Recap: April 2015

Well, darnit, there goes another lunar cycle!

Looking back on what I got done in April, it occurs to me that I haven’t posted any reviews this month! On the other hand, April has been the month of Max Gladstone around here, as I’ve gotten most of the way through another Craft Sequence readalong. I’ve also got some other goodies to keep things ticking along, so let’s recap!

As I mentioned above, there’s the Two Serpents Rise Read Along, now coming up up on its final week. Check out the first three weeks, and my thoughts thus far:

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3

… And if that’s not enough Read Along goodness for you, or if perhaps you’d like to join for something a bit different, our merry band recently announced a Kushiel’s Dart Read Along! There’s also some info at that link regarding our Goodreads group – feel free to join us there too!

Spotlights

I had a nice little trio of these in between all the readalonging I got done this month! If you missed them, let’s revisit…

Unexpected Rain by Jason LaPier

We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk

Hero Born by Andy Livingstone

And lest I forget, I got to kick April off with a convention! Way back in the first weekend of this month, I attended DysprosiumCon (aka Eastercon) in London. Here are some of my highlights!

Stuff I Read

As for my success with reading this month, I’ve had a bit of a mixed-bag of results. Some fantastic, down to a couple of regrettable Did-Not-Finish scenarios (Howl’s Moving Castle, which saddens me but at least I still have the movie, and Diana Gabaldon’s Voyager, AKA Outlander #3).

But! Let’s touch upon the fantastic results, shall we?

I finally finished Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy! Assassin’s Quest was the first book I finished in April, and it brought to a close one of the most immersive epics I’ve read yet. FitzChivalry and company will be a cast of characters I’m not likely to forget in a hurry, and though my available rereading time is rare enough to be precious these days, I like to think I’ll go back to their world eventually. Until then, I do still have the rest of Hobb’s books!

The March/April issue of Uncanny Magazine has, as I’m coming to expect, some excellent stories featured. My favourites in this issue were “In the House of the Seven Librarians” by Ellen Klages, “When the Circus Lights Down” by Sarah Pinsker, and “Dr. Polingyouma’s Machine” by Emily Devenport. All different, all entirely memorable and thought-provoking. Special mention, though, must go squarely to “You Are Two Point Three Meters From Your Destination” by Fran Wilde – the story of Orpheus, retold by way of GPS directions. Yes, really. Go and read it.

… Have you read it yet?

Saga Vol 1

Squee of the Month Award for my April reads goes to Saga: Volume One. WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ THIS?! Also, OMG I NEED VOLUME TWO YESTERDAY.

I will probably review this properly once I’ve caught up on the published volumes so far, because I feel like it deserves more than just excited fangirl flailing, but for now *ALL THE EXCITED FANGIRL FLAILING*

Ahem. Well. I think I’ll leave it there for now. Do stay tuned, though, for I plan to get back down to reviewing business very soon! Got my first review planned for early next week. It’s gonna be good, you guys…

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