It with the usual combination of sadness (it’s OVER) and mild relief (I can read some fantasy!) that SciFi Month comes to an end for another year. I’ve not done as much reading or reviewing as I’d like, as the bits of me not eaten up by work got devoured by jetlag, and Gnomon is a doorstop – so expect a few more SF features to follow as I catch up! (along with a return to my beloved Tremontaine. Sorry, Duchess)

Reading Round-up 
  • A Matter of Oaths – Helen S Wright  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Babylon’s Ashes – James S A Corey  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Gnomon – Nick Harkaway  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Witches of Lychford – Paul Cornell  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Lost Child of Lychford – Paul Cornell  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Prime Meridian – Silvia Moreno Garcia  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)

I haven’t written a fresh review for my Lychford re-read, but it has earned an extra star. Honestly, these are staggeringly good.

Review Round-up

 

Stacking the shelves

Gollancz had a flash sale. I mean, it would have been rude not to, right? And then I was offered two exceptionally exciting ARCs: I’m really looking forward to Prime Meridian and Wonderblood!

Conscious demographics

My annual challenge is to read diversely and to love every book. This year I’ve made things a bit more complicated with subsidiary challenges and more fun with the Game of Books.

  • 32 male (45%) / 35 female (49%) / 2 trans, non-binary or genderfluid (3%) + 2 anthos
  • 10 (14%) – by authors of colour / 41 (58%) prominently featuring POC
  • 5 (7%) – by LGBTQIA authors  / 26 (37%) featuring LGBTQIA characters
Challenges

Challenges? Pffft. More like guidelines anyway

  • 71 / 50 books or novellas (excl. Tremontaine)
  • 10 / 11 books by authors of colour
  • 5 / 11 non-SFF books of which non-fiction
  • 3 / 11 classic SFF books (7 incl. rereads)
  • 18 / 33 – off the shelf (it doesn’t count if I bought them to read them straight away!)
  • Game of Books score: 361 / 400