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Per [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll; books I have are bold, books I have are bolded, books I've read are italics. Authors I have or read other works by get the same treatment.

A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski
A Voice Out of Ramah by Lee Killough
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh

Don't Bite the Sun by Tanith Lee
Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Galactic Derelict by Andre Norton
Gate of Ivrel by C.J. Cherryh

Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle
Jirel of Joiry by C.L. Moore
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Female Man by Joanna Russ
The Many Colored Land by Julian May
The Next Continent by Issui Ogawa
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
Warm Worlds and Otherwise by James Tiptree, Jr.

So that's 12 I've read, and 11 I own. I would quibble on the chosen books for a couple of the authors (I'd pick Dawn over Kindred for Butler, and probably a different Cherryh), but it includes several of my recent favorites (Ancillary Justice and Ninefox Gambit) and several of my formative favorites (Dreamsnake, Snow Queen).
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Migraining today, so not enough energy to do the what I've been reading.. but I can do the 60 Essential SFF Reads meme

What I've read from renay's 60 Essential SFF Reads:

Bold = read, italics = read another book by the same author, strikeout = didn't finish

Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
Primary Inversion by Catherine Asaro
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop
Tithe by Holly Black

The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett
Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Synners by Pat Cadigan
Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Survival by Julie E. Czerneda
Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
King's Dragon by Kate Elliott
Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman
Slow River by Nicola Griffith
Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly
Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
The God Stalker Chronicles by P.C. Hodgell

Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff
God's War by Kameron Hurley
The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr
The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein
Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress
Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Ash by Malinda Lo
Warchild by Karin Lowachee

Legend by Marie Lu
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
The Thief's Gamble by Juliet E. McKenna
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

Diving into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The Female Man by Joanna Russ
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski
The Grass King's Concubine by Kari Sperring

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
City of Pearl by Karen Traviss
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree, Jr.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
Farthing by Jo Walton
The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
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Read: I finished Black Ships. I loved the setting, which made me poke around corners of wikipedia. Story was OK.

After that I started Marguerite Reed's Archangel. Which I should like, but just wasn't into at the time, so I picked up some fluff. We'll see if I get back to it.

Said fluff was books 1 and 2 of Lauren Esker's Shifter Agents series, Handcuffed to the Bear and Guard Wolf. The series consists of paranormal romance thrillers, with the heroes (so far, next it's the heroine) working for a federal agency that polices shifters (werewolves and the like). The shifters remind me of my high school World of Darkness days making up extreme were creatures (the heroine of the second book is a were-koala). Handcuffed to the Bear is what is says on the tin, with the hero (a werebear) and the heroine (a were-lynx) waking up naked and handcuffed together on an island being hunted by werelions. Guard Wolf involves the werebear's partner being handed a box of werewolf puppies and trying to find their family with a sexy werekoala social worker. Fluff. I'd recommend them if it sounds like your level of fluff.

Reading: Last night I ran out of stuff to read while traveling for work, and when looking for inspiration I was reminded off all the good reviews I've seen of Heather Rose Jones' Daughter of Mystery. I'm about 12 chapters in and loving it.

To Read: Probably the sequel, The Mystic Marriage. And then give another try to Archangel
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Read: Finished The Quartered Sea. I think it ends up the least good of the series, and I have issues with it that aren't worth bringing up on decade old book that nobody else has read.I followed it with The Traitor Baru Comorant. Which I adored while reading it, and am side-eyeing now. Partially because I kept seeing reviews that mentioned the romance, so I was not expecting how that romance ended. And then read reviews that brought up the tragic queer narrative, and I'm having trouble arguing with those reviews. And now that I'm finished with the book, I find the handling of the evil empire as very heavy handed.

After that, I started Naomi Novik's Uprooted. Again, I'm agreeing the reviews that it bogs down in the middle. In fact, I'm a couple of chapters from the ended, and still feel like I'm reading through the marsh. Which might be why I decided not to take the library book to work, and started reading a romance during my work breaks.

