Happy November! Today I am neck-deep in Nanowrimo, so my reading has slowed down a good deal. It should be up again to normal by December!
This is what I’m currently reading:
Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – I haven’t actually touched this one in a couple weeks, but I wouldn’t call it a backburner book, not yet. It’ll be my focus again here in a second.
Anyways, goodreads synopsis of book 1, in case you’re interested:
Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.
Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.
Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to the Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.
Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.
Sightwitch by Susan Dennard – For some reason, this audiobook is taking me ages to complete. It’s not even a long one! I mean I like it so far, and I’m hoping to get through it within the next week or so, but man… I don’t know what it is about this thing, haha.
Here’s the goodreads synopsis of book 1:
Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.
Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.
In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente – So far so good with this one. It has an eerie atmosphere and reads like a fairy tale. I was much in the mood for it, and considering it’s one of my 10 in 2019 and time is running out, I wanted to pick it up.
Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to European culture: a menacing, evil figure; the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations. But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valente, whose modernized and transformed take on the legend brings the action to modern times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the twentieth century.
Deathless, however, is no dry, historical tome: it lights up like fire as the young Marya Morevna transforms from a clever child of the revolution, to Koschei’s beautiful bride, to his eventual undoing. Along the way there are Stalinist house elves, magical quests, secrecy and bureaucracy, and games of lust and power. All told, Deathless is a collision of magical history and actual history, of revolution and mythology, of love and death, which will bring Russian myth back to life in a stunning new incarnation.
Back burner books
The back burners are back. Basically they’re books I’m ‘reading’ but haven’t touched in a while due to a readathon taking precedence, getting distracted by other books, etc.
The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks
I really, really need to finish this one. It’ll be my focus again probably in December. The fifth one came out recently and I’m really trying not to get spoiled. It’s hard, man. D:
And that’s it! Happy reading!