What I Read In September

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Star Trek Voyager: Atonement by Kirsten Beyer. Star Trek Voyager was my first love and as such I am totally incapable of being biased when reviewing any Star Trek Voyager book. So even though these books are mostly terrible I will adamantly refuse to admit it.

However I did feel that the resolution to the cliffhanger at the end of Acts of Contrition was disappointing, especially with Beyer bringing Kashyk back, I really hoped she would have done something interesting with him. I am not the sort of person who likes love triangles but I thought a Kashyk/ Janeway/ Chakotay love triangle could have been really interesting. Or maybe I’ve been reading too many fanfictions.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. I don’t want to say too much about this in case I give away spoilers, but I was totally not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. This was also a very quick read which was nice, I finished it in two days. See my full review.

Lock In by John Scalzi. The thing I really enjoyed about this book is that it’s a story with a main character who has a disability, it’s not a story about a character with a disability. It was really well done and again, a very quick read.

The Rook by Daniel o’Malley. This is actually one of Joe‘s favourite books (remember Joe, that guy who writes here sometimes). He sent me a copy of this and it was really fantastic. You basically have this main character who loses her memory and has to try and figure out what happened to her while trying to run the fantasy version of Torchwood. It was really hilarious. I enjoyed it so much I went to pre-order the sequel but it turns out the sequel isn’t out till September 2016 so yeah, thats annoying.

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. I felt that this was trying too hard to be like The Fault in Our Stars. It was okay right up till the twist at the end which really ruined the whole book for me.

The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker. I felt that this was just a little too long but apart from that it was a good urban fantasy. Also how you pronounce Djinni really confused me because I think it’s supposed to be genie but I thought it was ginny. Yeah…

(Not pictured because ebooks are a thing.)

Twelve Kings by Bradley P. Beaulieu. I didn’t enjoy this, its not that it’s bad, there are just better fantasy books out there. See my full review.

Touch by Claire North. I requested this because I enjoyed Claire North’s other book The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, and I’m glad I did because while I enjoyed this, I didn’t enjoy it enough that I would want to buy the book. See my full review.

Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson. This is a different take on the ‘generational ship’ type of sci-fi. In Aurora we see a generational ship that actually gets to the place they were heading and what happens after. This was good but it wasn’t quite as good as some of the other sci-fi books I’ve read recently (*cough* Seveneves *cough*). It was also another great example of a story with a main character who has a disability without it becoming the whole point of the story.

So I’m going to Gollanczfest in a few weeks and since I’ll be in London I will of course be shopping for books. In the comments please leave any book recommendations you might have (especially non-fiction because I feel I haven’t been reading enough of that lately).

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6 Responses to “What I Read In September”

  1. curiousdaisies

    I was happy to hear you liked We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. I found it a bit weird overall, but still a good book hehhe. And I agree the ending of Everything, Everything nearly ruined the whole book. Happy reading!


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