Author Archives: readerofelse

About readerofelse

A student of a redundant, useless and thoroughly interesting subject and reader of many books, particularly fantasy, science fiction and plenty else besides.

Planetfall – Emma Newman

I’m catching up on something of a blogging backlog, so we’re still well into books I read in early July. Specifically in this case, the one I read for the July book club meeting… in the first week of July. … Continue reading

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The Collapsing Empire – John Scalzi

This was a welcome relief. It wasn’t anything special and I won’t remember it in a year, but it didn’t make me angry and that will do. It’s not the most stunning end to the Hugo nominees for the year, … Continue reading

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New York 2140 – Kim Stanley Robinson

And in contrast to my last book, this one was shit. I went into the Hugos slightly worried that I’d already read all the good ones (a lot of Nebula crossover plus authors I’d sought out anyway) and this… not … Continue reading

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Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie

Well this was amazing. I forget how brilliant good books can feel, when I’ve spent too long reading mediocre things. And this is more than just good. It wouldn’t surprise me if it ended up being the best book I … Continue reading

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Mirror the Mountain – Emma Ríos, Hwei Lim

And on from Nod, I wanted to go onto something fairly quick, to get back some of the momentum I lost on it and The Book of Joan (which I’ve not finished and may well come back to shortly, we’ll see), neither … Continue reading

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Nod – Adrian Barnes

A brief digression from the Hugos for one of the two books recently lent to me by friends. The other – The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch – I have somewhat bounced off. It wasn’t bad enough to be worth angry … Continue reading

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Jade City – Fonda Lee

Edited to add: I wrote nearly all of this post over a week ago, before the Nebula results were announced. You’ll have to take it on trust that my prediction is honestly what I wrote back then. I’ve finished the … Continue reading

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