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4170 Look, DADOES is on the list too.
Nov 01, 2014 09:16PM

4170 All the McKillip books with the Kinuko Craft covers are gorgeous! But I think Alphabet of Thorn is one of the best of her recent books. Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip
4170 I'll agree with the author on Reforged Weapons (aren't they more likely to break?) and Race-Specific Weapons (lazy characterization). The ultra-sharp knife isn't one I've really run into as much as some of the others.
4170 I've read it a couple times over the past decades (and seen one or two tv versions). Like Ben, Dispossessed is my favorite, but LoH has some haunting scenes that stick with me...like a certain Beatles tune.
Oct 26, 2014 10:29AM

4170 I really enjoyed Ancillary Sword. It picks up shortly after the first book left off, then moves off to a new direction.

I also read A Darkling Sea, not quite as good but the underwater aliens were well done.
4170 I thought it was interesting that the magical maguffin, the Book of Days, turned out to be a trap; while it was the human made Tin Sari that allowed Alif to take down the villain.
And ultimately the villain failed and Alif succeeded due to resistance of the temptation for absolute power.
4170 I want the bonus points (perhaps a thread?) for Nourse's Bladerunner book.
Oct 26, 2014 10:04AM

4170 If I'm really unsure if I want to finish a book, I'll jump to the end and see if I'll have enough interest for the middle. Bonus, you get to see how things turn out and spoilers aren't a worry.
My problem more often is that I kind of like a book, but then I come across a better book and read that, and forget where I put the not-as-interesting book, or I've lost it's momentum.
Oct 26, 2014 09:55AM

4170 You've already got space opera in your list, so I'll add Lois Bujold--start with Warrior's Apprentice.

Also the Taltos series by Stephen Brust, starting with Jhereg.

And definitely skip the Soldiers Son.
Oct 20, 2014 05:29PM

4170 I finished listening to Etiquette and Espionage, Gail Carriger's YA story about steampunk spy school. Entertaining.

I've gotten my copy of Ancillary Sword that I'm working on.

Re CyoA books, I did Ryan North's Hamlet one To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure on Kindle. Even better than the 'Go to' button was the 'back' button, to make sure I reached every branch point of the story.
Oct 17, 2014 10:52PM

4170 I read Hawk by Brust, which advances Vlad's story (good) but the caper setup parts didn't thrill me.

Also I finished rereading Neuromancer, and I did forget a lot of that book over 25 years. Interesting worldbuilding.
Oct 14, 2014 03:23PM

4170 Bruce Coville
Jane Yolen
Katherine Addison/Sarah Monette
Tim Powers
Oct 13, 2014 09:20AM

4170 I prefer her original persona, Megan Lindholm. My favorite is Wizard of the Pigeons which is an urban fantasy about a man dealing with PTSD. Although by now it's fairly dated. I still think of this character when I'm in a fast food restaurant. You can find a book with short stories from both egos in The Inheritance. I agree with above that her strength is taking stories in unusual directions. Her weakness is that often her main characters seem pretty unlikeable.
Oct 06, 2014 08:22PM

4170 I enjoyed the mix of computers and jinn society. The intervals in the jinn world were lovely. The whole bit with the Book of Days, from the stories to the tower to the last chapter, was interesting. I'm glad I read it. (But I wouldn't give it to my hard sf friends.)

I've no idea how realistic the Muslim setting was, but I liked the varied religious views of the characters, and that it was a setting I don't see often.
4170 I'll vote Wyrd Sisters or Guards Guards. Just to be practical. (And Good Omens is silly in a wonderful way.)
Oct 06, 2014 08:08PM

4170 I was pleasantly surprised by The Time Traveler's Wife. It got into the practical difficulties and implications of time travel, and a bit about societal implications.

And Terry Pratchett took a whack at it, in Night Watch
Oct 05, 2014 10:29PM

4170 They mention America, also India and Egypt, so it's our world but not anchored to any temporal touchstones that I could see (ie Arab Spring).
Oct 05, 2014 10:20PM

4170 I enjoyed Alif the Unseen (but did not like Hyperion)--don't forget about interlibrary loan, Ally.

I've started A Darkling Sea and am enjoying the aliens so far. I'll be interested to see what our local oceanographers think of this book.
4170 My favorite bit was the part (early on searching for Vikram) where Alif says that Dina is almost as good as he is at finding things out, when it's clear from the narrative that she's much smarter than he is. After that I didn't trust Alif's opinion on anything not computer related.
Sep 28, 2014 04:09PM

4170 Just read The Severed Streets, book 2 of supernatural policemen of London (no, the other policemen) (no, not the spies). A bit of a slow start, but near the end when they are closing in on the killer it got compulsive. And Neil Gaiman getting a cameo is all right with me.

Currently finishing Alif the Unseen, and just started rereading Neuromancer for my other book club.

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