In case you don’t know, there are 2 sequels to it: The Twelve and City of Mirrors. I greatly enjoyed the whole trilogy.
Thanks! I’ll have to hunt down those too.
Due to a continually-growing collection of craft machines (knitting machines, looms, etc.), my wife and I are currently culling our book collection to cut down the number of book cases. We thought we were deep when we were young because we read lots of existentialists, but now we’re content to just read science fiction. So we’re cutting our fiction collection down to just the noteworthy science fiction (we have a good number of pulp paperbacks from the 50s that aren’t worth keeping) and a few other things (e.g… Vonnegut). If you’re in the area and you want a load of Camus and Sartre, let me know.
As to reading, I’ve made a pledge to myself to read as much classic science fiction (and some fantasy) as I can. I’ve come to accept that I’m old and I like old stories about spaceships and stuff.
Currently up: Swords and Deviltry by Fritz Leiber.
Maybe they are worth some money?
I didn’t have this author on my radar yet. Seems really worth reading!
If only! The reason we have them is because they were on the 50 cent rack at the used book store
If you like Delaney, definitely check out Nova, it’s simply incredible.
It’s on my Christmas list
Yes, that’s the one. I recommend it.
Just finished fledgling by Octavia Butler. What a great but uncomfortable book!
It was so interesting how she re-imagined vampire society, with themes like free-will and freedom. I wish some aspects of the book weren’t so… shocking, but it’s also an Octavia Butler book
I went on a huge Octavia Butler binge last year and read everything and it was great, although now I wish I hadn’t gobbled them all at once and had spaced them out a little better. I have no self-control at all.
I finally got to read Adrian Tchaikovsky’s City of Last Chances, since the sequel comes out in 2 weeks and I can’t stand waiting years for sequels. Not my favorite of his books, but that’s like saying that strawberry cake is not my favorite cake. It’s still really good.
The only thing stopping me from doing the same thing is my bank account and my local library’s stock…
WHAT??? ANOTHER ONE???
omg I know what to ask for Christmas then
I have not read anything by them yet, but I keep seeing them come up in multiple places from a diverse and otherwise unconnected group of people.
You have such treats in your future. Start with The Final Architecture books if you want space opera, or the Children of Time books if you want evolutionary world building.
Thanks for the tip. It is available in German in “my” library. Will try it
Edit: Has anyone read “Bilbo’s Last Song”?
OMG SECONDING THIRDING FOURTHING ALL THE INGS on the Children of Time series
And I say this as someone who absolutely hate spiders… IT’S GREAT!
I’m on a fantasy binge at the moment, and often YA fantasy at that. Just finished The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (extremely good) and shortly going to finish my reread of the first Redwall book by Brian Jacques. I have various non fiction books on the go, including some text games book by someone or other around here Not sure what my next long fiction read will be, but I wouldn’t be astonished if it’s fantasy too.
We finished watching The Fall of the House of Usher, Mike Flanagan’s newest TV series very loosely based on Poe’s short stories/poems, and it was pretty fun (the Ushers as the Sacklers!), but I realized I hadn’t read Poe’s stories since I was a teenager, so I picked up an anthology. And wow, they’re awful. I mean, I knew that Poe was the great American hack in poetry, but I had a memory of liking the stories. Now I see that’s probably because I was 15 when I read them. The melodrama! The purpleness! I could try to blame it on the 19th century, but there were lots of writers doing truly well-written scary stuff then, even if purple was in fashion.
Have you read Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast? The room descriptions from those books will come back to me in my dreams for the rest of my life. The characters are lifelike charicatures, in a seemingly contradictory combination of those concepts. The core of the story is a coming-of-age tale of young Earl Titus Groan, with many side-branches about the other inhabitants of the sprawling, labyrinthine Castle Gormenghast. The castle itself is a marvellously looming Gothic setting, with secret rooms and twisting stairways and an entire mountain range of roofs and towers.
Yup it’s magnificent. I’m part way through a reread. But want something a bit lighter going this time!
Just started with The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang.