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Open Book Thread

Always interesting to see who defriends me after I post about racism, sexism, etc...

Anyway, time for a break from the intense blog posts. Let's talk books! Last night I finished The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms [B&N | Mysterious Galaxy | Amazon] by N. K. Jemisin.

Wow. I'd heard a lot of buzz about this one, which always makes me nervous, because big book buzz doesn't always translate to a book I'll enjoy. But I have to say, this is the best book I've read so far this year, and as soon as I can remember how, I'll be recommending it for the Nebula.

Was it a perfect book? No book is. But I loved the narrative style, I loved the worldbuilding, I loved the gods and most of the characters. It was a very well-written fantasy that sucked me in and kept me up late for the past two nights to finish it.

Jemisin has the first three chapters posted on her web site. Go forth and read.

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One of the nice perks of being an author is that you get the occasional ARC or review copy. This has been a good month. Sitting on my To Be Read pile are review copies of:

I love being a writer :-) I've also got a copy of Nnedi Okorafor's Zahrah the Windseeker [B&N | Mysterious Galaxy | Amazon], which I picked up at her signing in Lansing last week.

What about you? What have you read and enjoyed lately, and what are you looking forward to picking up next?


Tags: catherine schaff-stump, marie brennan, n. k. jemisin, nnedi okorafor
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