There are beginnings, several middles and an awesome ending to what I read this month. Let’s look back at June’s goodies!
The Tropic of Serpents (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #2)
The Voyage of the Basilisk (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #3)
Whispers Under Ground (Rivers of London #3)
SF/F Read Alongs
Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1)
Geek Actually is the latest serial from Serial Box Publishing, and it’s no secret by now that whatever they do, I will be interested in. More often than not, though, I will be seriously nerdy for it – and Geek Actually is shaping up well to be added to my list! It reads like Sex and the City for geek women, focusing pretty heavily on relationships and career goals of various flavours – and all the trials and tribulations that come with them. Publishing, gaming, cosplay, movies – it’s all under the microscope here, and it seems pretty set on not shying away from the troublesome aspects of being a woman in these fields. Consider me sold!
Tyrant’s Throne by Sebastien de Castell – The final volume in the Greatcoats series was one my most anticipated books of this year, and it absolutely did not disappoint. I was sad to say goodbye to these fellows, but their send-off was as fitting as could be, and my last visit to Tristia (for now??) was everything I wanted it to be. Wild, nerve-wracking, heartbreaking and full of twists and turns that kept me hooked. For any debut series to achieve this reaction from a reader just once means it’s doing good things. For every book in the series to do it, and do it repeatedly – well. It’s hard to ask for much more! I don’t know if we’ll ever see Falcio, Kest, Brasti and the others again, but my heart wants to. Oh, how it wants to.
Shattered Minds by Laura Lam – The second Pacifica novel was another one I’d been looking forward to all year, after last year’s False Hearts claimed its place as one of my year’s best reads. These dystopian SF thrillers are a gutsy, ambitious exercise in mixing up genre flavours and seeing what happens, and Laura Lam is most certainly pulling it off. Shattered Minds is largely a darker story than its predecessor (Frankenstein-esque serial killers and corporate psychopaths, OMFG), but both the journey and the payoff are thoroughly worthwhile. (I love Dax, he is a cinnamon roll and I want to keep him.) So, yeah. If you like your SF thoroughly modern and unafraid to Go There, but also capable of Coming Back Again, the Pacifica novels should definitely be on your list.
An Unnatural Vice by KJ Charles – Look, if you don’t read queer romance (with plenty of shameless sex) and you aren’t into Victorian London settings or the truth about psychics or stories that portray real people in all their complicated, unpolished glory, you are probably not going to like this book (or the series, of which it’s the second entry). However, if – like me – this does appeal to you either in whole or in part, then you will likely enjoy this one. I’ve quickly latched onto KJ Charles as a go-to writer for my queer erotica, and I can’t consume these books fast enough. (Literally – book 3 is on my pre-order list and WHY CAN’T I HAVE IT NOW.) And there are multiple series to explore and enjoy! It’s like sexy Christmas. Get shopping.