October in Retrospect

Happy Halloween, and Blessed Samhain to those who, like me, celebrate it as such. It’s the last day of October, and so time to take a look back at the past month and see what went on, blog-wise.


The Doubt Factory, by Paolo Bacigalupi
Black Swan, White Raven, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Meritropolis, by Joel Ohman
The Younger Gods, by Michael R Underwood
The Red Magician, by Lisa Goldstein
Blindsight, by Peter Watts
The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin
The Lives of Tao, by Wesley Chu

And a guest review over at Bookworm Blues, where I reviewed The Free, by Brian Ruckley

10 books read and 9 reviewed! I’m not complaining at all! Most of the reading time was due to me smacking my head as I fell down a flight of stairs, leaving me with a concussion and no ability to work but still the ability to read so long as I was using actual books or my very basic-model Kindle. So I got a fair bit of reading done, and the reviews still got written, albeit little chunks at a time as I built up my technology stamina again.

Guest Posts

An excerpt from Michael R Underwood’s The Younger Gods.

Other Stuff

I did the first Release Day Regrets post, in which I highlight a few books that, for whatever reason, I wanted to read but didn’t get around to by release day. I expect I’ll end up doing more of these posts in the future, since they’re a good way to give some books a bit of a signal boost without me needing to rush and review them.

I also threw in my two cents on the Kathleen Hale issue, where an author wrote an article admitting to stalking one of her negative reviewers and sounding like she felt justified in doing so because she uncovered that the reviewer was using a pseudonym…


Business as usual, I suspect. I don’t go back to work until half way through November, so that’s another 2 weeks of resting my mind and catching up on reading. I’m aiming, as always, for 8 books read and reviewed.

As for what books they’ll be? All I know is that they probably won’t be many books I’ve gotten for review, since my Kindle broke the other day and I’m now e-readerless. That isn’t to say that I don’t have any hardcopies of books to review scattered, oh, all over my apartment, and I was lucky enough to find some books at the library that I had older e-ARCs of so I can check them off the backlog, but until I get a new e-reader (which is looking to be a Kobo at this point), my list of review copies via NetGalley isn’t looking to decrease any time soon.

But still, plenty of good books await, and now I have absolutely not excuses not to pick up some books that I’ve been ignoring in favour of books on my easy-to-carry-everywhere old Kindle.

So that’s been my month in a nutshell. Lots of reading, lots of lying around in bed cuddling cats and novels. How was your October? Got any big plans for November that I should know about?

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