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.
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!
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.
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
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.