Dec. 31st, 2013

alithea: (Books)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Okay, so I'll confess that I did enjoy this, although the pacing was rather slow and then everything happening at once, and the heroine was annoyingly wet and too perfect to live. I was very amused by how every single person we met turned out to be connected to the plot - Dickens really didn't believe in coincidences, did he?

Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch. This very British urban fantasy mystery series continues to be entertaining, this one even featured magic pottery which amused me, especially as the area I grew up in got a name check :)

Local Custom by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller. Having devoured all but the most recent Vorkosigan book, I've moved on to the next SF adventure romance series I was recommended by people around here. Of course, the problem with that is comparisons are a little hard to avoid and while I enjoyed this, my favourite character wasn't central to the story and the main romance didn't capture me like Cordelia and Aral did. A good solid introduction though.

Scout's Progress by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller. Ah now, this is more like it - Daav as a central character and more plot. Really enjoyed this, will be ordering the sequel.

Runaways: Dead Wrong by Terry Moore & (artist). Hmmm, Runaways has never returned to the heights of its first
couple of runs, I still miss Gert :( I know TM can write good interpersonal relationships but this has too much crammed into it to let them shine and I don't like the new art work.

Caprice and Rondo (House of Niccolo Book 7) by Dorothy Dunnett. The revelations are building, am torn between being desperate to read Gemini and wanting to wait because once it's done there is no more (canon) Niccolo...

Mouse and Dragon by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller. I did enjoy this but I can understand why people coming to it having already read the books either side felt a little disappointed, it jumps in time rather randomly and the last section definitely feels like filler and set up for later stories.

A Conflict of Honors by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller. I was very relieved to thoroughly enjoy this despite the fact we have now skipped to the next generation. More lovely character driven storytelling plus a good bit of action and adventure and I enjoyed seeing more of the varied cultures in the Liaden universe for the first time.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. It's amazing how much emotion you can convey with simple B&W drawings and captions - a moving memoir about growing up in Iran and the real people behind the veils. This is exactly why I have no time for people who think comics aren't proper literature.

The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliffe. I can't remember if I read this as a kid or not, I certainly read a bunch of her books, but either way, we picked up a lovely Folio edition in our local Oxfam bookshop the other week and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Agent of Change by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller.

Carpe Diem by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller.

Plan B by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller.

I Dare by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller. The fact I read all 4 of the books in this story arc in quick succession probably tells you all you need to know about how good these are. If you are a fan of space adventure novels with romance, great characters, engaging world building and gripping plots, and you haven't read these already, you are in for a treat!

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie.

A Curse for Gracie Daylittle by Amber Fisher.

Crystal Soldier by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller.

Crystal Dragon by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller.

The Balance of Trade by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller.

Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers.

Fledging by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller.

Saltation by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller.

Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller.

Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie.

Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie. Clever, well-written and engaging, but when it comes down to it, I prefer my fantasy a little less bleak.

Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer. Marvellous fun, thoroughly enjoyable.

Gemini (House of Niccolo book 8) by Dorothy Dunnett. Utterly brilliant, see more in this post on my journal.

The Lies of Locke Lamorra by Scott Lynch. Thoroughly enjoyable fantasy. A little graphic for some in places I suspect but much more satisfying than the 3rd Law Trilogy. My only niggle is it could have done with a couple more female characters really.

Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold. Marvellous fun, I laughed out loud a good few times.

Dragon ship by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller. The problem with this is that it's a Theo Waitley book when what I want is another main Korval plotline book. So enjoyable but frustrating!

The Wind Through the Keyhole (Dark Tower) by Stephen King. Another Dark Tower book that fits between 4 and 5 and is Roland telling more tales from his younger life. High hopes for this because 4 and 5 are my favourite of the previous volumes. Actually more like two novellas but good anyway.

Heavy Ice by Ankaret Wells. A Requite novel set 200 years after the original ones. The Founders find Requite again and neither of them will ever be the same again - great stuff, see the longer review in a separate post.

The Maker's Mask by Ankaret Wells. Re-read as I was suffering Requite withdrawal after running out of Heavy Ice to read!

The Hawkwood War by Ankaret Wells. Re-read as above.

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