beniowa

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  1. No, it wasn't me. I haven't read that one.
  2. Definitely agree with these. And of course there's also Jemisin's The Stone Sky. Some will probably nominate the book separately, but I'm trying to decide to nominate the whole trilogy for Best Series. Some new and newish authors I think deserve to be looked at: The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden Amberlough, Lara Elene Donnelly Above the Timberline, Gregory Manchess Amatka, Karin Tidbeck For Novellas I like: In Calabria, Peter Beagle River of Teeth and A Taste of Marrow, Sarah Gailey Passing Strange, Ellen Klages The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne Valente The Black Tide of Heaven and The Red Threads of Fortune, J.Y. Yang
  3. Hey! Whoa, been a long time since I posted on this board. Yeah, we need to start talking about the Hugos soon. Maybe we should start a new thread? Yeah, I think we will be nominating and voting on a YA award this year, though I don't think there's a name for it yet. I have to admit that I forgot about it! I'm afraid I'm a bit lite on the short stories myself as I've mainly been reading older stories. I do have a bunch of novellas for the list, mostly from Tor.com.
  4. I'm planning to be there!
  5. Finished both Within the Sanctuary of Wings and Waking Gods. Both were good and satisfying sequels and/or conclusions to their respective series. About to take the plunge into Seven Surrenders and The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories.
  6. eta: Oops, wrong thread.
  7. Put me down as another who couldn't get into The Acts of Caine. I made it thought Heroes Die, but it did nothing for me and I have no interest in the rest of the series. I finished The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. This is a character-driven space opera, light on plot, but heavy on character relationships, especially between humans and aliens. Chambers did a good job making the aliens alien, but also relatable. While reading I kept thinking that this book is extremely cute. Almost unbearably really. Nice, feel-good fiction has its place, but I don't have any interest in reading the sequel. Also read A Taste of Honey. This is set in the same world as Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, but sometime later with different characters. This is a much richer and complex work in both story and worldbuilding. A definite improvement on Wildeeps. That being said, it's clear to me that something about the author's style just doesn't grab me. Oh well. Next up will be Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan.
  8. Finished The Tiger and the Wolf. Pretty good start to an interesting new series. Loved the UK cover and was intrigued by Tchaikovsky's take on shape-shifting. One question about Asmander's Champion form: After that I picked up The Weight of the World by Tom Toner, sequel to The Promise of the Child, which I quite liked. Got about 50 pages into it before I started skimming. I did get through it, but didn't fully read of it. Just not in the mood I guess. May have to come back to it at some point. Next up is The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and A Taste of Honey for my Hugo reading.
  9. I see several people answered already. But yeah, I remember reading in Locus that he sold a third book so there's at least one more.
  10. Finished Luna: Wolf Moon, which was a great read. It did feel a little scatter-brained, but on the whole I loved it almost as much as Luna: New Moon. Finally finished the print edition of season one of the serial, Bookburners. It was fairly decent. Of the writers, the only one I had read before was Gladstone. Despite having four different authors, the writing was surprisingly consistent. It was a lot like a TV show, with each short story as a stand-alone episode. It worked pretty well this way until three-fourths of the way through there's a twist that changes the tone. Still not sure how I feel about that. Also felt like it lacked complexity and/or worldbuilding. Also read Gaiman's new Norse Mythology. It was good, but...I don't know, being Gaiman, I guess I was expecting more. Instead it read like every other tale of Norse mythology I've ever read. Started to read The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich, but got bored so I put it aside. I may pick up Tchaikovsky's The Tiger and the Wolf instead.
  11. Provenance by Ann Leckie.
  12. Yep, enjoyed this one quite a bit. I found it more impressive than Too Like the Lightning since Amberlough is more consistent in writing, tone, and characterization. If I had any complaint it's that the conservative power grab was only shown in bits and pieces through the characters when I might have preferred a little bit more of the bigger picture. The plot is self-contained, but there's material here for sequels and I hope there are more. Finished a few other books since then including Wild Cards 16, New York 2140, and Cold Counsel by Chris Sharp. Four more! Started it last night.
  13. The Broken Heavens by Kameron Hurley.
  14. Finished Twelve Kings in Sharakhai. I tried Beaulieu's debut novel, The Winds of Khalakovo, some time back, but couldn't get into. I did finish this book, though I'm not sure how I feel about it. Parts of it were quite good, while others frustrating with bits of plotting and characterization feeling somewhat convenient. I'm not sure if I'll ever read the sequel. Still reading Bookburners, albeit slowly. Been doing it mostly on my days off. About to start Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly.and The Line Between by Peter S. Beagle.
  15. Finished Too Like the Lightning. It's easy to see why this is getting so much praise. It's a very impressive debut novel with incredible world-building and chock-full of philosophy, political science, and sociology. That being said I did feel it was a little full of itself. That the author was trying a little too hard to show her knowledge and cleverness. It's an odd book, which worked for me for the most part so I will be checking out the next one. Now reading Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P. Beaulieu. I'm planning to read The Tiger and the Wolf in the next month or so.