September 5th, 2013

red panda eating bamboo

not at all weekly reading meme

It's been a while since I did one of these.

What are you currently reading?

Breaking Waves: An Anthology for Gulf Coast Relief edited by Tiffany Trent and Phyllis Irene Radford
Ocean-themed, mostly SFF short stories and poetry. I just finished a short story by Camille Alexa that I really liked.

On the Edge (The Edge #1) by Ilona Andrews
Urban fantasy. There's a lot to like about the setting and the female protagonist and her younger brothers, whom she is raising. I especially like that the family is working poor. But I don't like that it's got the kind of romance plot that's driven by a man's repeatedly ignoring a woman's boundaries.

Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

Large Target (Josephine Fuller #2) by Lynne Murray. Mystery.

What did you recently finish reading?

Affliction (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #22) by Laurell K. Hamilton
At this point I'm reading them mainly because I've read all the previous ones. There is much less sex in the most recent two or three books than there was several volumes earlier in the series. I'm sad that I don't like this series better because a lot of interesting stuff is going on. Anita is kinda butch and unabashedly sexual, there's a lot of queer-positivity, and the books are full of unconventional conversations about gender, polyamory, and morality. But I just don't like the way Hamilton writes.

When the Thrill is Gone (Leonid McGill #3) by Walter Mosley. Leonid McGill is a black man who lives in New York City in the 21st century and makes a living as a private detective. He has a somewhat untraditional family, a criminal past, and thinks a lot about ethics.

Marîd Audran series (When Gravity Fails, A Fire in the Sun, The Exile Kiss) by George Alec Effinger. When Gravity Fails is one of my favorite books. The other two are interesting but not as good. I really like how Effinger develops Audran's character. Effinger was working on a fourth book when he died. And at the end of The Exile Kiss he's definitely left his protagonist in a precarious state of the soul.

Art in the Blood (Vampire Files #4) by P.N. Elrod
Urban fantasy. A journalist in Depression-era Chicago is turned into a vampire and is trying to make the best of it. He has a girlfriend who is a nightclub singer and a friend/colleague who is a private eye. There's something about these where it never quite seems that the protagonists are in danger. Sometimes I like that and sometimes I feel like I'm missing something.

What books did you acquire this week?

Push of the Sky by Camille Alexa, a collection of short stories

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