#TBRPile 📚 “I like to imagine there were more of us in the beginning. Not many, I suppose. But more than there are now.”
#TBRPile 📚 “There was once an inn that sat peacefully on the bank of the Thames at Radcot, a long day‘s walk from the source.”
I‘m so disappointed, y‘all - I wanted to enjoy this dark academia fantasy a lot more than I did. It just felt very unbalanced; a lot of time was spent in the characters‘ heads, some of the POVs were more developed (and so more interesting) than others, and very little time was spent on exposition so that I never had a grasp on the world it was set in or the magic system that existed within it. A generous so-so.
A dark, witty, lyrical and oddly life-affirming look at death, this charmed me at first but then lost me. Some people will love this, but I found that the story lost its way after 100 pages and dissolved into a lament about how shitty the modern world is. The author is a spoken word artist so possibly a story that‘s better on audio. Another book down for #AwesomeApril #readathon @Andrew65
First book down for #AwesomeApril 🥳 One of my favourite things about Brandon Sanderson is the original and meticulously thought-out magic systems he comes up with which have clearly defined rules that even the protagonist can‘t break. I loved the Rithmatic magic system 😘 but sadly it was the only thing I loved in this book. It wasn‘t that it was bad, just a bit meh and lacking the usual Sanderson depth of character and world building. @Andrew65
A day late to the party but the timing of the #awesomeapril #readathon is absolutely perfect! I have two weeks off with no plans 📚 bring on the books! My goals are to finish off the tagged, finish at least one of my Libby holds, and my #doublespin book, Magic For Liars. @Andrew65
#TBRPile 📚 “Although you may not recognise it, you are standing in Covent Garden […] the piazza in puris naturalibus, in its mid-eighteenth-century state, complete with cobblestones, dust and open drains.”
Hornblower, but in space! There‘s a big ship, mysterious aliens, sabotage, ambitious midshipmen and a whole lot of action as the Athens sails to the edges of the known galaxy. While I didn‘t really like the MC (despite being a Poor Orphan™️ she was amazingly instantly good at everything), the world building was beautifully done and there were enough twists and turns to keep me interested for 400 pages.
Thanks for the tag @RamsFan1963
1. More than I used to now that I‘ve realised that my English teachers mostly picked the boring ones 😂
2. I‘m slowly working my way through an audio book of A Tale of Two Cities - I was named after Lucie Manette!
As diverse, chaotic, and disorientating as Lagos itself, Lagoon never quite coalesces into one story. Instead it weaves together vignettes as an alien walks out of the water bringing change in her wake. Some welcome her, some fear her, and others seek to take advantage. There‘s a dazzling array of characters, human and not, making it more like a collection of folktales rather than a sci-fi. A unique and imaginative take on the first contact theme.
A fierce feminist East Asian inspired sci-fi that didn‘t live up to my expectations. The MC was shouty and judgemental rather than fierce, she seemed to hate the few other female characters in the story, and she was such a Mary Sue that I disliked her. Also, everything was so over the top that it was exhausting. However, the book did make some insightful points and I appreciated the diversity rep but that alone was not enough to redeem it.
It‘s arrived! Thank you so much @TheAromaofBooks I‘ve been wanting to read this so so long - it‘s going to go straight on my March TBR list.
A little late, but better than never!
1. Backwards! But never to stay for long 😂 I like the comforts of the present
2. Tagged! A historian gets accidentally trapped in plague-ridden England as a futuristic (ish) Oxford deals with an epidemic of its own. A chunky book but worth the read!
I loved this novella about a research expedition gone wrong from the perspective of a socially awkward ‘bot! Murderbot is my new spirit animal.
I know this isn‘t on your #nywd list @ozma.of.oz but I figured I should start at the beginning of the series! This was a lot of fun to read and made me nostalgic for Buffy and Supernatural and all those other shows I used to watch back in the 00s. Also, how do I get my own Aeslin mice???
Going home for the first time in two years and a houseful of family has meant I‘ve been a little MIA from Litsy these last three weeks. But I‘m heading back to Bangkok - a long journey and plenty of reading time!
All of these books from @ozma.of.oz look so good! I already have The Conductors, and the Chambers and Klune are both on my Xmas list. I just read (and LOVED) Middlegame so I'm excited to read more of Seanan McGuire. Also, that cover is giving me serious mid-00s urban fantasy nostalgia! #NYWD22 @monalyisha
#TBRPile 📚 “I will always remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard that my father had died.”
I really enjoyed this fifth mystery- it‘s slow and it‘s as much about Strike and Robin as it is about the 40 year old mystery they are investigating. I didn‘t guess the ending (although all the clues were there) and even though both detectives had a lot going on personally, the story never felt too much like a soap drama. A long but enjoyable read! #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks