Review copies arrived

Six books, one cat.

Six books, one cat.

Courtesy of Gollancz. Michael Moorcook, KANE OF OLD MARS and A CORNELIUS CALENDAR. Mark Alder, SON OF THE MORNING. Ursula K. LeGuin, THE UNREAL AND THE REAL VOLUME 2: OUTER SPACE, INNER LANDS. Andrzej Sapkowski, BAPTISM OF FIRE. Den Patrick, THE BOY WITH THE PORCELAIN BLADE.

It’s a little unusual to get a parcel from Gollancz. Especially when I haven’t been asking them for a specific title.

Books in brief: Carey, Dare, Rutkowski, Sapkowski, Taite

Marie Rutkoski, The Winner’s Curse, FSG, 2014.

Written about this one with Stefan Raets at Tor.com. A lot of fun, but flawed.


Carsen Taite, Beyond Innocence, Rush, Slingshot, and Battle Axe. Bold Strokes Books, ebooks, various years.

Lesbian romance. Not SFF, and I was deceived to the extent of the role played by mysteries. The latter two have more better mysteries, and are more enjoyable. Not particularly great quality, but not notably terrible either.

Tessa Dare, Romancing the Duke. Ebook, 2014.

Regency romance. Slight, but entertaining. Also, fandom jokes. Recommendation came via Tansy Rayner Roberts.

Jacqueline Carey, Santa Olivia. Grand Central, 2009.

I hear a lot of people referring to this as YA. It doesn’t feel like YA to me at all. But it is really good. All about oppression and life and comings of age in multiple directions. Also boxing. It is big on the boxing. Recommended.

Andrzej Sapkowski, Blood of Elves. Gollancz, 2008. Translated by Danusia Stok.

Interesting. I’m not sure I’d stick with the series if I hadn’t played the videogame. It seems fairly so-so, a little bit too clearly pulling from RPG roots. And not great at its female characters. On the other hand, it does have a certain something…