What I’m Reading Update

My odd approach to reading Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series came to an end when Book 9 wasn’t available in audiobook format. Book 7 was at least a kind of finishing point with a major change in the faerie politics of San Francisco by the end of it. So four books of the series read (1,3,5 & 7) and it was diverting for me but not compelling reading. They suffered, ironically, from comparison with the works of rival author Seanan McGuire who covers similar themes in more complex ways 😉

For dessert, I read (or audiobooked) Fugitive Telemetry, the more recent Murderbot story in which everybody’s favourite cyborg construct gets to play detective. Nice: a short review — it’s a Murderbot story and if you like Murderbot you’ll like it.

Currently on to novellas and Sarah Gailey’s Upright Women Wanted, a dystopian future Western. Entertaining.

In other news, it is raining.


15 responses to “What I’m Reading Update”

      • I have a pile of library books and I HATE having to return them unread so they come first. Plus several books to research for a current project. Perhaps in a couple of months when that’s all done.

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    • I love Murderbot but yes, in a sense you aren’t missing out on something. In many ways the stories are generic space-action adventure but the central character is so engaging and at odds with their role that I just gobble up these stories.

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    • Murderbot is great. Most of them are also novellas, so trying the first one is no big commitment. And the stories are pretty self-contained.

      In other news I just finished Project Hail Mary by Weir and liked it. It’s a lot of Martian, but with nice surprises.

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      • Well, the first four each have one self-contained story and one part of a much bigger arc that also concludes in 4. I liked Murderbot 1 (All Systems Red) okay, and 2 a bit better, but it was the cumulative effect of the first four together that catapulted it from “Fun-with-a-little-depth reads by an author I already like” into “MUST read” territory (And frankly, Fugitive Telemetry, while enjoyable, is closer to my reaction to books one and two solo than to the series as a while.)

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  1. I really enjoyed “Fugitive Telemetry” – most recently I just finished “A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking” which I enjoyed.

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  2. I mean, reading any series piecemeal is going to result in its themes being carried through less than effectively, even if you can do it.

    I suspect next year Wayward Children will hit enough words to merit Best Series consideration, so InCryptid won’t get a nomination, but if it does, I recommend a more cohesive reading style than odd numbered books, so that you can judge them better – conveniently, InCryptid actually is in explicit arcs of short fiction and long fiction, so you can basically skip entire arcs without issue and still get an idea about the series. (I’d recommend Books 1-2, 3-4, the Jonathan/Fran short stories, and the antimony short stories as a way to get an idea of the series, which therefore allows you to skip 6 books if you want to)

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    • The Problem next year is that McGuire willhave 3 eligible series next year. If she has the numbers to get more than one on the ballot is another question. (The last one is Ghost Road, which is conected to InCryptid and a trilogy, not counting short storys that with McGuire may exist)

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    • I found Incryptid #2 unsatisfying despite some of the funny bits. Half the book builds up to the coming of the cryptid hating Covenants as the Worst Thing Ever and what do we get? Three unremarkable people with guns. Even against ordinary humans that’s not much of a threat.

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  3. Just finished a reread of the Goblin Emperor after a first read of Witness for the Dead, both of which are solid worthy books. Now I am starting a reread of Ancillary Justice (Since last time, and the only time, I read the trilogy I read Sword first, as I was doing Hugo reading), and the next not-reread in the queue is The Relentless Moon.

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