I'm working on the third Raksura novella, which is a story about Moon set before The Cloud Roads, not long after Saraseil was destroyed by the Fell. It's a bit more than halfway done, and I spent yesterday re-reading and revising it, and I still like it, so that's a good sign.
If you missed it, I did a book rec post Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice yesterday (there are more book recs in the comments), and a links post on Saturday.
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Last week I also read A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan. It's set in a Victorian-like AU, where dragons are real, but very little is known about them, from the point of view of a woman who is determined to become a dragon naturalist. I enjoyed it a lot too, and as someone said, it's even more fun if you imagine it as being narrated by Maggie Smith's character in Downton Abbey.
I also read No Man's Nightingale: An Inspector Wexford Novel by Ruth Rendell
Ruth Rendell writes very dark books (A Dark-Adapted Eye is one of my favorites, about a woman who is trying to piece together the truth about a family crisis that ended with her aunt being executed for murder) and one reason I like the Wexford novels is it gives you at least one viewpoint character who isn't a terrible person who you can cling to while awful things happen. (not cozies, basically. Most of them deal with racism, poverty, misogyny, etc.) This one is about a woman vicar named Sarah Hussain who is murdered, and Wexford, though he's retired, managing to butt into the case to help solve it.
In that same vein, something else I want to recommend is the Inspector Lewis series. It's the sequel to God knows how many seasons of the Inspector Morse series, and takes place several years after Morse's death, when his sergeant Lewis has been promoted. After all the years of working with Morse, Lewis is grumpy and weird and not interested in promotion, and damaged by his wife's death, and his sergeant Hathaway is an ex-priest with a collection of his own baggage. The stories are good and the relationship between them is awesome, and it's probably one of my favorite all-time mystery series. (Like all mystery series, you do have to suspend your disbelief, because so many people are murdered at Oxford colleges and this does not cause widespread panic. If there was one murder at TAMU, the whole university would lose its shit, and if there were two, and it looked like the murderer was targeting members of one college, everyone would flee the town or call the army or something.)
There are two season on Netflix right now, and the whole series is on Amazon streaming (except for the pilot episode where Lewis and Hathaway actually meet, because Amazon sucks that way). The pilot is on the DVD that has the first season, though, which is how I finally saw it. And it looks like some episodes might be on YouTube.
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January 13th, 2014