Which was The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. I impulse bought it after a review on Smart Bitches, and it is ridiculous. It roughly based on Prince William and Kate. I'm just trying not to judge myself for reading and enjoying it, OK?

Reading: See above.

Next Up: If I need more fluff, I've got one of the latest Zoe Chant novellas on the nook. Or my reservation on Nnedi Okorafor's Lagoon came in.
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Read: I learned while randomly bopping around Amazon that one of the romances that I'd heard good things about but wasn't willing to pay over $10 for (and my library hadn't picked up) was on sale. It was a close call, but the well done food porn and family feels of Sonali Dev's A Bollywood Affair was stronger than my dislike of the hero's fluctuating assholeness.

After that, I was in the mood to try another romance, so I read Jennifer Cruise's What the Lady Want. I did not enjoy it as much as I have some of her other books, at her worst she seems to at least be very readable. And some of the off notes might be the age of the book (about 20 years old).

Inspired by a post by YHLee, I pulled a favorite off the shelf, Tanya Huff's Sing the Four Quarter. In high school I thought of Huff as a budget Mercedes Lackey, and could line up every Huff series with an equivalent Lackey setting. With greater appreciation for certain things, I now find it the other way around, and would rather read a fluffy Huff (which this is) and adore her casual LGBT and polyamory.

Lawnchair left for Walnut Valley this morning, so I get to amuse myself. My spinning is currently halted by the loss of an end and I'm almost done with my current book, so I went down to the library to pick up what was on my hold shelf, including Volume 1 of Lumberjanes. As I was leaving the library, decided rather than sweat in my stuffy house, I'd rather just sit outside and read Lumberjanes. Which I did, enjoying the breezes and people watching. That was nice, and now I have to figure out how to get a hold of the rest of the series.

Reading: I skipped the two assassins books, and am currently reading Huff's The Quartered Sea. I'm about a chapter from finishing, so should be done this evening.

To Read: The other two books I picked up at the library are Naomi Novik's Uprooted (which was recommended the last time I had nothing to read), and Seth Dickinson's The Traitor Baru Cormorant.
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After several mostly headache free weeks, this has been one full of rebounds, usually hitting after work. Maybe I can sleep it off this nice long weekend.

Read: Summary for the last week and half is alternating exciting fast reads and slogging through the Exordium series. After putzing my way through and finishing The Phoenix in Flight, I started on the second book, but decided my dislike of the handling of Ozmi made me resentful enough to drop the series.

Instead I finished When a Scot Ties the Knot, Tessa Dare's cracky not at all accurate historical romance. And Friday, when I was cranky about sewing, I broke down and bought Bujold's self-published novella, Penric's Demon, which was just the fluff I needed to reset my mood. Tuesday was a good release day, with two books I was excited for. First up was Seanan McGuire's A Red-Rose Chain, the latest October Daye book. Nice quick popcorn urban fantasy.

Now, I've just finished Zen Cho's Sorcerer to the Crown. She's one of the few author's that I've searched out her short fiction, partially because I have a small fascination with Malaysia (due to last year's trip) and partially because I love her earnestly light tone. The romance aspect reminds me strongly of her The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo, but then again I love the romances in Barbara Hambly's books even if they're all very similar.

Next up: The problem with reading the books I like quickly is then I'm out of books. Maybe I should reread some Hambly?
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I didn't post last week because I really wasn't thrilled about anything I tried. I'd bounced off a romance, then the first of the two books I bought when they came out that Tuesday (Kate Elliott's Court of Five starts of with horrid infodumping). I enjoyed the other new book (Aliette de Bodard's House of Shattered Wings), but it wasn't thrilling me.

The excitement drought extended to today, when a review at Smart Bitches let me know that Tessa Dare had a new romance out. I'm four chapters in, amazed at the crazy plot, and plan to ignore the rest of the world and binge read tonight.
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I'm going to try this again

Finished in last week
For some reason, I decided to reread the entire October Daye series (by Seanan McGuire) before reading the newest one. I've been reading them as they come out (one a year) since book two. I started a week and half ago, and I just finished book 6, Ashes of Honor.

