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Monday and Book Recs

Time has really been getting away from me. I've been struggling with the new book, and it's finally starting to come together. :knock on wood: I had to keep writing on it, and keep jumping further forward in the plot, before I could figure out what I needed to be setting up in the earlier chapters and where all the characters are going to be. Last week a couple of major things fell into place, which was a huge relief.

I like to write books in order, learning the story the same way the reader would read it, finding things out when the main characters do. But sometimes it just doesn't work out like this. The Edge of Worlds was a PITA in same way. Both it and this book are going to have multiple perspectives, so that's an extra pain in that you have different things going on at the same time and basically have to make sure they are occurring in the same space-time continuum. This seems obvious but I've seen stories and badly written TV episodes (*cough* last couple seasons of Buffy *cough*) where there are two storylines and one is taking hours and the other takes days and they're supposed to be happening at the same time.

Plus I'm trying to get ready for the holidays. This is what I'm making for Christmas dinner again: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/paprika-roast-leg-of-lamb-with-mint-sauce.html The mint sauce is delicious and you can also make a gravy to go with it. And it's actually not that hard to do. :again, knock on wood:


Worldbuilders Fundraiser

I have a bunch of books in the Worldbuilders Fundraiser for Heifer International. If you contribute you can be entered in a lottery for tons of prizes (books, games, etc) or bid on auctions and other stuff. http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2015/12/so-so-many-signed-books-from-authors/ It's an incredible fundraiser.

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Recommend books

Does anybody have any books to recommend in comments? We used to do this here every December but lately I've been so busy and stressed I haven't thought of it. So if you've read anything this year you really liked and think other people should read, feel free to mention it in comments.
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Planetfall by Emma Newman is brilliant!

Books I have feels about this year:

Jo Walton's The Just City and The Philosopher Kings.

Rainbow Rowell's Carry On.

Charlotte Gordon's Romantic Outlaws, which is a dual bio of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley (SO MANY FEELS).

N.K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season.

Currently reading The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015, ed. Hill and Adams, and I'm really enjoying it way more than I usually enjoy anthologies.

If you'd like something more lightweight, Melissa McShane has some interesting books. So far I've read The Smoke-Scented Girl and Servant to the Crown. Servant involves political infighting over a royal library!

If you've read Kate Elliott's Crossroads (or even if you haven't), Black Wolves is set some years later, but in some ways a direct sequel, at least thematically.


The Stone Boatmen by Sarah Tolmie is a fantasy about three cities, separated by a wide ocean and centuries of time, with their own unique cultures, rediscovering each other and their mysterious common past. And it is about friendships and families and poetry and navigation and science.

HOORAY for the book's different arcs all coming together for you!

In terms of recommended reading, I really loved Naomi Novik's Uprooted, Aliette de Bodard's The House of Shattered Wings, Ilona Andrews's Sweep in Peace, and Elizabeth Hand's Wylding Hall! (I also just wrote a long blog entry about WHY I love those books so much, but really, the main point is just: I loved all four of those. :) )

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Ooh, multiple perspectives! That will be really interesting!

An interesting book I read earlier this year was "Linesman" by S. K. Dunstall. A fun SF book, quick and satisfying read. I also recommend "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet" by Becky Chambers - it's like a mash-up of Firefly, Farscape, and Star Trek. So much fun.

I also really enjoyed The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Karen Memory, by Elizabeth Bear. A steampunkish alternate-history Seattle and a wonderful set of characters.

Silver on the Road, by Laura Anne Gilman. A young woman takes to the road with her mentor in the Devil's Territory, an alt-wild-west. Very atmospheric. The first of a series - there's clearly lots still to happen, but not a cliffhanger. E-book currently on sale for $1.99.




I'm immensely enjoying the Welcome to Night Vale novel. It's a gorgeous little balancing act of fleshing out the podcast, but also creating a weird world that holds up to the requirements of literature. As long as you're on board for the weird, it's a delightful journey.

An big vote for Zen Cho's Sorcerer To The Crown, and I loved Naomi Novik's Uprooted. Oh yeah, and Last First Snow by Max Gladstone. Ann Leckie's Ancilary Mercy. NK Jemison's Dreamblood duology (been out for a while, but just read them)...Been a good year for books.

That lamb recipe looks delicious.

Other people have already mentioned several of the books I've read and enjoyed recently, but one trilogy of books that I read and really enjoyed this year hasn't been getting mentioned anywhere that I've come across - The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician and The Master Magician by Charlie N Holmberg.

Forgotten Suns by Judith Tarr is another one that I enjoyed this year.

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