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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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I'm giving myself amnesty for everything between when I last posted and last week. If you're really interested, friend me on goodreads (because I've mostly kept up to date on what I read there).

Read: I spent the early part of January starting and stopping books, both new books and rereads. Out of desperation, I went to Goodreads for inspiration, and was reminded that I hadn't read the last Laundry Files because it was more than I like to pay for ebooks, and I for some reason I didn't grab the library's copy. I like Stross's shift to Mo in The Annihilation Score, though her life in government service was very spot on (including the issue of developing uniforms, though that is more from a friend than my experience).

From there, I decided to try Seanan McGuire's Indexing stories. Pacing is weird (I assume due to it being released in bits by Kindle Serial), but I found it fun.

Reading: Random trawling through Amazon recommendations brought me to Jo Graham's Black Ships, a retelling of Aeneid. Readable so far, and I'm curious to see how it goes. I'm debating if I should follow it up with Le Guin's Lavinia, or if reading two versions back to back would be distracting.

To Read: Either the previously mentioned, or Marguerite Reed's Archangel. Unless someone recommends something else.
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Read: I did put down the previous book and read N. K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season. With the two days of road tripping and social obligations when I got to New Jersey, I could only read in small bits. I was eager to fly home, partially so I'd finally have a block of time to read.

And I loved it. Someone wrote me geologic fantasy! (With only one bit of example of messing up terminology in a way that annoyed me). I told Graydown that she has to drop whatever she is reading so I have someone to burble at. Rocks!

Reading: Back to Phoenix in Flight.

To Read: I worry that I'm not excited enough to get through a five book space opera, and might drop it for a fluffy romance.
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Read: Finished The Price of Valour over the weekend. I'm torn on how I feel about how much he followed the French revolution. On one hand, I hate how it has become the short hand for terror the mobs (because it isn't the only example you can pull from in history), but I like how he handles the Napoleon counterpart. I do love Winter, though half her problems come from sleeping with her subordinate.

Reading: I'm to exciting part of Phoenix in Flight. But the latest by N.K. Jemison (The Fifth Season) downloaded last night, so I think I might put the reread on hold to read the exciting new thing

Up Next: Back to the Exordium books.
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Read: Last week, my leaving the office conversation with coworker A included a discussion of local bookstores versus the ease of buying ebooks. Somehow she mentioned Django Wexler as an author worth buying immediately when I new book came out. I've been curious about his books since I was on an anime panel with him and he said intelligent things. As I didn't have anything else lined up to read, I bought his The Thousand Names on the ride home (we live in the future). I moderately enjoyed it and its sequel, but I love the character Winter. I wish I could articulate why (though the scene when she declares that she would never mock a farce again for having contrived circumstances as she lets her superior officer think that she is a man pretending to be a woman rather than letting him know that she really is a man is awesome).

Reading: And I'm into book three, The Price of Valour. Still loving Winter, mostly enjoying the book. Based on the foreword, I fear that there are two more books in the series that are not released yet.

Next: Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge released book five of the revised Exordium series (the final book). I read the original versions of the books a while ago (I have vague memories of it reading them in the bed corner of my studio apartment), but I've been holding off on reading the revised books until I could read them all in one go. So fun space opera next!
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This seems like a delightful meme, so I shall try it (hey, I've actually managed to track most of my reading this year on Goodreads)

What are you reading?
I'm currently reading two books, one at home in the evening and one at work during my lunch hour. That's because my "bath" book is a physical book I checked out from the library, and I've gotten lazy about not taking anything but my nook to work.

My "bath" book is Marie Brennan's Midnight Never Comes. I'd been avoiding it because I thought I was bored with Elizabethan fairies. On the other hand, I've enjoyed her short stories when they've come up on my podcast feeds (I don't often read short stories, but they're perfect to me for listening to). Enjoying it enough that I'll check out the rest of the trilogy.

My lunch book is a reread of Octavia Butler's Dawn (Book 1 of Xenogenesis). It's a lot creepier of a book as an adult than it was a early teen. Somehow I missed all the slavery parallels the first time I read it. Still moving.

What did you recently finish reading?
Reread of Barbara Hambly's Witches of Wenshar (I love how she writes relationships) and Ursula Le Guin's The Birthday of the World. So I said two paragraphs ago how I don't enjoy short stories. Graydown prompted me to start reading the Tiptree winners, and then loaned me a copy of this collection with two winners in it. And either I've grown up more, or Le Guin has gotten even better a writing. Or both.

What do you think you’ll read next?
I requested the rest of Marie Brennan's novels from the library. I've got a few more Tiptree winners loaded on the nook, but I might save them for my trip. I might finish up the rest of the Xenogenesis books (I bought the all three on the cheap).

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