Books Read in November, 2016
The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes
Sword-Born by Jennifer Roberson (r)
November, 2016 Reader's Digest
The Mapmaker's War by Ronlyn Domingue
Thrones & Bones 1: Frostborn by Lou Anders
Oshenerth by Alan Dean Foster
The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling and Brooke S. Passey
The Muse by Jessie Burton
The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin (r)
There Will Be Time by Poul Anderson
November, 2016 Locus
Coriolis - The Third Horizon RPG Beta by Free League Publishing (RPG) (PDF)
November was a pretty good month of reading for me, not only because of the sheer number of books I read for the month, but also because of the quality of most of them as well. My favourite books for the month include:
The Muse by Jessie Burton - Much to recommend in this novel. Not only is this a tale of love, danger, betrayal and revolution in 1936 Spain that is riveting for the impact on the characters, but it offers a time-and-place look at a nation on the verge of darkness, a harbinger of horrors to come. A human drama meets historical madness. Burton's second novel (I read The Miniaturist last month) is no sophomore jinx.
The Mapmaker's War by Ronlyn Domingue - This book, the first in a trilogy, reads like a blend of William Morris, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Jeanette Winterson, that mixes social allegory and utopian yearnings with keen-edged, descriptive prose. That said, it's written in ways that some might find unacceptable: second person narrator, unconventional dialogue tags, and no chapters. Don't turned off by this, as it's a fascinating read, quite refreshing in its own way.
Thrones & Bones 1: Frostborn by Lou Anders - This book has a lot going for it, and lots to love in it. The book is middle grade fantasy (for ages 8-12), but even adults are going to like this one. This is a smart adventure story for fans of dragons, frost giants, dwarves, sword fights and strategy games. There is a fair amount of humour in the book, a good example coming from two-headed trolls that our young hero, Karn, must outsmart to survive. The author does a good job combining the light-hearted feel of this genre's fantasy adventure with high stakes conflict. A really good, quick read.
Overall, I managed to read 9 novels, 1 RPG and RPG product, 2 magazines, 0 comics, and 1 graphic novel in November. This brings the year total in 2016 to a set of numbers that look like this: 104 books, 21 RPGs and RPG products, 22 magazines, 140 comics, and 1 graphic novel.
Thoughts and comments are always welcome.