2016 – August

August was pretty full on. People away at work, trying to get things done in general, the year slipping by too quickly, and a milestone birthday at the start of September. How dire!

Onto the novels read in August!

Sisters of the Fire (Blood and Gold #2)

Sisters of the Fire by Kim Wilkins was a book I’ve been looking forward to so dang bad. The first in the series, Daughters of the Storm, was so amazing. Countless strong female characters, varied layers of good and complex and evil, and everyone out for their own gain. Or doing what they think is for the best, to mixed results.

This book is so good that it’s stressful to read, because as you see the pages dwindling away, and as the plot unfolds around you at the very end you’re so damn worried for so many characters and you worry Wilkins will take your favourites away from you. Rowan is quickly growing to be a favourite – as epic as Bluebell, yet also scarily patient. I can’t wait to see how she develops.

My full review can be found here.

Asymmetry (Twelve Planets book 8)

Asymmetry by Thoraiya Dyer was read for the current Twelve Planets read/review a book a month challenge we’re doing this year. This is one of the 12PP books I haven’t yet got around to reading, and I wasn’t disappointed – it’s beyond excellent. This is the eighth book in the Twelve Planets series, which showcase the talent of female Australian authors.

You can read my full review here.

Cold-Forged Flame

Cold-Forged Flame by Marie Brennan is just as interesting and versatile and easy to lose yourself in as her Lady Trent series. The characters are developed and utterly their own in so few pages, and this is exactly what a novella should be – self contained and satisfying without feeling rushed, but also makes you wish it were longer because it’s just so enjoyable.

What I was most impressed with in this novella is how everything turned out. Our unnamed main character seeks and strives, yet makes dedicated and impressive choices, that shows she is either vastly intelligent, or of a good heart, or both. This type of thing is warming to read, and you can’t help but smile.

You can read my full review here.

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2016

The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2016 edited by Paula Guran contained nine novellas in total.

Novellas are currently my favourite thing. Longer than a short story so you get some meaty character development and/or world building, but only need half an hour to a few hours to lose yourself in before it sets you free to go flail about it to a friend.

This is a collection of the best of the best, and it shows. Highly recommended.

You can read my full review here.

The PaulandStormonomicon

The PaulandStormonomicon by Storm DiCostanzo was disappointing after such a long wait. It was a add-on in a kickstarter I backed and hence, fairly cheap, but still. Eh.

A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2)

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers was one of my highest anticipated books, after absolutely loving The Long Way to Small, Angry Planet which my friend Bethwyn won for me on instagram. I absolutely loved this book just as much as the first, and highly recommend them both to anyone – though this book isn’t out until October. Both books could easily be stand-alone and the reader would feel content. They’re so well written though, that the reader will grab them both and more as soon as they’re released, and still look forward to the next. This is such a lovely, heart-felt and detailed and dedicated series that I’m getting even more excited to see what the author has for us next.

You can read my full review here.


August was all about a holiday I’m now currently on – writing this in mid August (and will add to it if I finish anymore books!), I fly out to New Zealand on the 27th August for a meet up with a group of girls from high school. Twelve years on, and we’re still just as crazy and everything’s exactly the same as it was back then. Except better, as now we have adult money rather than just savings from in between exam peak times. We’ve seen different parts of the world, two of the six of us are married and even the crazy ones who became doctors etc have finally finished the many, many years of study. We’ve even hired a hot spa at our holiday house, c’mon, how awesome is that!

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