I am so glad April is over! It was a month full of exams and it was pretty stressful… The worst thing is that, it wasn’t even my finals: I’ll have the same horror at the end of June.. (Guess what? My birthday is the day I start my finals. I am sooo glad.)
Anyway, because of that, I didn’t manage to read as many novels as I would have like. However, I read a pretty good number of short works, 51 to be exact, so I am happy about that at least. Almost half of them I read from The Year’s Best Science and Fantasy volume 10 edited Jonathan Strahan that I received for review from Netgalley. So far, it is a very good collection but expect a review closer to the release date (beginning of May)!
I am behind on reviews and I don’t know if I’ll be able to catch-up on everything… I won’t review Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Stiefvater because I want to do a review of the whole series in May!
- Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente ★★★ 1/5
- The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi ★ 1/5
- Bald New World by Peter Tieryas ★★★★
- Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★
- The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch ★★★
SFF magazines/collection of short stories
- Clarkesworld issue 155 edited by Neil Clarke ★★★★
- Nightmare issue 37 edited by Wendy N. Wagner ★★★★
- Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee, edited by Aliette de Bodard – DNF’d at 35 (after five or six stories)
- Interzone issue 263 ★★★★ 1/2
- Nightmare issue 43 edited by John Joseph Adams ★★★
- Monstrous Little Voices edited by Jonathan Barnes ★★★★
Favorite read of the month
I read some good books but they weren’t that memorable infortunately. I think that the thing I prefered reading this month probably was Interzone #263 because so far I think that it might have been the best SF magazine I managed to read! I really loved the fiction but the essays (especially Nina Allan’s one) and the book reviews were amazing!
As I mentionned before, I did not finish Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee. I read about five or six stories and, I do find her writing beautiful, however, all the stories were pretty confusing and I didn’t want to force myself to finish this collection. I still look forward to her upcoming novel, Ninefox Gambit coming out in June from Solaris but I don’t think that her short fiction is for me…
Currently Reading & May Reading Plans
I am currently reading three books, Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer, The Year’s best Science Fiction and Fantasy volume 10 that I mentionned earlier and The Man In the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. For now, I am enjoying all three so that’s pretty good! 🙂
I would also like to read Central Station by Lavie Tidhar and Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay that I both need to read and review asap!
I bought a good number of books recently and I would like to read the majority of them pretty soon but I don’t know which one I’ll be starting first, probably The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater but I am not 100% sure.
What about you? How was your month? Any great books?