What I’ve been reading – July 2017

July has been the month of new books. I was only expecting three publications this month, but in the end a total of six of my favorite authors all decided to publish something in the last month. I’m still working on how I want to format all of this. Leave a comment below and tell me if this works for you.

Here’s what was new this month:

I also re-read:

Mini Reviews:

The Delirium Brief is the eighth Laundry Files novel, which are part cthulu horror, part spy thriller pastiche, and part IT tech humor. This book sees the long-awaited return to Bob’s POV for this series, although we also see some of the previous POV characters returning including Mo, Alex and Cassie. This universe is heating up as the stars begin to come right. We get to see Bob being all eater-of-soles while finding out about the fallout from the surprise ending of the last book. Very excited to see where this is going. Also, interesting to read knowing it and it’s sequel had to be rewritten due to the brexit vote last year. Perhaps a cautionary note on trying to tie your series too closely to our timeline although lord knows nobody could have predicted it. 

I’ve been waiting for Wildfire ever since attending comic con back in 2015 and got to purchase the first book in this series early. In this third (and hopefully not final) installment, private investigator Nevada Baylor, faces the choice of forming her family into a magical House – which might destroy them – or seeing everything she’s built destroyed anyway. Ilona Andrews, actually a team of writers, never disappoints with their polished blend of romance, urban fantasy, and humor. These are heavy on the romance as they are written for Avon, however the concepts and world are as fully realized as ever. I also love how they seem to write their characters into fantastic no-win situations, then get them out while dealing with actual consequences. 

Hogarth surprises this month by releasing Dreamhearth, twelfth overall in her Pelted universe and third in her series about therapists in space. I know that sounds like it should be boring, but I honestly cannot express how much I love this series. If you’ve ever wondered what an asexual relationship looks like, here is your answer. This is something of a flashback in time from the current state of this series. It fills in the gap between the characters graduation from school and the start of their involvement with the princes game timeline. The plot is slow, but with enough tension to keep you moving through. Nothing like a potboiler though. This is a slow plot with lots of contemplation.

Lee and Miller also surprised this month with a short, called Due Diligence, which fills in a gap in the timeline far prior to the current plot of their main series. The authors mentioned that this short was “getting in the way” of other writing and so had to be written before other writing could proceed. I suspect that the events in this short have a bearing on the plot of the novel currently being written, but that is just speculation on my part. A nice treat to get an unexpected short from them when their publishing schedule is so tight for the next few years.

Ben Aaronovitch released a novella called The Furthest Station. At 144 pages it was a surprisingly large read for a novella from him. It prompted me to reread much of this series this month as well, and also to buy two of three comics to fill in some gaps in the story. I like that this series exists partially in comics. It works well for his stories too. A little weird reading these so close together with Stross’s novels. I got my UK wizards a little confused across universes here for a while. Interesting to contrast between them and see how each uses the same tropes in different ways.

 

So, anything you’re interested in reading? Let me know in the comments below.

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