May – July Reading

I’ve been hard at work on the next novel, another novella, and a bit more beta reading than usual, so my bookshelf paid the price. I have several wonderful reads to share below – just not as many as last time.

How about you? What good stuff have you been reading?






Novels –

  • The Killing Moon, N.K. Jeminisn (Orbit) – read it again, for reasons.
  • The Blue Blazes, Chuck Wendig (Angry Robot)
  • The Raven Boys, Maggie Stievfater (Scholastic)

Collections –

  • Conservation of Shadows, Yoon Ha Lee (Prime Books) – Oh my goodness. I love this collection.
  • Shoggoths in Bloom, Elizabeth Bear (Prime Books) –  second time around. A wealth of favorite stories in here.

Short Stories –

Non-Fiction –

  • Washington’s Spies, Alexander Rose (Bantam)
  • The Riddle of the Labyrinth, Margalit Fox (Ecco)


  1. btw, Bear’s “Mongoose” is a perennial favorite, as is “Boojum,” which was reprinted in Lightspeed recently and was in my last tbr list.

  2. I just cracked Jose Saramago’s Blindness. It’s very much lit, but it’s based on a pretty interesting premise. Not for the meek when it comes to the treatment of dialog. But, for me, it falls into the same category as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road: literary authors tackling idea-driven stories.

    • Oh interesting that you are marking that separation, Jay. I think more literary stories are idea driven that it might seem, but the “what if X happened…” is more submerged. Saramago is a really intriguing writer. I only wish I’d read Blindness before gifting it to my father in law*, and not after (I’d been giving him Booker Prize books for several years). *Not really his cup of tea. I liked it fine.

      • I read Death With Interruptions first. Another great “what if” story, though I think I enjoyed the second half better than the first.

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