Books Read in August, 2016
The Alchemist in Shadows by Pierre Pevel
The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
Into the Forest by Jean Hegland
July/August, 2016 Reader's Digest
The Forever Watch by David Ramirez
The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin (r)
Polaris Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook 1 by Philippe Tessier, Raphael Bombayl, and Francois Menneteau (RPG)
August, 2016 Locus
Wolf Tower by Tanith Lee (r)
Street Magicks edited by Paula Guran
Anchorwick by Jeffrey E. Barlough
August was a somewhat very light month of reading for me, especially on thebasis of my usual reading level and speed, but I can excuse that as it's summer, and I'm currently doing some rpg editing that I can't talk about, but it was still a pretty good month of quality reads. My favourite books of the month were Jean Hegland's Into the Forest, a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home, and is mesmerizing and thought-provoking novel of hope and despair set in a frighteningly plausible near-future America; The Forever Watch by David Ramirez, a terrific dystopian novel though you wouldn't know it by the way it begins, but that is not a nice or happy book, but perfectly suited for our time with its grim, gestalt message about surveillance and secrets, rebels and revolutions, freedom and responsibility; and Anchorwick by Jeffrey E. Barlough, the fifth book in the Western Lights series that had me riveted for most of the read, being written in a Dickensian style, and in some ways being a great ghost story. Lovely stuff, all three of these books.
Overall, I managed to read 8 novels, 1 RPG and RPG products, 2 magazine, 0 comics, and 0 graphic novels in August. This brings the year total in 2016 to a set of numbers that look like this: 77 books, 16 RPGs and RPG products, 16 magazines, 140 comics, and 0 graphic novels.
Thoughts and comments are always welcome.