Mt TBR report: May 2017

Mt TBR, Earl Grey Editing, books and tea, tea and books, Words Are My Matter, Ursula Le Guin, Year of the Orphan, Daniel Findley, Ms Marvel, G. Willow Wilson, Queens of Geek, Jen Wilde, Rosemary and Rue, Seanan McGuire, Nimona, Noelle Stevenson, The Year's Best Asutralian Fantasy and Horror, Liz Grzyb, Talie Helene

It’s official: the Hugo Awards have broken my Mt TBR. The voting packet arrived this month and I am suddenly drowning in books. There’s still some that came in the voting packet that I haven’t yet recorded on my TBR. Nevertheless, I’m quite delighted. In addition to the things listed below, I also made my way through the material provided for the Best Fan Writer and Best Short Story categories. Since they’re not exactly books, it’s hard to know how to capture them in my records.

Mt TBR Status

Mt TBR @ 1 January 2016: 327
Mt TBR @ 30 April 2017: 306
Mt TBR @ 31 May 2017: 334

Books Read

83. The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley. Read for the Hugo Awards. Some interesting bits and pieces but a bit repetitive and nothing terribly ground-breaking.

84. The Grief Hole by Kaaron Warren. Review forthcoming.

85. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. Reviewed here.

86. Children of the Different by S.C. Flynn. Reviewed here

87. Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop. Fifth book in The Others series. A fantasy novel set on an alternate Earth where humans live at the tolerance of the Others–shapeshifters and Elementals–who control the land. An enjoyable read, but seemed like a bit of an anti-climax after the last book and the material is becoming a bit thin.

88. Rift Riders by Becca Lusher. Review forthcoming.

89. Ms Marvel, Vol. 3 by G. Willow Wilson. A new love interest complicates Kamala’s life. The beginning felt a little episodic, though it was nice to see young Loki make an appearance.

90. Bad Beginnings by Nicole Field. Reviewed here.

91. Ms Marvel, Vol. 4 by G. Willow Wilson. Kamala gets to properly meet her hero Captain Marvel and it is utterly adorable. I enjoyed Kamala’s fannishness.

92. Ms Marvel, Vol. 5 by G. Willow Wilson. Read for the Hugo Awards. Juggling life as a superhero along with school, friends and family can get a little overwhelming sometimes. A sweet, and I enjoyed seeing Kamala make a new friend. But I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the last one.

93. Spindrift by Amy Rae Durreson. M/M romance. After a suicide attempt, Sion retreats to the seaside to recover and paint. Instead, he finds himself falling for Mattie–a charming young man almost ten years his junior–and haunted by one of Mattie’s relatives. The book utilises a few light horror elements to good effect and the couple are utterly charming. I just want to give Sion a giant hug.

94. Beyond Possession by Kit Rocha. Post-apocalyptic erotica. A short novella set between the fifth and sixth books of the Beyond series. Zan’s last mistake almost cost the life of a fellow O’Kane. When he’s asked to watch over Tatiana Stone, he’s determined not to let history repeat itself. Tatiana’s exhaustion at trying to walk some fine lines was very relatable. The series also maintains its excellent bisexual representation and sex positivity.

Books Acquired

Uncanny Magazine, Issue 16
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 84
The View from the Cheap Seats
by Neil Gaiman
Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3 by G. Willow Wilson
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5 by G. Willow Wilson
Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop
Stake Sauce by RoAnna Sylver
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Ms Marvel, Vol. 4 by G. Willow Wilson
Words Are My Matter by Ursula Le Guin
The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2015 edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene
Bad Beginnings by Nicole Field
Off Campus by Amy Jo Cousins
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
Year of the Orphan by Daniel Findlay
Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
This Census-Taker by China Mieville
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson
Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
The Vision, Vol. 1 by Tom King
Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone
Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone
Last First Snow by Max Gladstone
Four Roads Cross by Max Gladstone
A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire
An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire
Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire
One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire
Ashes of Honour by Seanan McGuire
Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire
The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire
A Red-Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire
Once Broken Faith by Seanan McGuire
A Frost of Cares by Amy Rae Durreson
Spindrift by Amy Rae Durreson
Retribution by Jennifer Fallon

Online Reading

And All the Roads are Blinding by moemachina. An adorable 10 Things I Hate About You fic wherein Kat Stratford and Patrick Verona become friends again via Facebook years after they broke up. Highly recommended to anyone who loves the movie.

to the sky without wings by leupagus. Star Wars fanfic. Luke/Poe is not a pairing I’d normally ship, but this was so well written. It doesn’t shy away from the problems with the relationship. It’s also equally about the development of the rebellion as about the development of the relationship.