Agent to the Stars by Scalzi: Hilarious. Very much like other Fantasy/SF books about the Hollywood movie industry (Bride of the Rat God, The Revenge of Kali-Ra), and every bit as enjoyable. (Though with aliens instead of ancient curses.) I didn’t particularly want the plane ride I started it on to end, or the book for that matter.
Con and Conjure by Lisa Shearin: Meh. Another marking time book. I liked the way there was actually some closure in the previous book.
Psych: Mind Altering Murder by William Rabkin: It was ok.
The Wide Awake Princess: Lots of fun!
Kitty’s Greatest Hits. A bunch of short stories about Kitty, other people in her books, and historical vampire/werewolf fiction. The ones with kitty are the best… the historical ones aren’t as much fun.
Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison. Definitely YA, an easy read and a clever concept. Plays around with fate vs. free will rather than good vs. evil, which is a nice twist on the grim reaper genre (or shinigami genre…).
Template by Matthew Hughes. No Henghis Hapthorne in this one, but the main character, a professional fencing duelist, is also interesting. We revisit many of the cultures we’d already discovered in Fools Errant and the Henghis Hapthorne books. There’s an underlying anthropology message in this one– what is culture, what are mores, how do we experience the world based on our culture?
The travelin’ one of us has been reading a bunch of Heyer: a re-read of Lady of Quality, plus Faro’s Daughter.
The Mongoliad: awesome idea. A book written by committee, and unfortunately it shows. But still you should maybe read it. It’s like an RPG video game but in a good way. Some info-dumping about swordsmanship, which fortunately is authentic as Neal Stephenson is authentically a real historical sword guy. The book is dedicated to Guy Windsor, one of the most well-known experts in the field and an amazing font of knowledge.
by Neal Stephenson
Divine Misfortune by A. Lee Martinez: light enough to read on choppy plane or when jetlagged in foreign hotel room at 4am.
Discount Armageddon: I’ve read a bunch of this author’s other stuff but I enjoy this one most so far. Very silly. Solid start to a new urban fantasy series.
Cancer Vixen: rapidly becoming a classic in the field, and I can see why. Read it.
The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction: Hells yes.
Plus a WHOLE BUNCH of other books! Yay, summer!
Any summer recommendations for us?