March has been a relatively slow month for me, as I spent much of it trying to enjoy the weather before the allergies kicked in. I read a couple review copies that I had received, but I haven’t really made any progress with ongoing reading challenges. I’ve been participating in a readalong hosted by Little Red Reviewer of Scott Lynch’s novel “The Lies of Locke Lamora,” which I’m enjoying tremendously thus far.
During the next couple months I’m going to be participating in the Once Upon a Time VI Challenge. This means I’ll be focusing my reading on fantasy, myth, and fairy tales. One of the first things on the agenda is a groupread of Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (see the link if you’re interested in joining). I’m also toying with participating in a readalong of the sequel to Lies of Locke Lamora, although I haven’t decided yet.
And now for the fun part… My boyfriend and I went back to the Book Bank this weekend, and I found some treasures!
- “Imajica” by Clive Barker – I bought this one because I thought it might be a good book for Once Upon a Time. I read Barker’s “Weaveworld” last year for RIP and loved it. It was one of those books that I was sad to finish because it was so good. If “Imajica” is even half as good then I’ll be happy.
- “The Snow Queen” by Joan D. Vinge – The Michael Whelan cover says it all. The book seems like a loose sci-fi interpretation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale.
- “The Sandman: Book of Dreams” edited by Neil Gaiman – Short stories based on the Sandman mythos. I’m about halfway through the graphic novel “Sandman: Endless Nights” and am loving it thus far.
- “Singer from the Sea” by Sheri S. Tepper – Feminist sci-fi. The description reminded me a bit of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
After I was done browsing at the bookstore we went to the comic book store. While I was there I found a copy of the art book “Michael Whelan’s Works of Wonder” tucked away in a corner. It is filled with some of Whelan’s best cover art and explains some of his thought processes behind individual pieces, including his artwork for Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy. I’m loving it thus far!
Has anyone else gotten any interesting new books lately?