52:10 PM »
After DNFing yet another YA fantasy in Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (a spin-off from Romeo and Juliet in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world rife with necromancy) I was about to put together a rant on how YA fantasies have such amazing ideas and such formulaic, shallow deliveries, and then...

Wintersong by S Jae-Jones. What a book! Lush and creepy and intense and crystalline. It's a redo of Labyrinth, but returned to its Germanic goblin-king roots, absolutely steeped in music and wrapped around the rose - thorns and all - of a young woman's artistic coming-of-age and refusal to fit into the boxes society demands she choose between. I really enjoyed it.

I also read The Martian by Andy Weir which was just as much fun in the voice and telling as the hype said. A smidgen too hard-sci-fi for me, but that voice and the tight plotting whizzed me past it.

Worldcon has delayed me finishing KA Doore's The Unconquered City which is a great culmination of her trilogy, doing epic stuff with great characters in a world I'm going to be so sad to leave behind. The desert just feels so real and lived-in, the characters so very of their environment. I'm looking forward to what Doore does next.

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Re: What did you read in July 2020?
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2020, 01:50:41 PM »
I read 3 books this month:

Emperor of thorns, book 3 of Mark Lawrence's Broken Empire trilogy
5/5
A re-read from 2014, I think I liked it even more now, with some knowledge of what was coming.

Turning darkness into light, Marie Brennan
5/5
Lady Trent's granddaughter is every bit as great as she was, and I really enjoyed this book! Written as a series of diary entries, newspaper articles and letters, it never felt forced and the plot rushed through.
I wish there were 20 of these books ;D

Foundryside, book 1 of Robert Jackson Bennet's new Founders trilogy
4/5
I enjoyed this book and will definitely read the rest of the series, but for me it was a bit too much worldbuilding, too many explanations, when less would still allow the plot to work. Great characters
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Re: What did you read in July 2020?
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2020, 01:24:27 AM »
High Planes Drifter (Merkabah Rider #1) - Edward Erdelac
Jewish gunslinger hunting supernatural evil. Lots of explicit violence purely for shock value. Not really invested in either story not protagonist. Meh.

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1) - Jay Kristoff
Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2)

Book 1 was a darker and more adult version of red Sister. Taut and gripping. Very good.
Book 2 was a rehash of Book 1 in different setting without furthering the plot. Meh.

A King's Bargain (Legend of Tal #1) - JDL Rosell
Picked up from SPFBO. Decent read, though characters and plot need to be refined more.

Dart - Dale Renton
An enjoyable sci-fi light read. Story, characters are all well above average. Liked it.

Peace Talks (The Dresden Files, #16) - Jum Butcher
A placeholder for next book. Just so so.

Lord of Light - Roger Zelanzy
Brilliant sci-fi book. Very novel, refreshing and really entertaining. Highly recommended.

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Re: What did you read in July 2020?
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2020, 02:35:54 PM »
Dirty Magic by Jaye Well 2/5

Urban fantasy, a cop gets in over her head about illegal magic

Hero Forged by Josh Erikon 5/5

Urban fantasy, where a  con man has an evil god stuck in his head and teams up with a succubus while on the run from various factions

Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell 4/5

Urban Fantasy, A Fae as a Private eye set in the 1920's Chicago

Widow's Welcome by D.K Fields 1/5

Mystery fantasy, Detective Cora needs to find the murderer in an election year , very slow paced lost interest 

The Angel of Crow by Katherine Addison 4/5

fantasy novel of alternate 18180's London based on sherlock holmes stories

Relics by Tim Lebbon 2/5

Urban Fantasy,  Angela's lover Vince  goes missing in lLondon and gets sucked in the underbelly of crime while trying to find him. lost interest

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey 2/5

A Private eye investigates a murder at a magic school. Lost Interest after a promising start.

First Watch by Dale Lucas 2/5

Buddy Cop story....Lost Interest  :P

The Empire's Ghost by Isabelle Steiger 3/5

Okay Epic fantasy nothing new to see here but done well .

@cupiscent guess which Fantasy sub- genre I read the most?




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Re: What did you read in July 2020?
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2020, 03:05:58 PM »
@eclipse , now I know what happens when you don't post here: you read LOADS :o ;D
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Re: What did you read in July 2020?
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2020, 04:11:37 AM »
@cupiscent guess which Fantasy sub- genre I read the most?

It's still unclear, perhaps we need more data.  ;)

I really enjoyed Magic for Liars! Though I did feel it was very driven by the main character, so I can see how if she didn't click for you, it would have been a harder sell.