Hello, friends! Just five months ’til Christmas/a brand new year of wondering where all the time has gone!
– What Happened –
I had a very dry month of reading in June, so this month I also listened to a couple of novellas while working around the house.
The first of those was The Seep by Chana Porter, a trippy and absurd spec fic story about what happens when conflict essentially disappers. The concept is brilliant and started off incredibly strong, but I did feel a little lost by the end. If you enjoyed Skyward Inn I recommend checking it out.
I read and reviewed Catalyst Gate, the thrilling conclusion to Megan O’Keefe’s The Protectorate trilogy. This is definitely one of my favourite sci-fi series.
I also listened to Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones, and was very excited as I’ve been wanting to read The Only Good Indians for some time. Unfortunately I was pretty disappointed (mostly because I thought there were going to be killer mannequins) and gave the book a 2-star rating on Goodreads.
After that, I really want to find a great horror read that emulated the experience of watching a film, so I then picked up The Final Girl Support Group which was a much better experience (plus the design of the special edition book is so damn well thought out). That said, I found the author’s commentary on sexism in slasher films a little out of place in a book that celebrates the genre as much as it critiques it, so I was a little confused. There was some pacing issues towards the middle of the book, but I did quite enjoy the final chapters.
It was really interesting to stray outside of sci-fi and fantasy into horror, and at some point I’d like to write a post about my love of horror films and wariness of similar themes and plot devices in books.
Lastly, I read and reviewed Goodbye to the Sun, a really interesting sci-fi debut that has been on my TBR since the author contacted me last year.
– The Damage –
Good gravy, July was a bumper month for special edition books! And of course most of them were ones I couldn’t miss out on.
I’m also trying to complete my collection of Wheel of Time UK first editions before the new show pushes prices up, which has bumped up my monthly tally. But I only have three books left until I complete my set!
AND Subterranean Press had some books that had been heavily discounted due to damage. It would be irresponsible not to get some of those too, right?
Someone please send help.
Physical Books and Pre-Orders
– What’s Gonna Happen –
I feel like I haven’t had the chance to do much reading in the last couple of months, and I’ve really missed it. I’m also starting to get pretty behind on ARCs (found out this month that you have to download titles from Netgalley before they are achived).
So, I’ve decided to wake up early each morning and squeeze in some reading before I g to work (which is from home at the moment, to be fair). I’m aiming to at least get to the titles below which will all be published by the end of August:
What will you be reading this month?
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