Oh, scifi.fyi seems down, so I'll post here instead:

I'm not quite sure where I stand on The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie. On the plus side: a fantasy story told from the perspective of a god (and with a fascinating definition of 'god', to boot), in a consistent voice (good thing I was used to second person narration from Ms Jemisin), with a not-quite predictable plot. But while I'm a fan of unusual story arcs, I found myself wanting more. The story was good, but not enough. #amReading

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson was very "what did I just read"? It's a weird story, with a very good unreliable first-person narrator. Soft and slow horror, coupled with very good information revelations by implication, and use of very Gaiman/Rothfuss-like thinking about magic. If you liked The Ocean at the End of the Lane for it's horror aspects, this book might very well be great for you (it wasn't for me, though). #amReading

Raven Tower has great world building and narration, but the plot seemed a bit underdeveloped.

I'm still very happy to have read it, though โ€“ a fantasy book from the perspective of a deity is very Ann Leckie, who continues to be amazing at writing non-human characters, and letting her readers fill in all the human characters from clues the non-human protagonist/narrator doesn't quite understand. A good concept, and it translates very well from scifi to fantasy. #amReading #ravenTower

After a couple of disappointing ARCs, I'm now reading Raven Tower by Ann Leckie.

I finished Mirror Dance, and god, do I ever love Lois McMaster Bujold. Seriously โ€“ Mirror Dance has a protagonist I didn't particularly like (completely intentional on the author's part), and she just makes the novel work anyways. Complete with a LOT of character development. And action. And growth. And perspective.

@tootbrute Worth what? I mean, if a book starts off good and then turns out brilliant, I'd kind of say that it was worth my time, yes ;)

I finished Embassytown by China Mieville, and WHAT DID I READ. It starts out as okay-if-confusing scifi with appropriately alien aliens, and a good world. It stays that way for a long time, seemingly following a pretty normal arc, and then both the action and writing quality just take off. Wow!

If you liked my blog post (rixx.de/blog/sff-perspectives/) about non-(white male) writers in , you'll be interested this Twitter thread with a huge number of recommendations of female writers: twitter.com/TheMiddleShelf1/st

Thanks to @naga and @mann_ey I fixed broken links and added author names to all book entries (short story authors are directly available via the link, after all).

On that note: I finished A Close and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, Becky Chambers) which was nice. Very slice-of-life/fluff, which is nice once in a while, but won't be my new go-to genre โ€“ I just need a bit more action than this, I think.

Now moving on to: Embassytown.

Better late than never, the books I read last month (plus three shorts): rixx.de/blog/books-2019-02/
Includes: Sansukh, Persepolis Rising, Surface Detail, The Stone Sky, and The Final Empire.

@naga YES! The Tines were bloody brilliant, as were the Zones, as was pretty much everything!

Man, I wanted to build my monthly books blog post, but apparently the goodreads API has changed :\

I'm finished with A Deepness in the Sky and I'm impressed with the amount of ideas and world-building and realistic characters. Epic setting, yet personal execution.

Now I'm continuing to a bit of fluff: A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

@mann_ey Haha re: Dune!

Thanks for the rec โ€“ I'm fairly good about reading sequels, I have a ~20 book rota going on for that, so I'm pretty sure I'll get to Deepness in the Sky later this year at least!

@mann_ey I have no idea what I expected, tbh. On the one hand, typically lauded scifi novels don't tend to work for me. The older they are, the worse the problem becomes, see e.g. Dune (or Malazan, on the Fantasy side of things). So I expected something Greg Egan-y without his charme, I guess?
On the other hand, highly recommended scifi books tend to be on the, erm, Star Trek side of imagination, so my other expectation involved a space opera with boring humanoid aliens.

It's a good surprise.

Does anybody here read online serials? The Wandering Inn was recommended to me several times, but I just tried reading the first ~15 chapters and the writing is clumsy, uneven, and incosistent. Does this get better? Is it worth it?

I'm now starting A Fire Upon the Deep, which is โ€ฆ not what I expected.

I finished the first Mistborn book, The Final Empire. This was pleasant, good ! I do have the impression that it's a bit weaker than the Stormlight Archives, but it could just as well be my bias, or the fact that it's more YA-y in general.

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