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24 May 2013 @ 03:48 pm
TBR shelf  

I’m sure it’d be faster to take a picture, but here’s the to-be-read shelf:

Michael Carroll: THE ASCENSION, SUPER HUMAN
Neil Gaiman: THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
Sarah Rees Brennan: UNSPOKEN
Cassandra Clare: CIY OF BONES, CITY OF ASHES, CITY OF GLASS
CS Friedman: LEGACY OF KING
Nick Harkaway: ANGELMAKER
Gene Kemp: THE TURBULENT TERM OF TYKE TILER
Sheridan Le Fanu: IN A GLASS DARKLY
Ian Whates: CITY OF DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES
Pamela C Dean: THE SECRET COUNTRY
MC Beaton: DEATH OF A CAD
Faith Hunter: RAVEN CURSED, DEATH’S RIVAL
Lynn Fwelling: THE BONE DOLL’S TWIN, HIDDEN WARRIOR, THE ORACLE’S QUEEN
Ben Macallan: DESDAEMONA
Catie Murphy: STONEMASTER
Keri Sperring: THE GRASS KING’S CONCUBINE
Alan Steele: SPINDRIFT
Jane Yolen & Midori Snyder: EXCEPT THE QUEEN
Philip Jose Farmer: PEARLS FROM PEORIA
Paul Cornell: LONDON FALLING
Saladin Ahmed: THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON
Juliet E McKenna: BLOOD IN THE WATER, BANNERS IN THE WIND
Adrian Tchaikovsky: EMPIRE IN BLACK AND GOLD
Anne Lyle: THE ALCHEMIST OF SOULS
Emma Newman: BETWEEN TWO THORNS
Walter Jon Williams: THIS IS NOT A GAME
Mike Shevdon: STRANGENESS & CHARM
Michael Colby: SEEDS OF EARTH

and an assortment of non-fiction i’m not man enough to add. and a bunch of stuff on the e-reader, too, of course. all the crowdfunded stuff of the past year or two! waugh! someday! :)

I’m currently reading (heh, on my e-reader) KHAN OF MARS, a SPIRIT OF THE CENTURY novel by Stephen Blackmoore. I doubt I’m man enough to turn this into a poll, either, so if you have an opinion about what I should read next you’ll have to express it the old-fashioned way, by typing it out. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
 
irishkate: booksirishkate on May 24th, 2013 11:00 am (UTC)
Of those I think I've only read these and they were both great
Neil Gaiman: THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
Mike Shevdon: STRANGENESS & CHARM
but possibly The Gaiman book is shorter/lighter to read if that makes a difference? Though I recently reread the Shevdon book by listening to it on the kindle. I think I have his books on the kindle where I have the Gaiman book in paper.

(I may have read the le Fanu but I'm not sure)
kitmizkit on May 24th, 2013 11:10 am (UTC)
I actually also have to read Mike's ROAD TO BEDLAM before I can read S&C, but for some reason it's not physically on the TBR shelf so it failed to get listed. :) good to know it's a good book, though! And I've had THE GRAVEYARD BOOK since he signed here in what, 2009...?
irishkateirishkate on May 24th, 2013 12:13 pm (UTC)
Then I'd definitely recommend the Graveyard book. :-)

God was it that long ago?

Wow
kit: takeachance_cover#1mizkit on May 24th, 2013 02:27 pm (UTC)
Well, I had the first issue of Chance for him, so yeah. o.O
Galdrin ap Morgangaldrin on May 24th, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
Shevdon's new one comes out in another few weeks.
hawkwing_lb on May 24th, 2013 11:02 am (UTC)
Kari Sperring's The Grass King's Concubine is brilliant, Brennan's Unspoken is somewhat amazing, and Chaz's Desdaemona is kind of marvellous.

This Is Not A Game is a really good thriller, too.
kitmizkit on May 24th, 2013 11:18 am (UTC)
WJW is the only one whose stuff I've never read (of those you listed), so I have great confidence in the others and it's great to hear TINAG is good! Yay!
hawkwing_lb on May 24th, 2013 11:19 am (UTC)
Never read WJW? You're missing out. :)
kitmizkit on May 24th, 2013 11:48 am (UTC)
Yeah, when I mentioned that to other friends they all came back with different titles that they LOVED, none of which were the one I'd gotten. So apparently I have loads of good reads ahead of me. :)
hawkwing_lb on May 24th, 2013 11:50 am (UTC)
Oh, you do. You definitely do.
Lynn Calvinromsfuulynn on May 24th, 2013 01:02 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Haven't read the Sperring, but Brennan's Unspoken & Chaz's Desdaemona were two of my recommendations also.

