2016 – March

I have no idea what happened to March. Let’s move on, shall we? Most of it seemed to involve a trip around Australia to see friends, attend a wedding, convention, two awards nights, then crawl home and want to sleep for week.

Onto the novels read in March!
Rivers of London (Peter Grant, #1)

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch was excellent! I’ve been planning to read this book for so long, as friend Becca loves it… and yet somehow never got around to it. Seeing as the author is guest at a con I’m going to at the end of the month I thought it was finally time to ‘give it a go’ – and I was hooked. I absolutely loved this and now I’m spoilt in that there are so many more to read, with a new one out so soon. Yay! The second one is now dangling tantalisingly for me to read only if I finish off most (well, all) of the books in the March Reading Challenge list. Or if I’m particularly moody and need a pick-me-up!

Every Heart a Doorway

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire was excellent. It’s such a short novel that it’s hard to write an even shorter review about it without giving too much away, but what I can say is that this is a murder mystery wrapped in a surreal twisted fairytale. This book is all kinds of awesome, and manages to wrap everything up sweetly in so few pages, yet it seems there’s also another two books on the cards in this series, which is excellent news. I eagerly await the next! You should get it on pre-order (if you haven’t already) immediately.

You can read my full review here.

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton was a mixed bag. The start up was good… and then the middle is a fairly long and uneventful ‘road’ trip, and then doesn’t pick up again until the end which does almost save it, but possibly not enough for this book to be memorable or for me to continue with the series. Which is a shame, as the cover at least is stunning.

You can read my full review here.

Tell the Wind and Fire

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan was disappointing, I didn’t finish it. This novel was quite confusing. The synopsis doesn’t match the story and overall the characters were acting… oddly. Right at the start the main character is crying and screaming at guards one moment and then flicking her hair and winking/flirting the next? Overall it was fairly obnoxious and uninteresting.

Thief of Lives (Twelve Planets book 3)

Thief of Lives by Lucy Sussex was a surprisingly quick read – I usually take the Twelve Planets slowly to fully understand them, and this one somehow managed to slip by fluidly. This collection contains four unconnected stories, one historical fantasy, one crime, one of the relationship between woman and man, and one urban fantasy. With a wry and elegant sense of humour, Sussex tells us stories that we’re unlikely to read elsewhere. This is also excellent for feminist fiction if you have a hankering.

You can read my full review here.

Court of Fives (Court of Fives, #1)

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott, despite having such a dull cover still grabbed me. It was a simple and easy novel, easily read in an afternoon which means I probably skimmed over a few of the weaknesses others are identifying. It’s a fun novel that feels like someone’s taken Wipeout and mashed it with the Hunger Games. Elements aren’t entirely believable, but it fit with what I wanted to read one afternoon and it’s on a few Hugo lists, so I’m glad to have read it!

Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant, #2)

Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch was a bit different from the first book, to the stage where I wasn’t sure I loved it as much as the first… but it all come together in the end and now the author has my trust that he knows what he’s doing! He was excellent to meet at Contact2016 and I’m glad I went to his kaffeeklatsch.


March contained a trip to both Perth and Brisbane, for a wedding, to see friends and their new kidling, and to attend NatCon (Contact 2016)! We worked on publishing biz so the above also includes a novel I read for editing purposes, and doesn’t account for the time spent working on publishing things in general, selling books, taking pitches for 2017 and beyond publishing schedule (if any make the cut), and so forth.

March was awesome, I’m exhausted, and as always I wish I read more! Now Hugo Nominations are closed, and we wait with held breathe for what happens next. I also did woefully poorly in the March Reading Challenge list where I tried several books and just couldn’t get into them, so spent my travelling time listening to podcasts instead. Blah.


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