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Books Read in May, 2017

As is my standard usage of my blog space at or near the beginning of the month, I present the listing of my May, 2017 reads.

Books Read in May, 2017

The Corporation Wars: Dissidence by Ken MacLeod

Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin (r)

The Island of Books by Dominique Fortier

Tales From the Loop by Simon Stalenhag (Artbook)

Tales From the Loop Roleplaying Game by Nils Hintze, Matt Forbeck, Nils Karlen and Bjorn Hellqvist (RPG)

Shipstar by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (r)

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (r)

May, 2017 Locus

Strange Things Done by Elle Wild

Apocalyptic Fiction by Andrew Tate

And those were my reads for the month of May. Given everything that was going on in May (what with CanGames and then being sick afterwards), I'm a little surprised that I actually read as much as I did last month. The books I enjoyed the most were:

Strange Things Done by Elle Wild - One of the most pleasant surprises of the year book-wise for me, this is the story of a female reporter who goes to Dawson City, Yukon (Canada) to be the editor of the local paper. With a secret of her own, she decides to find out who's killing people in Dawson City, putting herself in danger. Set at the start of a brutal Yukon winter, it was nice to read a book that has the natural environment and the season as characters in their own right. There were plenty of plot twists here to keep the reader guessing, and truth is, I didn't figure out who the killer was until the end. Recommended.

The Island of Books by Dominique Fortier - A lovely, interesting novel about the abbey on Mont Saint-Michel. An artist, in the fifteenth century, loses the love of his love, puts down his paint brush and, lost and grieving, moves to the monastery at Mont Saint-Michel. He lives amongst the monks, spending his time haunting the hallways until he is asked, despite being illiterate, to help make copies of old manuscripts in the library. The writing here is a fusion of history, mixed with fictional stories of a man who came to the abbey after the death of his lover and the story of a modern-day writer and her daughter as she tries to write this book. I loved the going back and forth between times, as well as the different places and people, but I suspect that some folks will be confused by this one. Still, I enjoyed it, and recommend it.

I pretty much enjoyed all the (other) books that I read in May, 2017, especially the re-read of Le Guin's Tehanu, but these are the two that stood out for me.

Overall, I managed to read 9 novels, 1 RPGs and RPG products, 1 magazine, 0 comics, and 0 graphic novels in May. This brings the year total for 2017 to a set of numbers that look like this: 46 books, 8 RPGs and RPG products, 10 magazines, 0 comics, and 0 graphic novels.

Anyway, thoughts and comments are always welcome. :)
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