However.
You haven't read The Secret Country!? Except you really need to have the Hidden Land and the Whim of the Dragon available.

I believe it was Whim of the Dragon that suffered one of those publishing disasters. I remember looking at my copy from time to time when used copies were going for silly prices. The Secret Country is a little hard to describe because it starts out seeming like one of those "kids go to a fantasy world" stories. And it is. Sort of.
kitmizkit on May 24th, 2013 02:19 pm (UTC)
No, of course I've read The Secret Country. Dozens of times. It's a re-read. :)
GM Ceosanna: Beastceosanna on May 24th, 2013 11:51 am (UTC)
My vote is for Lynn Fwelling/otterdance's series.
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on May 24th, 2013 12:03 pm (UTC)
I could be evil and suggest something not on your current TBR list.. (bwhahahahah)

I just picked up the Shevdon myself, and then realized I hadnt read the first two books before it.. sigh. They are in my TBR stacks.. somewheres.
kitmizkit on May 24th, 2013 02:20 pm (UTC)
And then I would politely say "Thanks for the recommendations" and in ten years maybe get to it. :)
dreamerfound: book lovewyldreamer on May 24th, 2013 12:14 pm (UTC)
Neil Gaiman: THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
Sarah Rees Brennan: UNSPOKEN

Those two are the only ones I've read. I really loved the Graveyard Book but I had mixed feelings about Unspoken though I know a lot of people have really loved it. I do still want to read the next book so there is that.

My TBR piles are crazy too. Both the physical ones and the ones on my kindle. So many good books and not enough time to read them :(
Lynn Calvinromsfuulynn on May 24th, 2013 01:06 pm (UTC)
Blinks. Stonemaster?
kitmizkit on May 24th, 2013 02:20 pm (UTC)
It's not out yet. :)
Alix (Tersa): Arwen Reading (tersa)tersa on May 24th, 2013 01:15 pm (UTC)
I noticed you slipped your own book in that list. Whyyyyyy? :)

(Other than that--I have no opinion, heh :)
kitmizkit on May 24th, 2013 02:21 pm (UTC)
Because I need to re-read it so I'm prepared to write the next one. :)
Ellen Millionellenmillion on May 24th, 2013 01:33 pm (UTC)
I hear that Catie Murphy is a great author. Her book's probably not too shabby.
kitmizkit on May 24th, 2013 02:27 pm (UTC)
According to those in the know, it's a rollicking good adventure. :)
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on May 24th, 2013 03:12 pm (UTC)
I'm a big fan of her books too. I got all excited when I saw there was one on the list I hadn't read yet...then realized what you'd done, you sly minx.
Mary Anne: pixelpers1stence on May 24th, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
Ellen beat me to the punch, verbatim. :)
ljsouthwick on May 24th, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
I would have to say Faith's books as they are the only ones on your list I've read. I had Death's Rival on my Kindle for months before I read it. Loved it! Not sure why I waited so long to read it. :-)

To say I have a book buying addiction is an understatement. I must have 300 unread titles on my Kindle. Good thing my only hardcopy books are my signed by authors collection (No Dominion included).. :-)
Galdrin ap Morgangaldrin on May 24th, 2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
My recommendations ...

Neil Gaiman: THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
Pamela C Dean: THE SECRET COUNTRY
Paul Cornell: LONDON FALLING
Anne Lyle: THE ALCHEMIST OF SOULS
Mike Shevdon: STRANGENESS & CHARM
Catherine: gingerbreadsharpwords on May 24th, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
Emma Newman: BETWEEN TWO THORNS (she's on the shelf below you on that photo I sent!)
Anne Lyle: THE ALCHEMIST OF SOULS
Both excellent though very different.

Oh, and THE GRASS-KING'S CONCUBINE too. (Yay Kari.)

Although since you haven't read THE GRAVEYARD BOOK yet, and it's been out ages, you should probably go for that first.
No Xtink is Xtink.goingferal on May 24th, 2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
I just finished Sullivan's The Red Knight and liked many, many things about it--I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel. The thing that initially struck me was the authentic ring to the battles, then I got drawn into the storytelling. It's told from multiple POVs, which has its strengths, although a few times I wanted to take out my editor's pen to eliminate some redundant info-dumping.

It might not be everyone's cup of tea--it took me about 1/3 of the book to really get hooked. The quote that I think best captures the spirit of it might be "the Black Company crossed with Camelot"...