2016 – October

October sure was a month. Bring on November, and the next Pokémon game please.

Onto the novels read in October!

Hunted (Hunted, #1)

Hunted by Meagan Spooner was absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to read more. I love her take on the old fables and making it equally demanding in terms of risk and skills needed by the characters to get where they dream to be. Here we have characters who need to be able to do whatever they need to in order to survive, and things are grim if they don’t have the strength or ability. I can’t recommend her writing enough and will be seeking out more of it, especially as unfortunately I’m one of the few who don’t like her co-written series, or that her co-writer does with Jay – at least I love her own individual writing and I’ve narrowed down what I apparently don’t like about the others. (Still, my loss!)

Secret Lives of Books (Twelve Planets book 10)

Secret Lives of Books by Rosaleen Love was a collection of five short stories that don’t appear to be connected in the first light, however when you’ve read them all there appears to be some faint thread of deeper meaning. Very short, yet decently played out.

My full review can be read here.

Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror

Nightmares edited by Ellen Datlow was  picked up initially because it included some favourite authors, such as Kaaron Warren, Margo Lanagan and Garth Nix, along with the knowledge of Datlow’s brilliance, and that I trust Tachyon as a publisher in general. 24 short stories, female editor, 15 contributors assumed to be male, seven female and two unknown, is certainly strange to see from Australia when our horror scene is so female-strong. I would have liked to see more female contributors, but I trust Datlow and Tachyon both

My full review can be read here.

1,342 QI Facts To Leave You Flabbergasted

1,342 QI Facts To Leave You Flabbergasted by John Lloyd was excellent and I hope to slowly collect all of their books. QI and the podcast No Such Thing as a Fish are currently my go to ‘safe’ places because they make me happy with their silly fun and intelligent humour. It’s so easy for the pages to fly by as one usually links on to the next fact, for instance, on page 16 a fact about walnuts leads to one about almonds, and then the cost Britain spends on the Large Hadron Collider in comparison to on peanuts, and the cost of fuel needed to carry peanuts on a plane, and then on page 17 about how a farting sheep caused a freight plane to make an emergency landing, onto how Harper Lee was an airline booking agent… and so on. It’s addictive!

My full review can be read here.

Dark Disciple (Star Wars)

Dark Disciple by Christie Golden was absolutely fantastic and perfectly geeky. A Jedi Master and an ex-Sith must join forces in order to take out Dooku. Even though it’s not usually the Jedi way, they have been forced to weigh up the differences and conclude that his devastation on countless living beings outweighs his own life. The paid tasked with this have to go through their own mind games and reasoning and together it’s a cracking good read. I’d pay a scarily high amount for more in this series following these characters, but sadly it’s not to be.

Swarm (Zeroes, #2)

Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti was such an anticipated read and it did not disappoint. I love these characters so damn much, and I love trying to figure out which characters are written by which author, and I love that they weren’t scared to really take parts of this novel into a fairly dark place. LOVE it, and now the wait for the third will be even harder!

hHold Me (Cyclone, #2)

Hold Me by Courtney Milan is the second in the Cyclone series, however can be read as a standalone. The whole series however, starting with Trade Me and peppered with short stories here and there (listed in the back of the book) are all worth reading and impossible to put down. This was such a good read at the right time of the month when I was fed up with everything and just needed exactly this type of book. Hence the next two…

My full review can be read here.

The Governess Affair (Brothers Sinister, #0.5)

The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan was an excellent read even though it’s only about a hundred pages. The characters are so developed so easily and it’s hard to let them go – you almost wish the next novel contained these characters more instead, until they capture your attention just as much. Milan is lucky she’s a dang good writer otherwise I’d be more upset about having to move on so constantly…

The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister, #1)

The Duchess War by Courtney Milan was connected to the above, however they branch out into characters you catch a glimpse of in the previous book. This was just as excellent (and longer, as a full novel rather than novella), and so showed more anguish and to-ing and fro-ing between what our characters are torn between. Really love that some of the characters appear to be utterly different than what one expects or previously thought, and really love how it’s carried out. I also love that the author self publishes and releases a full collection of every novel/short story/novella in this series and all for under $10US. Almost half a million words for that price!

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October sure was a month. The best that can be said of it is I ripped apart my living quarters and have made it much, much more lovely after putting off things I should have changed years ago. A new bed, paint and a full clean out really does wonders.

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