So I’m going to be 100% with you here. I really just want to talk about a few stand out books from the past two months. I can’t think of good theme to link them all into besides the theme of ‘Good God Sarah Loved These’ so that is what we’re going to use.
Top of the list, Semiosis by Sue Burke which I read in October and still get the happy tingles thinking about. First things first, I think the cover of this does the book a bit of injustice, though I could see that as helping with the ‘wow’ factor at the end. With the flat back behind that curling tendril, it looks dark and a little creepy. This slightly creepy feeling truly only exists within the first quarter or less, at which point the book evolves and becomes much more. This evolution in the story is driven entirely by the characters. Each section we follow a different character of a different generation of humans who are attempting to colonize a new planet. Things aren’t looking hot for the group in the first bit and by the mid-way point you’re going to be expecting betrayal, death, destruction. Frankly the normal things you see in a lot of genre writing today. You will get so much more out of this and I cannot wait to reread this. I’m planning on ordering a copy for myself and listening to the audio book this holiday season while I take care of the heaps of busy work I have to do and I’m so excited about that. I wonder how hard it would be to convince my husband to read it too…
Next on the list is Myke Cole’s The Sacred Throne series, specifically Queen of Crows which I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about before on the blog. I just want to push again. Recently my best friend dipped her toes into the first book and my recommendation was validated so there you go. I won’t rehash the series since I have talked about it before, but I will give my elevator style pitch I used to get the first book on the Book Club’s reading list. “Girl challenges the government but for adults with real consequences, grisly death, and destruction.”
My next two favorites, though not a five star read like the two above I definitely recommend and I’ll probably talk about in another post at some point. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou and The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell were both fantastic reads, in two very different genres. Bad Blood has been getting a lot of buzz online, which I did not understand because the topic seems very much not what I’m interested in. It worked though! I promise it really did. The Wizards of Once is a Middle Grade book from the writer of the How to Train Your Dragon series that I really recommend if you enjoyed that series or even if you like Middle Grade. I especially love the illustrations in this one, they really helped the dark and cold feeling it had simmering in the background.
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