I don’t often read series. I don’t like commitment, at least when it comes to reading. I like one-night stands with lots of different authors. I don’t want to get tied down.
So I surprised myself by reading not one, but three sequels in the past few couple of weeks–all middle books in a trilogy. And I can recommend all of them!
Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie: I read Ancillary Justice way back last fall (here’s my review), and to be honest, I forgot a lot of the details, so I felt a little lost diving back into this complex universe. This could almost be standalone novel, though, except for the mystery left hanging at the ending. I dug the character development and the space station setting, and I’m now eagerly awaiting the final installment, Ancillary Mercy, due in October.
Finders Keepers by Stephen King: I actually liked the follow-up to last summer’s crime novel Mr. Mercedes (review here) even better. That’s because it’s about readers and how obsessed we can get with our favorite books, writers, and characters. It’s also a page-turner — just what you’d expect from King.
Authority by Jeff VanderMeer: Wow! I tore through Annihilation just a month ago (here’s my review), and the sequel did not disappoint me. It’s very different in terms of character and style of book, but just as disquieting, atmospheric and weird. Also, there’s this one part… Well, let’s just say I yelped when I read it. Already got the last book, Acceptance, on hold at the library.
A new addition to my virtual library is the absolutely gorgeous Lists of Note, compiled by Shaun Usher, author of the fascinating blog Letters of Note.
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer is everything I liked about Lost, but much better executed. Full review on Books Worth Reading.
I absolutely loved this book. It’s got all the elements I enjoy, if done well: story within a story; fabulous settings; a writer character; the multiverse; a slipstream quality; and even Buddhism. Reviewed on Books Worth Reading.
Unexpected Stories by Octavia Butler, two never-before-published short stories available only as an ebook, is recommended for fans of Butler and fans of well-written fantasy shorts. Read my full review on my book review blog.
Trigger Warning, Neil Gaiman’s latest collection of short fiction and poetry, is recommended for readers who love creepy stories, fairy tales and well-written fan fiction. Read my full review on my book review blog, Books Worth Reading.
PS Thanks to my friend Samantha Bryant for giving me a copy of this book. Samantha has a new book out: Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero Novel. Check it out!
I have cleaned up and reopened my book review blog: Books Worth Reading. I think it’s looking very nice. Over there, I strictly publish book reviews of mostly recent fiction, some nonfiction and a few of what I deem to be “modern classics.” My goal is to aid book discovery, and I will recommend books based on specific titles or interests when asked. There will be some cross-posting between here and there, but if you love books, go check it out.