David Cook (davidcook) wrote,
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Books read in 2017 ...

Angel of Storms - Trudi Canavan
The Rhesus Chart - Charles Stross
Magic for Nothing - Seanan McGuire
The Annihilation Score - Charles Stross
An Accident of Stars By Foz Meadows
Challenges of the Deeps - Ryk E Spoor
Uprooted - Naomi Novik
The Nightmare Stacks - Charles Stross
A Tyranny of Queens - Foz Meadows
Ninefox Gambit - Yoon Ha Lee
Sorcerer to the Crown - Zen Cho
Fix - Ferrett Steinmetz
The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemison
The Obelisk Gate - N.K. Jemison
The Stone Sky - N.K. Jemison
Raven Strategem - Yoon Ha Lee
Kaleidoscope Century - John Barnes
The Many-Colored Land - Julian May
The Golden Torc - Julian May
The Nonborn King - Julian May
The Adversary - Julian May
Intervention - Julian May
Jack the Bodiless - Julian May

The last 7 books on the list are re-reads, which is something I hardly ever do. If I only have time to read 20-odd books in a year, I generally want them to be something new.
I chose those books for re-reads for different reasons - the Barnes, because I remembered that he wrote a few books dealing with "meme wars" (not the kind we get on the Internet these days :) ), and wanted to see if how his world compared to our one.

Unfortunately, I think I actually wanted to read "Orbital Resonance", the first book in the sequence, because the main thing I noticed about Kaleidoscope Century was how unlikeable the main character was, and how rapey (and sexist and racist) it was.

Hearing about Julian May's death in 2017 prompted me to see if those books were still worth reading - and broadly speaking, the answer was yes indeed. Intervention was a bit slow-moving after the Saga of the Exiles, and now that I'm in the final book of the Mileau Trilogy I'm not 100% sure if I've read them all before - in the Saga, I had at least a vague idea of the main plot lines, but I'm not getting the same feeling in the later books. But they're all enjoyable reads and I've had a few late nights reading them lately.

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