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February 2017



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pockets full of stones

What I've read so far this year:

1) Caitlin Kittredge, Bone Gods
2) Donna Andrews, Swan for the Money
3) Cleo Coyle, The Decaffeinated Corpse
4) Jon Armstrong, Yarn
5) Barbara Neely, Blanche Passes Go
6) Kathryn Stockett, The Help
7) Gina Robinson, The Spy Who Left Me
8) Wesley Chu, The Lives of Tao
9) Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois, Unicorns
10) Harry Connolly, King Khan
11) Tanya Huff, Smoke and Shadows
12) Scott Lynch, The Republic of Thieves
13) Michael Moss, Salt Sugar Fat
14) Gerry Alanguilan, Elmer
15) Steven Brust and Skyler White, The Incrementalists
16) Patricia Briggs, Dragon Blood
17) Pamela Dean, The Hidden Land
18) Pamela Dean, The Whim of the Dragon
19) Paul Cornell, London Falling
20) Seanan McGuire, Midnight Blue-Light Special
21) C. E. Murphy, Urban Shaman
22) Burroughs, William S., Junky
23) Robin McKinley, Dragonhaven
24) Tamora Pierce, Mastiff
25) Jane Langton, The Transcendental Murder
26) Daniel Silva, The Defector
27) Donna Andrews, Murder with Puffins
28) Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys
29) Ian Tregillis, Necessary Evil
30) Donna Andrews, Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon
31) Lawrence Block, The Girl with the Long Green Heart
32) Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
33) Jane Langton, Dark Nantucket Noon
34) Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash
35) Donna Andrews, We'll Always Have Parrots
36) Max Gladstone, Three Parts Dead
37) Laura Anderson, The Boleyn King
38) Richard Kadrey, Sandman Slim


Thing is, there's so much stuff out there, it's (A) a tad problematic to separate the wheat from the chaff, and (B) find time to read all the good stuff that is out there. I personally like Seanan McGuire's October Daye books, and Laurie R. King's Mary Russell books - a very interesting take on the Sherlock Holmes stories. Then there's Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books -- as off the wall as Douglas Adams' stuff, but off a different wall. I've just started the first of the Sookie Stackhouse books. Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate novels are fun. And yes, Emma Bull. Oh, yes, Emma Bull. I'm awaiting Neil Gaiman's next with interest. Jane Fancher's Netwalker books are good. Somehow I seem to have missed Robin Hobb's books -- an oversight I'm in the process of correcting. If I read a book by an author and like it, I have a tendency to find more books by the same author, and if I like those, I'll read every thing of theirs I can get hold of, which is how I ended up with a shelf full of books by some lady named Bear.

So many books, so little time. . . .