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What I'm Reading

I try to keep up with a weekly book and a handful of monthly magazines. With a day job, 50 hours set aside each week for writing, ultra-marathon training, and general life to handle (I guess my pets need to eat and go for walks and stuff), this can be a challenge! So to help keep myself accountable, I thought I'd start sharing what I've been reading every other week or so here on the blog.


Just finished:

THE POPPY WAR by R. F. Kuang

I'm not usually one for military fiction, but I can see why this book has been at the top of everyone's list since its debut! This book sucked me in from page one, led me through a gripping historical fantasy, and then completely wrecked me at the end. I can't wait for the next book in the trilogy.


SEVEN BLADES IN BLACK by Sam Sykes

I do so love a good mage-battle dark fantasy, and this did not disappoint. In fact, it was SO undisappointing that instead of reading it responsibly an hour or so at a time, I devoured the entirety of it in one weekend. I haven't loved a book this much since THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA, and that is saying something (because I really fucking love LOCKE LAMORA). Happily, this book is also the first in a trilogy, so I have more mayhem and cacaphony to look forward to.


And speaking of Scott Lynch, I just finished his novella, IN THE STACKS, last week. It was a lot of fun!


Up next:

THE FIRST OF SHADOWS by Deck Matthews

How do you kill a shadow?
As a raging storm descends on the Blasted Coast, the crippled young rigger, Caleb Rusk, meets a stranger on the road. Little does he know that the encounter will pull him into a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear—and change the course of his life forever.
Meanwhile, in the Capital of Taralius, a string of inexplicable deaths have captured the attention of the Ember Throne. Second Corporal Avendor Tarcoth is tasked with uncovering the truth behind a danger that could threaten the very fabric of the Realm.

Oooh I do love some good realm-tearing! Looking forward to cracking this one open.


MAGAZINES:

Clarkesworld:

There are some wonderful new stories in this month's Clarkesworld, and my particular favorite is "The Sun From Both Sides" by R.S.A. Garcia


The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction:

I have only just gotten to this and haven't had a chance to read much (see the above SEVEN BLADES binge), but I'm really looking forward to "Apocalypse Considered Through a Helix of Semiprecious Foods and Recipes" by Tobias S. Buckell and "Thirty-Three Wicked Daughters" by Kelly Barnhill.


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