July is here! Let’s take a look back at what I read in June.
SF/F Read Alongs
The Read Along for Any Other Name, the second book in the Split Worlds series by Emma Newman, is now complete! You can check out my posts for it here. We are about to dive into the third book, All Is Fair, before the fourth book is released in August, and MY EXCITEMENT IS IMMENSE!
Not only that, but we at the reading group are gearing up for a return to a pair of highly enjoyable series, both kicking off again next week – first up is Late Eclipses (October Daye #4), followed by The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3)! You can find schedule info (and even still join us!) on Goodreads at the links.
My quest to read this series livetweet-style continues, and is getting more enthusiastic every week! As I write this, the final chapters of Book 2, Throne of Jade, are looming. You can check out my reviews for Parts 1, 2 and 3 at the dedicated Temeraire page.
You can, if you’re interested, also check out my schedule for Book 3, Black Powder War!
This historical/romance serial from Serial Box Publishing is on its mid-season hiatus right now, but I read/yelled/flailed my way up to episode 5 this month, and I am eagerly awaiting its return! You can read my episode reviews here.
What I’ve Been Reading
No full book reviews this month, but I did get some interesting books read!
The Geek Feminist Revolution, for those who might be living under a social media rock and therefore have not heard of it, is a collection of essays by Kameron Hurley. As the book’s title might suggest (and the author’s reputation certainly backs up), this book is not exactly for fans of the patriarchal genre status quo. The essays here tackle the subjects of feminism, geek culture, and Hurley’s own experiences as a writer of SF/F, and they all showcase the passion (sometimes the anger), the sharp insight and the unapologetic honesty that anyone who’s familiar with this writer will recognise and expect. These essays hit emotional home for me time and again, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. EMBRACE THE LLAMA.
The Midnight Sea is the second novel by Kat Ross, and the first in a new fantasy series (The Fourth Element). I received a review copy of this book, and I would thoroughly recommend it to fans of non-Western fantasy worlds. It’s got daevas (very similar to djinn), necromancy, elemental magic, the threat of war, and a young female protagonist consumed by grief and out for bloody revenge who discovers that the enslaved daevas aren’t quite the threat she imagined… This is a solidly written and very fascinating story, heavy enough on action (and the consequences of it) as well as romance to satisfy me. I would definitely recommend this book.
Forest of Memory is Mary Robinette Kowal’s latest novella, published by Tor.com. It’s a very thought-provoking story, even if the SF-ish worldbuilding details tripped me up a time or two along the way – though I will readily admit that this could just have been me having a slow-brain day. Those details were nonetheless fascinating, once I’d gotten to grips with them. I think of this story as Snow White and the Huntsman crossed with a social commentary on over-reliance on technology, and the dangers of letting it do our thinking for us. If that sounds really weird but you’re into it anyway (as I am), then definitely give this a try.
So that’s it for June! I am so excited for July, you guys. It’s going to be awesome. Let’s get cracking on, shall we?