Currently
Still poking at 1587: a Year of No Significance. I'm not good at finishing nonfiction. It makes me want to rewatch Story of Saiunkoku on the theory that I understand Chinese court intrigue. Probably not.

Next
One more reread (Chimes at Midnight), and then the new October Daye book, The Winter Long.
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First, Book View Cafe is running a half off sale on their ebooks. Book View Cafe is a writer coop - a group of authors that got together to put their unpublished or older books out as ebooks. They include several of my childhood favorites including: Vonda McIntyre, Judith Tarr, Katherine Kerr and Ursula Le Guin. Also, they offer books in both mobi and epub without DRM.

Second, one of my favorite unfinished trilogies may not be unfinished forever. Melanie Rawn has stated that she will work on Captal's Tower after she finishes her current book. I'm trying not to be to invested in this, but I hope she writes like the wind.

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I feel so guilty that I've let this meme slip. But I was reading enough other posts... For once I don't have a list of new books to try - instead the theme is Barbara Hambly. Maybe I'll have to reread some of hers. Or finally try her Star Trek novel.

Currently Reading
Sarah Ash's Prisoner of the Iron Tower. It's book two in her Tears of Artamon trilogy. This is a reread. Tasty epic fantasy. It reminds me of the Ile Rein books by Martha Wells or Paula Volsky's books in being post Renaissance !Europe. A lot of angsty "I won't eat young women" drama from the main character, but does include a couple of good young women. And a crotchy old witch. I shall probably continue though to the duology set afterwards.

Recently Finished
Lord of Snow and Shadows is book one of the previously mentioned trilogy. I think I picked up this paperback on my grand backpacking trip, as the cover price is in pounds.

I mainlined all 23 volumes of Fruits Basket. So very sweet. Thankfully is no longer crazy popular, so the library's copies of volumes 21 and 22 were on the shelves, because for no good reason I own every volume except those two. It's pretty much the only manga I reread. I thought the parts about Tohru's parents was hard the first time I read it. Now they make ball.

I also read three Sector General books by James White. While the sexual politics is somewhat dated (these were three of the last books, so written post 1980), I like the scale of the conflicts; all the books are set on a inter species hospital. I think my favorite is the alien chef who just wants to improve hospital food, but keeps causing minor catastrophes. Eventually he saves a newly contacted species by showing vegetarian food can be tasty.
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Currently Reading
The Gate of the Gods by Martha Wells is book three of her Fall of Ile-Rein trilogy. I'd put off reading it for years because I remember starting it at one time and somehow being disappointed. I can't remember which book or why I was disappointed, so I'm glad I finally just started reading her back catalog, because I have yet to be disappointed again. This is a nice !Victorian cross dimension adventure (if it was newer or not so dependent on technomagic, one could almost call it steam punk).

Recently Read
The Wizard Hunters and The Ships of Air, also by Martha Wells and books 1 and 2 respectively of the Fall of Ile-Rein. Oh, so fun. I love Tremaine, the main character and identify with flipping between flaky poet and ruthless steamroller (not that I really am, just wish I was).

Apparently I didn't read much this week.

Next to Read
Same as last week.
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And it's Wednesday again. This will not be terribly in depth, as I've been headachy all day (enough that I emailed in sick this morning and napped most of the day).

What are you reading?
Nothing right now. Finished my last book a minute ago and about to go back to bed.

What did you just finish reading?
After highly enjoying her podcast Galatic Suburbia, I decided to try Tansy Rayner Roberts' Love and Romanpunk. Very enjoyable collection of short stories. Not deep, but a fun romp. I shall keep an eye open for her other books.

My favorite read this week was Nicola Griffth's Slow River. I'm also worried when a book touches on my area of specialty, but this is my favorite science fiction novel partially set in in a high tech sewage treatment plant (with a side of bioremediation). I was in the mood for more like Ammonite, and remembered that I had this on my "to read" shelf (which I don't actually use). Good choice.

