I read 4 books and finished 1 audiobook during April. With one exception they were all part of a series. My favorite was the book I'd saved for Dewey's Readathon and then devoured in an afternoon and evening.
Lake Silence returns to the wonderful world of The Others created by Anne Bishop. Like every other review I’ve read, I’d like to acknowledge up front that Lake Silence introduces new characters and that the denizens of the Lakeside Courtyard who we grew to love are NOT featured (Well there are a few phone calls to consult with folks from the 5-book sequence that starts with Written in Red, but they are incidental and don’t really add much to the story). Aside from the bad-guys being a bit too obviously set up to take a fall, it was an enjoyable story. I loved being back in this world where if you’re not good you will get eaten. I’m very curious to see if Ms. Bishop tries to sustain a multi-book arc featuring the new characters and the hamlet of Sproing, or if currently unnamed Book #7 moves to a different place and new folks.
A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire is the 2nd installment in the October Daye series. It’s a solid, “fae in California” urban fantasy, but Verity and friends in Ms. McGuire’s InCryptid series are more appealing and inventive. I am unlikely to continue the series since there are only so many pages that fit into a year.
Invisible City by Julia Dahl
Standalone book reaction post. Likely to continue the series
Cast In Secret by Michelle Sagara is book 3 in the Chronicles of Elantra Series. Fantasy by the yard, but sometimes that’s what you want for a comfort read. Love the multi-species world. Planning to continue the series.
Dune by Frank Herbert, audiobook read by Orlagh Cassidy, Scott Brick, Euan Morton, and others.
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain
Dune is a classic of SF. I remember being wowed by Dune and enthralled by the Bene Gesserit when I first read it (college age I think). However, as I mentioned previously, my worldview has changed and Dune now sounds misogynist and dated. I remember the sequels as being horrid and don’t intend to continue rereading the series.
On the non-fiction front
- I continued nibbling on the March selection from the Flat Book Society. I have one chapter to go in I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life I am determined to finish it this weekend because the book ran out of renewals today.
- I started a re-read of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks because my IRL bookclub will be discussing it in mid-May. I hope it will be a quick read because I haven't left myself a lot of time.
- I intend to belatedly start the May Flat Book Society read A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie as soon as I finish refreshing my memory of HeLa.
And that was my month.