Mostly short books this month. Here we go.
Fantasy, SF and Related Genres
Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley – By the author of Scott Pilgrim, but shorter, more magical-realism-y, and less referential. I have to appreciate the choice of only-partly-sympathetic, sort-of-antiheroic heroine. You don’t see a whole lot of those.
Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron – What I’d call urban fantasy (more in a moment) crossed with family drama. I really enjoyed this one and will probably read the second sometime. There’s some to-do about what this book is, according to an interview with the author I heard – urban fantasy, young adult, [insert giant string of question marks and shrug emojis]. Whatever it is, it’s fun and sweet.
The Martian by Andy Weir – Thought I should read it before the movie comes out, because why not. I am so rarely part of the zeitgeist; it’s kind of fun to try. This comic nails it, pretty much.
Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant – Yay, I didn’t know this was getting an ebook release for a while. But it did. As for the book, THAT COVER. You know exactly what you’re getting into with that cover.
The Hidden Blade by Sherry Thomas – Not actually romance, but the ninja-action-crossed-with-emotionally-strangling-British-countryside prequel to a romance novel. The premise hooked me, but a plot twist before the end made me rather less inclined to read the “real” book. Which isn’t to say that it was badly done, just a move that I didn’t like as a reader.
Writing & Publishing
For Love or Money by Susan Kaye Quinn – As I’ve frothed about before, this is a “Why are you writing?” sort of book, with the very unusual premise that follow-your-heart types (guilty!) have something to offer the world, too. It is mostly about money, don’t worry, but it allows a little space for people who are driven by ideas and art. I appreciate that.
Writing the Other by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward – How to begin the process of trying not to be a clueless mainstream know-nothing, trampling all over characters and readers alike.
Bootstrapping for Indies by Simon Whistler – More of a pamphlet / advertisement to drive people to the author’s mailing list, but hey, it’s free. Also an unusual idea – you don’t have to lay out ten or fifteen thousand dollars up front on your first book; you can make incremental improvements to your covers and layouts as you go. I’m not sure about that, because early readers are now stuck with my awful first cover forever and ever amen, thanks, Amazon. But again, free. Why not?
An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments by Ali Almossawi and Alejandro Giraldo – This was an Amazon Deal of the Day a while back, and I couldn’t resist a book of strange, retro cartoons of animal-people demonstrating faulty logic. I’m not made of stone, people.
One I forgot to note in June:
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown – For extra irony, I had to go and forget the book about dealing with perfectionism. Yaaaay. So I’m going to go and listen to her TED talk, and liiiiive with the mistake.
Totals: Start of month 127 / end of month 139. Aaaahaaa, well, I couldn’t resist a StoryBundle themed around “Literary Fantasy.” WTF is literary fantasy? Heck if I know. Click! 9 more books on the TBR pile. I regret nothing!