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Books Read in August, 2016

It's another month, and relatively early in the month. Thus, as is my standard usage of my blog space at or near the beginning of the month, I present the listing of my August, 2016 reads.

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.
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