On Tap 05/14

Currently Reading

• One Word Kill – by Mark Lawrence (Impossible Times #1)

A little bit of time travel fiction, Mark Lawrence’s first (published) foray into the genre. It’s a shorter read at 200 pages—hope it’s good!

• Flex – by Ferrett Steinmetz (‘Mancer #1)

Been wanting to read this for a while now. Excited to finally have it. My library only has the 3rd ‘Mancer book (go figure), but I was able to pick this up used for under $4. I hope the magic system is as new and innovative as I’ve heard!

• The Cruel Stars – by John Birmingham

An eARC about an enemy that was defeated hundreds of years prior only to come back with a vengeance. Human purists, waging war against the augmented and genetically impure. An interesting premise, but we’ll see how it works out. So far, there’re 6 POVs which is slowing down the plot as it jumps madly around. The story’s pretty good, though.

• The Grand Dark – by Richard Kadrey

Another eARC, by Sandman Slim creator Richard Kadrey. Like a Great War Germany with mechanicals. I’m not sure what I think of this. The premise or the execution. Not far in yet, but there was apparently a great war that’s referenced quite a bit, without actually giving any details. Also, apparently happy, free people do lots of drugs. Huh.

Next Up

• Exit Strategy – by Martha Wells (Murderbot Diaries #4)

The conclusion to the Murderbot Diaries I just picked up at the library. Haven’t had occasion to start it yet, but hopefully I’ll race through something and can start it. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed its tale so far and can’t wait to see where yon Murderbot ends up!

• David Mogo: Godhunter – by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

The title should tell you all you need to know about why I want to read this. That and the cover. I mean how awesome is that cover? I’ve an ARC of it—but with Grand Dark out first, it took priority. African god-punk. An urban fantasy set in Nigeria. I mean, yeah.

What the Future May Hold

• Revelation Space – by Alastair Reynolds

Most anyone who’s a fan of Scifi will have heard of Revelation Space. I’ve had some trouble getting through it, though. Recently, I’ve accrued an audio version which I hope will help.

• Charmcaster – by Sebastien de Castell (Spellslinger #3)

I actually do occasionally buy books (cheap ones, anyway), and I recently picked up both this and Soulbinder. I really liked the first two Spellslinger books and hope the trend continues. I’ve heard worrying things about the series’ future, however, and can’t wait to read them for myself.

• Metro 2035 – by Dmitry Glukhovsky (Metro #3)

Metro 2033 was an interesting experience for a book [link]. 2034 ditched the tale of Artyom in favor of a quasi-romance set in the post-apocalyptic metro, but in 2035 he’s back. I’m a big fan of Metro: Last Light Redux, which is supposedly the story that Glukhovsky tells here.

• The Dragon Pearl – by Yoon Ha Lee

A library book I’ve on hold. I’ve always meant to read his Machineries of Empire series, but we don’t have those yet, so… I’ll have to settle. Absolutely no idea what this is about, except that it’s Scifi and YA. Anyone out there a fan?

Life

Every now and then my real life invades my reading life. My refuge from it. Hence the name of the blog and all (I mean, I wanted to name it something else, but that domain was taken. Quite a few of them were, in fact). This’s just a little aside.

I’m a little bogged down with books this month, but that’s not like it’s a bad thing. Every now and then I like to break off and read something waaaay off my radar, though so far the need has not consumed me. Last month, I requested a bunch of books on NetGalley. It’s not like this is anything new; I put in, they reject me, I move on with my life. What makes last month different, however was that I wasn’t rejected. Okay, okay, the first two I put in for turned me down. Quickly, even. But then I got one. And another. And another. By the time I figured out I’d probably put in for a little more than I could handle at once, I already had them.

But, so life goes. It was a rough couple weeks. Lost one friend and a job. I’ve also been busy planting and preparing for the summer. Trying out some apple trees that I had to rush to get in the ground on time. I also contribute content to the occasional outdoor site, but this year it may be more. We’ll see, I guess.

In book news, hopefully I’ll have a review of Lost Gods and Ravencry up soon. Lost Gods was okay, but Ravencry definitely the better of the two. Not sure I liked it as much as the first one, though.

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