I’m going through the Lodestar nominees currently. I did just finish T. Kingfisher’s A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking which is currently winning all the awards. It was great fun and well-deserving of all the praise it is getting but I don’t have much to say about it for a review. Reminds me of Murderbot in that’s another set of stories which I really like but don’t actually have much to say about.
I’ve now moved on to Naomi Novik’s new series, a magical school setting but with a more brutal twist or rather an acknowledgement that magical schools in literature have a disproportionate fatality rate compared to your average high school.
I’m mindful that having a whole big heap of time to read EVERYTHING and yet somehow it is October already and the Hugo voting deadline is fast approaching! I don’t think I’ll get to read all the Lodestar finalists.
I’ve fallen behind on novellas. I’d been doing pretty well and then I stalled on The Empress of Salt and Fortune…oddly. I had it as an audiobook and just couldn’t get into it at all and had to keep restarting because my mind would wander and I’d realise I’d lost track of the story. Gave up on the audiobook and went to the ebook version and enjoyed it. Just not the right kind of pace for an audiobook for me I guess.