Ilona Andrews' (actually, written by a couple named Ilona and Andrew) Steel's Edge was my light and fluffy read of the weekend. I can't handle their other series due to world building choices, but for romance fantasy, I like their Edge series. Someday I'll fully develop my rant about the continuum of urban fantasy, but this is of the type that gets its plotting from the romance end.

Karen Lords' Best of All Possible Worlds. Enjoyed. Plot seemed very random at time, but I enjoyed it, especially it realized that there is enough room in a planet for a variety of cultures.

And I finished Karen Healey's Shattered. Now I want to go to New Zealand. Sadly, I think Lawnchair will veto the idea with the fear that I would spend all my money on wool.

What are you going to read next?
I plan to start Judith Herrin's Women in Purple. After reading a good review in someone's Reading Wednesday (see, I'm keeping up this meme because it has really helped my reading list recently), I complained because the public library didn't have a copy and it wasn't cheap. Lawnchair helpfully asked if I'd checked the Uni library. They did have a copy, so he checked it out for me (and pointed out that if it was a subject that interested me there was plenty of other books on that subject shelved nearby).

Graydown loaned me Elizabeth Bear's Shoggoths in Bloom. I'm usually not a fan of short stories, but Bear is really good at them. Not sure what I'll start as my lunch book, but I've got a couple of unreads on the Nook.
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I should get back into the habit.

Currently reading - Karen Healey's Shattered is my current lunch book. I've had her friended on LJ for longer than she's been published, so I finally got around to reading her books (and friends have recommended her latest).

Recently Finished - I just finished Patricia Briggs' Frost Burned. While perfectly fine example of its subgenre, I really wish she'd return to non-urban fantasy stories. There aren't enough secondary world adventure fantasies with a strong romance sensibility.

Madeleine E. Robins' Spanish Marriage is an older historical romance. Which lead to a taste for historical romance,and a splurge of Courtney Milan (Unclaimed, Unraveled, The Duchess War, A Kiss for Midwinter, and The Governess Affair).

If I look back further, my reading included Karen Healey's other two books, Alma Alexander's Secrets of Jin-Shae (which I highly recommend to fans of Not!China and female friendship) and Elizabeth Bear's Shattered Pillars (I'm happy to note that she's turned the sequel into her publisher so I know the end of the trilogy is coming).

What next - Not sure. I picked up a couple of the newer Deryni books by Katherine Kurtz and three James White novels at the library book sale.
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Well, I missed several weeks of book tracking due to travel. Of course, I didn't finish many books, also due to travel.

Recently Finished
The Tiptree book I finished was Nicola Griffith's Ammonite. Again, I'm a sucker for anthropologist amongst aliens (or altered humans) books. Was actually a better story than I expected.

I also reread the first two Patricia Wrede/Caroline Stevermer Sorcery and Cecelia books. Fluffy books. I am reminded of a critique of Patricia Wrede that I recently read - she doesn't do world building as much as set books in genres. An issue she shares with many sci-fi/fantasy authors.

Currently Reading
Am on book three of the previously mentioned trilogy, The Mislaid Magician, for my lunch book.

My current bath book is Tom Reiss's The Black Count. Unusual for me, it's nonfiction. It's a biography of someone I first found by random wikipedia searching - Alexandre Dumas, the famous author's half African father. Alex Dumas was the son a French marquise and became a French revolutionary general (who got on the wrong side of Napoleon). Awesome fun (and makes me want to reread Hambly's Benjamin January series).

Future Books
Not sure. A couple of the urban fantasy series I follow have new books out last month. Or I just requested the latest Benjamin January book.
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Twice is good, right?

What are you reading?

Due to travel and snow storm, I decided to read ebooks next, so picked Marie Brennan's first series. I'm now on the second book, Witch. It feels very first bookish, with D&D level world building. Still, I sort of like it. I'm almost finished, so..

What did you recently finish reading?

Marie Brennan's Midnight Never Comes. I liked well enough that I picked up the next two books from the library, and her earlier books in ebook. I think it resolved a little to neatly, and.. maybe I was bored with Elizabethan faeries.

Afterwards, I picked up her book Warrior. The world building very much feels like someone's campaign setting. I do love the main characters though.

