We’re just past half way through the year and I’m well ahead of target. By last update, back in May, I’d already raced past the half-way point on my goal, and now I’m closing in on the finish line (not that I’ll stop when I reach 26, where would the fun be in that?) So let’s see what I’ve been reading lately.
The list so far
Here’s what I’ve covered in previous updates:
- Cadfael: Monk’s Hood, by Ellis Peters (Edith Parteger)
- Cadfael: St Peter’s Fair, by Ellis Peters (Edith Parteger)
- Key Under Blue Pot and Please Milk the Goat, by Marie Sever
- Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier
- Cadfael: The Leper of St Giles, by Ellis Peters (Edith Parteger)
- The Fire Mages’ Daughter by Pauline M Ross
- Cadfael: The Virgin in the Ice by Ellis Peters (Edith Parteger)
- The Mages of Bennamore by Pauline M Ross
- The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah
- The Plains of Kallanash by Pauline M Ross
- The Magic Mines of Asharim by Pauline M Ross
- The Morville Hours by Katherine Swift
- The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence
- Echoes of the Great Song by David Gemmell
- The Dragon’s Egg by Pauline M Ross
- The Reverse of the Medal by Patrick O’Brian
- The Letter of Marque by Patrick O’Brian
And here’s what I’ve read since May’s post:
18. The Errant Hours by Kate Innes
Set largely in Shropshire, this book falls under my “local reads” sub-goal. It’s an historical adventure/romance following Illesa, an impoverished young woman with nothing to her name but a valuable book, and no family but a brother in need of rescue. An exciting and enjoyable read, made all the more special by the familiar setting.
19. Iceland Defrosted by Edward Hancox
Two in a row for “local reads”, as Ed is from Shropshire. I bought this book a couple of years ago at his book launch in the local library but only just got around to actually reading it. It’s written in a casual, friendly tone, with the author’s love for Iceland raw on the page, and I though I’ve never been there I found I was falling in love with Iceland too thanks to the sincerity of Ed’s prose and the lively descriptions of the places he visited.
20. Touch of Iron by Timandra Whitecastle
I reviewed this fantastic novel in full here. It’s a brilliantly woven tale packed with excitement, with a thoroughly relatable protagonist and a rich world. I can’t praise it enough, and I hope it does well in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off 2016, which I think is a fantastic way of showcasing the best indie fantasy around.
21. The Thirteen-Gun Salute by Patrick O’Brian
22. The Nutmeg of Consolation by Patrick O’Brian
Yes, I’m still reading them in pairs. When O’Brian ends a novel with his protagonists stranded on a deserted island, how can I not immediately read the next? I’m really loving this series and when I finally get to the end I will no doubt start again at the beginning. It took some getting into when I first started reading it, but now I’m more familiar with O’Brian’s style, and less likely to give up on books than I was back in 2009 when I started reading the series, I am certain I will enjoy those first few books more on a second reading than I did on the first.
23. A Star-Reckoner’s Lot by Darrell Drake
I’m counting this. I read it, it counts. Darrell has employed me to proofread his novel and so that is what I have done. Towards the end I had to consciously slow down and remind myself to pay attention to the words, how they’re spelled, how they’re punctuated, the syntax and flow, and so on, because my mind wanted to race ahead and find out how it would end. The first two thirds of the novel is a bit slow burn, plenty going on but it’s difficult to see where it’s heading, but the seeds are sown and once they sprout quite a tale unfolds. Look out for it when it comes out, folks. Here’s Darrell’s website if you’re interested.
If my local library can get in the book I am looking for, I’ll have a few Charles Stross titles popping up in my next few reading updates. And there are a few books on my shelf I really should get around to reading at some point. Plus if anyone else on the SPFBO 2016 wants to send me a free ARC I’ll definitely be receptive to that.