35/ A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. Excellent scifi including technology and language and culture (so much language and culture). Loved it even more on the re-read.
36/ A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine. As good as the first part, in different ways. Still sci-fi focused on culture and language, and I want more.
37/ The Door into Sunset by Diane Duane. The weakest part of the Door Into series, leaving us hanging without a real end.
38/ The Riddle-Master of Hed by Patricia A. McKillip. Unconventional fantasy, reminded me of Earthsea. Glad I read it despite the oddly distanced storytelling.
39/ Heir of Sea and Fire by Patricia A. McKillip. Good second part of the series – unconventional, as it makes the first protagonist's fiancée the new protagonist.
40/ Harpist in the Wind by Patricia A. McKillip. Interesting conclusion to the trilogy. Not what I expected. Good stuff, and rewards attention to detail.
41/ The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold. Sadly, Bujold's Fantasy is not for me. I'll stick with the Vorkosigan saga.
42/ Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker. Not quite as good as the title, but decent. Roman military engineering fanfiction, in a good-ish way.
43/ Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews. More fantastical innkeeper stories. This time – intergalactic diplomacy edition. Enjoyable comfort read.
44/ One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews. The Innkeeper series with more of an ensemble cast. Not bad, but worse than the previous books, I'm probably going to stop reading here.
46/ The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow. Coming-of-age portal fantasy. Nice, but not my cup of tea.
47/ The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Basically Achilles fanfiction. A bit better than I make it sound but not *that* much better. Reading this so soon after War Music was not a good idea.
48/ Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer. Excellent YA about a friendly AI that really only wants to look at cat pictures (and help their friends).
50/ The March North by Graydon Saunders. Extraordinary start to an extraordinary series. I love it to pieces, as weird and unreadable as it is.
52/ A Succession of Bad Days by Graydon Saunders. "A fairy-tale lost in a civil engineering manual", literally. Amazing stuff, if you like civil engineering manuals in your fantasy.
53/ Safely You Deliver by Graydon Saunders. This one is pure worldbuilding, but three books into a series is a good place for that.
54/ Under One Banner by Graydon Saunders. A drop in quality, but still nice worldbuilding. Only worth it if you enjoy the series a lot.
55/ A Mist of Grit and Splinters by Graydon Saunders. The latest Commonweal book circles back to mil sci-fi. I still enjoy the book, but it's enjoyment in spite of most of the story.
56/ The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang. Asian-inspired genderfun fantasy. Not compelling to me, but not terrible either.
60/ The Innkeeper's Song by Peter S. Beagle. Reminded me of Princess Bride in places: very solid, always slightly unconventional fantasy, but failed to grip me. Still an enjoyable read, Beagle just can't disappoint.
62/ Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker. Short story collection - two or three really worked for me, and you can't ask more than that from a story collection.
63/ Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse. Urban fantasy, set on a reservation in post-collapse America. Follows all the genre tropes – not bad, just not good either.
65/ Way Station by Clifford D. Simak. Published in 1963, the story of Earth as one of many way stations in a galactic transport network, and also commentary on the Cold War. Aged well.
67/ Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling. Fantasy novel somewhere between "solid" and "excellent". Well-done apprenticeship-to-the-mysterious-spy story with vivid characters and a great world.
68/ Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor. St Mary masks as a history institute, but does time travel. Very fun popcorn read.
70/ With the Lightnings by David Drake. Navy swashbuckling, but in space, with a touch of Lord Peter Wimsey. Lots of fun, and only the first part of a long series.
71/ Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling. Great second book in the Nightrunner series, but with some serious yikes thrown in.
73/ Shadows Return by Lynn Flewelling. This is where I stop reading the Nightrunner series. The protagonists are kidnapped by NOT AT ALL ARABS who proceed to torture them for the rest of the book, until they escape.
74/ The Economy of Cities by Jane Jacobs. Excellent, classic book on how cities come to be, neatly paired with a small history of invention.
75/ Cathedral, Forge and Waterwheel by Frances Gies, Joseph Gies. The best history book I've ever read, going into dense detail about technology and inventions in the Middle Ages. I'm in love to the point of taking excessive notes.
76/ A Case of Possession by K.J. Charles. More gay magical Victorian mystery shenanigans – the charm of the first part has worn off a little, but still good as a comfort read.
78/ Cart and Cwidder by Diana Wynne Jones. Diana Wynne Jones just always delivers great family dynamics. Nice YA book.
79/ The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. What's there to say? The book is a giant pretentious nerd trap and I enjoy pretty much everything about it. Re-read.
81/ Vita Nostra by Marina Dyachenko. Excellent, dark book about a depressing magic college in Russia. Extremely strong on the vibes and worldbuilding; enough to forgive the sometimes rough translation.
82/ Das Jesus Video by Andreas Eschbach. Wannabe Dan Brown trash.
83/ The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. YA about teenagers forced to live in Faerie. Good setting, lame execution; predictable and flat.
84/ Running on Empty by Jonice Webb, Christine Musello. Despite its overly sweeping approach a decent, practical book for people with problems getting in touch with their emotions.
85/ Lord of the Silver Bow by David Gemmell. Excellent adventure story set just before the Trojan war.
86/ The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty. Djinn and more during the Napoleonic wars in Egypt. Very flat despite the interesting setting – plot devices getting pushed through exposition blocks on a great stage.
87/ The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz. Short, sweet queer sci-fi romance about a world where the last humanoid robots live out their life.
88/ Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. I like Andy Weir and the Martian as much as the next nerd, but please take away his dialogue writing rights. (The competency porn is great as always, though.)
89/ A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark. Steampunk with new living gods and everything, set in 1910s Egypt. Great worldbuilding, mediocre writing and story, overall an enjoyable read.
90/ The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells. She sure likes writing outsiders from human society – this time winged shapeshifters. Not as compelling as I had hoped.
91/ Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone. I love Gladstone in all his forms usually, but this wasn't it.
92/ Submitted for the Approval of the Midnight Pals by BitterKarella. First of the Kickstarter prints of the Midnight Society threads, sadly not very good to the point that reading them on Twitter is better.
@rixx Didn’t you publish that some months ago? My feed reader has the entry from the 5th September. (I want to read it, that’s why it’s still in there 😉)
@juli Yeah, I forgot to post the last three reviews to social media, but 11 more coming right up.
Also, the feed date is my read date, not my actual post date, cause I can't be bothered to track yet another date.
@daniel_bohrer Absolutely! Just somebody make him stick to his niche – my books in the past months included two authors I honestly like leaving their niche to terrible effect tbh
@rixx When the book was first published in 1998 pretty much nobody in Germany had even heard of Dan Brown...
@elzoido so? I don't mean to say that he literally ripped off Dan Brown, I meant that it's trash of the same variety, and not even good at that.
@rixx Just wanted to nitpick a bit. I read it 20 years ago and liked it then. But now, in my 40s, I totally get what you're saying. And please, please, please stay as far away as possible from the trash fire sequel "Der Jesus-Deal".
@daniel_bohrer (oh god)²
1: there was no time before Dan Brown, I refuse to believe
2: whyyy is there a movie
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