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Books Read in September, 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 September, 2016 reads.

Books Read in September, 2016

The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley (r)

The Naturalist by Alissa York

Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin

September, 2016 Reader's Digest

Shooting the Rift by Alex Stewart

My Beloved Brontosaurus by Brian Switek

Without the Moon by Cathi Unworthy

Barkskins by Annie Proulx

The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi by Julius Csotonyi and Steve White

Polaris Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook 2 by Philippe Tessier, Raphael Bombayl, and Francois Menneteau (RPG)

September felt like a very light month of reading, but in actual fact, it was a pretty intensive month of reading between the Julius Csotonyi palaeoart book, the Polaris RPG rulebook, and a couple of other books that I read this past month. My favourite books for the month, aside from The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley (which was a re-read), include: Barkskins by Annie Proulx, a magnum opus spanning more than 300 years, a wide ranging historical novel in which the central character is the land itself, more particularly the primeval forested land of (mostly) North America. The author plants two seeds, the arrival in New France of René Sel and Charles Duquet in 1693. From these roots, there grows an overview of history, as the Sel (towards the Native American side) and Duquet (to a logging dynasty) lines branch out in numbers and geography, are periodically pruned back by disasters both natural and political, but persist. Marvellous stuff; Alex Stewart's Shooting the Rift is a breezy, outer space adventure with a...colourful cast of characters that never really makes it to the next level of being great. About a military brat with a penchant for (literally) hacking his way through life who is disowned by his family and ends up being recruited as a spy, this book has a good edge to it that is ruined by almost familiar writing. Loved it despite that; and The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi by Julius Csotonyi and Steve White is a superb book and incredibly illustrated, that shows the artist's skills with both traditional painting/drawing methods and digital artistry. The only wish I had for this book was that it had more text to discuss and elucidate the science, and that the artist falls into the (common) trap necessitated by those who commission these pieces, of having more animals/creatures in the illustrations that would commonly have occurred.

Overall, I managed to read 8 novels, 1 RPG and RPG products, 1 magazine, 0 comics, and 0 graphic novels in September. This brings the year total in 2016 to a set of numbers that look like this: 85 books, 17 RPGs and RPG products, 17 magazines, 140 comics, and 0 graphic novels.

Thoughts and comments are always welcome.


John Kahane

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