Malinda Lo, Inheritance. Little, Brown & Co, 2013.
An excellent YA novel which I discussed very recently at Tor.com.
Joshua Palmatier, Shattering the Ley. DAW, 2014. ARC courtesy of the publisher.
A not particularly engrossing novel, a review of which I have submitted to Tor.com.
Seanan McGuire, The Winter Long. DAW, 2014. ARC courtesy of the publisher.
The next installment in McGuire’s ongoing Toby Daye series, in which Toby learns Awful Truths about her family history and has confrontations with villains old and new. Fun, but not as gripping as I was expecting.
Tobias Buckell, Hurricane Fever. Tor, 2014. E-ARC via Netgalley.
Buckell writes a tight, fast-paced near-future thriller. Hurricane Fever is tighter than Arctic Rising (although I liked Rising‘s protag more), and very hard to put down. The climax sneaks into James Bond territory – which is fun. I really enjoyed it, and I hope Buckell writes more in this vein.
Mike Carey, Linda Carey, and Louise Carey, The House of War and Witness. Gollancz, 2014. Copy courtesy of the publisher.
Read for review for Strange Horizons.
Mike Carey, Linda Carey, and Louise Carey, The City of Silk and Steel. Gollancz, 2013.
The House of War and Witness was the kind of good that finally overcame my reluctance to read this book, which had languished on my shelves for a year while I debated with myself over whether or not I had the patience to read a novel that could have been as problematic as some of the promo for this one made it sound.
Well, folks: The City of Silk and Steel is not at all the book I feared it would be. It is, instead, a brilliant story, a story about stories, about justice and hope, friendship and love between women. It is graceful and accomplished and in many ways one of the kinder novels I’ve read in the SFF genre. It’s a marvelous book, and I can now recommend it highly.
I read “The City of Silk and Steel” as “The Steel Seraglio,” and was very impressed by it. From the description I figured it was going to be one of those books that could go either way, either really good or really bad. Happily it was on the good side of the scale. And it got way too little hype, IMO. Glad to know you enjoyed it!
Yes. It did seem to sink without making too many ripples, didn’t it? It’s a damn good book, though.
“while I debated with myself over whether or not I had the patience to read a novel that could have been as problematic as some of the promo for this one made it sound.”
Don’t you just love it when the promos try to convince you _not_ to read something?
It is indeed a loveable state of affairs. Not.