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Books: second week of vacation 
30th-Aug-2011 04:17 pm
Read Irresponsibly
So I actually read a bit less the second week of vacation. I read Archangel, Hunger Games, and The Shape-Changer's Wife. Reviews, of course

8/22 - Archangel, by Sharon Shinn.  This was a book of personal interactions and conflicts of honor and perception.  If the characters had been any less strong, this story would have collapsed under the weight of misspeaks and jumps to conclusion which could have easily been avoided by waiting another sentence-breath of time.  It was a satisfying book, but more than a little predictable, both in plot and in character, and this is only the second Shinn book I've read. 

8/24 - Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.  Collins takes the typical arena fight to the death and makes it much more personal. She does this three ways: the contestants are teenagers, the main characters know and like each other, and the rules get manipulated during the fight by the omnipotent Gamesmasters (which makes the reader sentiment even more resentful of the authorities).  Unfortunately, this book is also written in first person present, which, while helpful for the emotional impact, is my second-to-least favorite form of storytelling in books.  Despite this hurdle, it was an excellent book, with a strong balance between action and thought/emotion by the main character.  The setup for book two was obvious but not jarring, and allows the readers to chose to go onward or stop, as their satisfaction levels dictate.

8/26 - The Shape-Changer's Wife, by Sharon Shinn.  Ok, I guess I was wrong: I have read a Shinn book before.  I read this book a long time ago, and didn't remember the punchline until about halfway through the book.  The second half of the book was basically confirmation of that memory, and enjoyment of the sentiments and word-craft.  It is an easy novel, and a simple premise, enjoyed simply.

Other things I read this week include the first half of Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi, part of 13 Things That Don't Make Sense by Michael Brooks, Sharing Knife: Passage, and part of Flint.

I also played Five Crowns, Ticket to Ride-Nordic, and knit a lot.


-- New-to-me books read in 2011 (as opposed to re-reads) --

January
Little Dee vol 2
Little Dee vol 3
Unusual Suspects
Harvest Moon
The Black Stallion (yes, I know, I should have read it with Black Beauty)
Ravens in the Library: Magic in the Bard's Name, with a pre-finished commentary here
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Fang Bangers: An Erotic Anthology of Fangs, Claws, Sex and Love
Must Love Hellhounds
Truthseeker

February
Dark and Stormy Knights
Tortall and Other Lands
River Marked (2/28 - it arrived a day early)

March
Questionable Content, vol 1
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
Lifeblood
Magic Bites
Skinwalker, A Jane Yellowrock Novel
Running with the Pack
Magic Burns
Blood Cross

April
"Skyblaze" Adventures in the Liaden Universe #17
Kings of the North
Goblin Tales
Do Not Sniff the Bees, Two Lumps book 6
Magic Strikes
Magic Bleeds
Mercy Blade
The Initiate Brother

May
Angelology
City of Pearl
An Artificial Night
Late Eclipses

June
After Hours: Tales from Ur-Bar
Magic Slays
Ghost Ship (e-ARC)
Warbreaker

July
Quarter Share
Half Share
Full Share
"Intelligent Design" (short story in the Liaden Universe, published online at Baen)
Heroes in Training
Serenity: Better Days
Serenity: Those Left Behind
Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale
Tiger's Curse
Calamities of Nature, vol 1
Troubled Waters
Wolfsbane and Mistletoe
In Fury Born

August
Naked City
Unnatural Issue
Home Improvement: Undead Edition
Summers at Castle Auburn
"Kin Ties"
Flying Blind
Archangel
Hunger Games
The Shape-Changer's Wife


-- Books abandoned rather than completed in 2011 --

February
Sing the Four Quarters, by Tanya Huff

August
Fuzzy Nation, by John Scalzi

-- Books Still in Progress --
These are books that I haven't totally given up on, I've just... put them aside... for now. And gee, look at how many of them are non-fiction!
The Brand Within
Gamestorming
If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails
Swords and Dark Magic
Battlestations
Wise Man's Fear
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