Review: BLACKFISH CITY by Sam J. Miller (2018)

Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Adult Science Fiction
Year Released: 2018
Source: Library Audiobook

Listened to the audiobook

Some books get better upon a reread. But when you’re rereading your favorite book, how could it possibly get better? Well, let me tell you the ways.

In my first read, I was so enraptured with the dystopian whimsy of Qannaaq that I didn’t get a chance to dwell in many of the other levels. The specific way the world fell apart to create this near-future has not as much to do with climate change as much as it does with manufactured inequality and the evils of landlords and apartment economics. Being from New York City and seeing the story of how the stockholders gained power, the parallels were so easy to spot.

I’ve changed myself in the two years since I read this book, and wow, SOQ’s POV hit me differently upon reexamination. They are just so unapologetically themselves, but there’s a drive for human connection and fixing your own circumstances that are quite universal. The misfortune in the middle of the second act strikes a bit differently. Finding new appreciation for different facets is just part of the rereading experience.

Beautiful prose in a bleak cold comes a tale of finding family and standing up to the forces which broke the world in the first place.

Review: MORTAL HEART by Robin Lafevers (2014)

Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Year Released: 2014
Source: Library Audiobook

Going into the His Fair Assassin, I didn’t know that this series will follow three different heroines. Coming out of Dark Triumph, specifically, it was such a great way to develop the world. Grave Mercy follows Isme, who is the reader who is completely new to the world of the convent of Mortaine and to this version of medieval Britain and France specifically. Sybella, on the other hand, is a little bit more ingrained to the noble courts. In this third book, we meet Annith, who was a central friend to Isme and Sybella and a bit of a mystery. Everything is spoilers, but wow she has such a compelling arc.

I really liked the presentation of her intimate knowledge of the convent and the tension between her serving her lord and her own wants and needs played out. Of the three books, this one features the most supernatural elements. The Hellaquin were terrifying, a French version of the Wild Hunt. In addition, we get to see more of the other orders worshiping different gods, and the different idealogical tensions there made for some fantastic world-building.

Characters from previous books really make this series cohesive, despite not following the same character’s point of view from start to finish. The romance, much like in the other two, was compelling and swoony. Plus, it absolutely blew my mind once the third act twist comes.

If you want court intrigue, murder, loose pagan mythology, and a whole lot of female characters who are strong in a variety of ways, do not miss His Fair Assassin.

Review: INTO THIN AIR by Jon Krakauer (1997)

Note: Starting a thing where I cross-post my Goodreads reviews that are 4 stars + to my blog in 2020

Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: Nonfiction
Year Release: 1997
Source: Library Kindle Borrow

I have a wretched habit of taking the wrong things away from cautionary tales, and this book is no exception. Krakauer recounts an ill-fated expedition to Everest’s summit in 1996, which claimed the lives of six climbers.

Krakauer goes into such painstaking detail about the dangers and physical strength needed to make the summit, but he doesn’t shy away from acknowledging and venerating that grand mountain. I shouldn’t feel the draw of the mountain, and yet. The imagery is absolutely gorgeous, and he speaks of his teammates with such human reverence. He doesn’t elevate them to heroes, but admits that they are simply human.

This breathtaking work is not for the faint of heart, but it captures the majesty and terror of attempting to reach the top of the world.

January 2020 TBR

I am going to start announcing the books I intend to read per month, starting with January 2020.

Hard Copies

  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
  • The Fortress by S.A. Jones (ARC)
  • The Never-Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
  • Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim (ARC)

Kindle

  • Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (Library Borrow)
  • Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Library Borrow)
  • Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani (ARC)

Audiobooks

  • Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers (Library Borrow)
  • Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller (Library Borrow)

2020 Bookish Hype Train

2020 Bookish Hype Train

I did a lot of good reading in 2018 and was introduced to new favorite people, authors, and series. Here is a list of 19 books I’m really excited to read or see out in the world.

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My 2019 in Reading

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I read 118 books this year, mostly thanks to an aggressive ARC schedule and audiobooks. The list here are 19 books which I read this year that I loved, but weren’t necessarily published in 2019.

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Reading Recap: December 2019

Dec2019RR.pngIn December, I made it a small goal to get my Currently Reading List down to zero. While I failed at that, I got most of the way there, even reading two additional books. I start 2020 with a four-book-long backlog, which honestly, it pretty good. Anyway, here is the last recap of the year.
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