Books Read in October, 2016
Myth-Fortunes by Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye
Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
The Griff by Christopher Moore and Ian Corson w/ Jennyson Rosero (Graphic Novel) (r)
Equinox by Philippe Tessier (RPG)
September, 2016 Locus
Sword-Maker by Jennifer Roberson (r)
October, 2016 Reader's Digest
Dinosaur Art: The World's Greatest Paleoart edited by Steve White
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
SAVE: The Eternal Society by Jonathan McFarland et al. (RPG)
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
Sword-Breaker by Jennifer Roberson (r)
The Fabulous Art of Trudvang by RiotMinds (RPG Artbook)
Windbrothers Desert by Sean Michael
October, 2016 Locus
Coriolis Roleplaying Game Quickstart Set by Free League Publishing (RPG) (PDF)
October was a strange month of reading for me, for reasons that I can't put my finger on. I read a good number of books during the month, with only three re-reads (and one of those was a graphic novel), but it seemed like I didn't read all that much this past month. My favourite books for the month include:
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman - about spy librarian thieves who travel to alternate and/or parallel dimensions to obtain books and other interesting deeds - and there are dragons, too, sort of! Fun book, great character in Irene, and highly recommended.
Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner - a (good) police procedural that turns out to be very classic in its unravelling, reminiscent of something much richer than your typical thriller, as it goes much deeper into its various character’s lives than most books do. With Point of View changing between Manon (the detective assigned to the missing girl’s high profile case), Miriam (the missing girl’s mother), Edith (the missing girl), Davy (Manon’s partner) and Helena (Edith’s best friend), it was a bit confusing for the first 30 or so pages, but once the characters are established, a really good read.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton - set in 17th century Amsterdam, the author has written a superb first novel. This book presents the reader with a worthy mystery of their time, and maybe a bit of magic, that offers enough twistss and turns that opens a door, albeit a small one, to reveal secrets of the Brandt family. This is a look at the Dutch golden age that will resonate with contemporary gender, race, religious, and power issues. Lovely book, with compelling characters.
Dinosaur Art: The World's Greatest Paleoart edited by Steve White - A magnificent volume in which ten of the top contemporary palaeoartists present a selection of their works and discuss in a seemingly exclusive manner their working methods and distinct styles. I adored this book, and can't recommend it highly enough.
Overall, I managed to read 10 novels, 3 RPG and RPG products, 3 magazines, 0 comics, and 1 graphic novel in October. This brings the year total in 2016 to a set of numbers that look like this: 95 books, 20 RPGs and RPG products, 20 magazines, 140 comics, and 1 graphic novel.
Thoughts and comments are always welcome.