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Covering the 2nd half of 2016:

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie - This book won a ton of awards and deservedly so, some great world building and the best revenge tale since the Count of Monte Cristo. The lead character is a spaceship AI that manages to survive the destruction of its ship and is on the hunt those that betrayed it. Highly recommended, even to people that aren't normally sci-fi fans.

Fix by Ferrett Steinmetz - Book 3 of his 'Mancer books and a great conclusion, this is a trilogy that ups its game with every book, the story goes in some unexpected, but very satisfying directions. As with the others recommended for urban fantasy lovers, though definitely read them in order.

Merchant Princes, books 1 through 6 by Charles Stross - Stross' series about alternate dimensions and a select group of people that can travel between them and our Earth, coming from a world with only a medieval tech level and ruling it by stealing tech from ours. Things start to get complicated when the worlds discover each others existence as well as a 3rd steampunkish version of our world. Very different from his Laundry series, they lack the humor, but add lots of intrigue and some fantastic world building - this series would make a great RPG setting. Whether you like/dislike the Laundry books not necessary a good indication of whether you'd like these or not. Recommended for folks that like fantasy or alt history with a lot of political intrigue.

Manleigh Cheese by James Crawford - some good urban fantasy set in DC as a food truck crew gets caught up in supernatural shenanigans involving fae. I like this more than Crawford's zombie books, the tone is a lot lighter and more fun and as a local I appreciated the local setting.

Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson - I guess I been on an urban fantasy kick, this is another good one set in a not quite post-apocalypse Toronto as a poor Afro-Caribbean woman gets some supernatural assistance from the Loa in taking on the city boss.

Hamilton by Ron Chernow - yes, I've succumbed to all things Hamilton and that includes reading the biography that inspired the show. This is a big book, but still pretty easy reading, Chernow's style is very engaging - and since Hamilton is involved in nearly everything, this makes a nice review of the founding of our country, though I will say it doesn't paint a very flattering picture of Jefferson. Definitely recommended.

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson - a near-future sci-fi about a group of folks surviving in a space station as the Earth is destroyed, a interesting premise, but I found the writing to be very dry, more like I was reading a history about the events taking place than a novel.

Key Out of Time by Andre Norton - a time travel story in which agents get trapped in the past on an alien world and help rally the locals to fight an interstellar threat, feels a bit dated now, but still a fun read.
kmusser: (Cryptic Bastard)
If you grew up in Chicago then Mike Royko was a household name, he was a daily columnist for various Chicago papers, writing from 1963 to 1997 - that's a lot of columns, over 7,000 in all. I've been reading a collection of his best columns and find it fascinating, it's like diving into a time capsule, having the same person writing about seeing Jackie Robinson play up to criticizing the Gulf War. His early columns especially were new to me and I had not realized how early he started calling out racism, reading those were reminders of both how far we've come and how far we still have to go. Also interesting to see his writing change, those early columns often contained casual misogyny which mostly disappeared in the later ones. Anyway, definitely recommended, there are some excepts online at http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/730719.html, the 2nd one there is the Jackie Robinson one, which was one of my favorites.
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Almost a year since my last book post, so time to update you on what I've been reading, lots of good stuff, starting with the most recent:

magic and science and time travel, new and old under the cut )

And the ridiculously long to be read list, what should I read next? )
kmusser: (bookpimp)
Ok, it's been over a year since I've done a books update, so this is a long list. I think I'm missing some too that went straight into the goodwill pile after being read.

On to the books, what I have read over the last year )
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While I'm doing some catch-up, time for a books update. I've read some good stuff recently, including Nate Silver's book which I thought was excellent.

Mini-reviews under the cut - Zombies! Katanas! Cartographers! Statistics! )
kmusser: (bookpimp)
Almost a year since my last book update and I have been doing a lot of reading. Last summer I traded my Magic card collection to a bookshop owner for a large box of books, so my "to be read" pile is now a little ridiculous. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some, but here we go:

what I’ve been reading for the last year - this got really long )
kmusser: (bookpimp)
Some of you writer types might be interested in Ferrett's Clarion Blog-A-Thon.
kmusser: (bookpimp)
The last couple of years my reading has dropped off quite a bit, larger due to switching from the train to driving for my regular commute. So I think the following list is roughly my last year’s worth of reading.

What I’ve been reading, under the cut )
kmusser: (bookpimp)
For the zombie lovers out there [livejournal.com profile] 3ravensringo has published his book in electronic format with a different take on zombies, check it out at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/83992, the first one's free, the second one is free with code: FQ85Q.
kmusser: (bookpimp)
Way behind on these, the early ones a bit fuzzy in my memory, I think I'm missing a few altogether. But anyway . . .

what I was reading in 2010 )
kmusser: (bookpimp)
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted one of these. Since the last books update I’ve read quite a bit of stuff, almost all of it good.

read on for list of good books and mini-reviews – long )
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] divalion for the link:

What Matters Now, a free e-book containing a series of mini essays of various writers thoughts on the future, makes for a good read.
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For my fellow Gaiman fanatics, he's doing an event over on the Eastern Shore, Monday the 27th. But that's sold out you say? They've moved it to a larger venue.
kmusser: (bookpimp)
With the Hugo nominations going out I guess it's time to make a books update.

What I've been reading )
kmusser: (bookpimp)
A long overdue books report - what I've been reading since spring.

lots and lots of books )

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