I put aside Dawn unfinished. Just not in the mood.

What do you think you’ll read next?
Maybe the next two Marie Brennan books. After last weekend's workshop, I'm really exciting about natural dyeing, and have several more books on my wishlist. Except I have a pile of fiber books already, sitting unread. Why can't I have a couple of weeks off work to catch up on crafts (OK. Because I want to use my vacation time traveling). And I might have raid Graydown's recently finished pile...
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I'm reading the third (technically fourth - because also read a sequel) "urban" fantasy this week about a teenage girl dealing with the deal of an agemate (twin sister, best friend and boyfriend) the year before. Now I need to convince Solan and Graydown to read the books they recommended to me and one that isn't up either of their alley (but maybe Aurora's) so I can discuss what they illuminate about each other and teenage experience. Also, all three authors currently live in Canada and only one is not set in Canada. A tricky person would put them all on a panel together.
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Note new icon. I chatter about books enough, I need a picture of my internet face (Lju) with a pile of books. Yes, that is food I tried to bribe her with.

Cut for length. Despite my addiction, I'm not terribly well read )
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Finished Bujold's latest today (I love the public library. When I discover a book out by a favorite author, I can check their catalog and reserve it without leaving my couch. I get an email when it is brought in, and go pick it up for free!).

Didn't know what to read afterwards (hair was dirty, need books to bathe). Decided to reread an old favorite, Price of the Stars. Is my favorite space opera. Will loan all three books of main trilogy to any one local who is interested.

So what's your favorite comfort read? You know, the book that you can just keep rereading? Might not be deep, but you know every scene.
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GTO (Great Teach Onizuka) vol 1-2 by Tohru Fujisawa - I am consuming Japanese teacher stories as I loved Gokusen. Strawberry Eggs was scary in its gender assumptions, GTO is a bit better. I still prefer Gokusen. The hornball male teacher difficult for me to be sympathetic to, compared to the female teacher falling for her male student (though I'm uncomfortable with the fact I'm OK with it).

Goblin Quest, Goblin Hero and Goblin War by Jim Hines - In the days after Gary Gygax death, there were a great many articles about how D&D changed lives. And several about how it created lots of fantasy drivel. Which it did. The Goblin series isn't drivel, but is a response to D&D from the point of view of the poor monsters (as is the great unrelated online comic Goblins).
It isn't a deep series, but it is a fun one.

The Outback Stars by Sandra McDonald - Finally, the book I wanted. Someone captured how it feels to be a female officer in the USN, and set it in the future. Difficult book for me to read, but worth it.

Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Wings to the Kingdom and Not Flesh Nor Feathers by Cherie Priest - Another urban fantasy series with a strong female character. However, for no good reason, it is shelved in the fiction section, which is why it took me a while to actually get to them. They have a very strong sense of place.

A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth Bunce - A YA retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin story. [livejournal.com profile] auroraceleste loaned it to me, as the author is somewhat local. I liked it. The main character is a believably strong woman. She's not stupid, just refuses outside help. It also fixes some of the troublesome bits of the original story.

Darkwar Trilogy (Doomstalker, Warlock, Ceremony) by Glen Cook - I'd read the first book years ago in my childhood library, and liked it. Years later I found a copy cheap, and bought it. But I'd never found the rest of the series. In comes Amazon Marketplace, and finally completeness. I still like the first book best, as I dislike how cold the main character gets in the later books. One interesting conceit is that the characters are all alien/nonhuman. You learn the society as the main character does.
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Most people who know me, know that I'm a little book crazy. Maybe not Read or Die level, but getting closer. I'm the type that always notices what book someone is reading, or scans shelves when I go over to someone's house (if they have them). And then there is my comfy reading/lunch spot on the fourth floor of the science library. Every time I leave, my eye is caught by two copies of a book. Nothing flashy, just a corn plant on the spine. It isn't even a book I've read, or plan to read. But I know my parents also have a copy of Crops in War and Peace: Agriculture Yearbook 1950-1951. And that makes me smile.

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