As I want to support other authors, I thought I’d begin a monthly list of books I’ve read.
These aren’t meant to be in-depth reviews as those are available in many other places including Goodreads and Amazon. Rather, I hope to help readers find something of interest to them or a family member. It’ll probably skew heavily to young adults and scifi/ fantasy but I do read outside of categories/ genres too!
Anyway, here are the books for May/ June!
The List by Patricia Forde
So my worst nightmare, a world where only a list of 500 words are permitted in public use. As a lover of words, I’d tell you to just kill me now. Or I’d have to kill for Letta’s job as the Wordsmith, since she ultimately has access to all the words. Some reviews complained this book was a mashup of other dystopian novels (including 1984) but I found it was an original take on ideas related to control of communications. Would recommend as an exploration of the importance of language in shaping a society and how its people are allowed to express themselves.
Publisher: Affirm Press
Spellslinger by Sebastian de Castell
A fabulous fantasy novel with a boy who really needs to find his magic. Really, really needs to since his family are all great mages and it’s kind of awkward for them politically to have a son who is not. Throw in a horrifying shadowblack affliction, a guru who seems more con artist and guide, plus a few duels and intrigues and it’s awesome.
Publisher: Hot Key Books
This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada
The sequel to This Mortal Coil. Full of techy coding stuff embedded into humans. No living organism is free from the possibility of genehacking. If it can be coded, it can controlled. I’m geeky and like this kind of thing but I’d say this is good for young adults and grownups who enjoy a mix of technology, relationships and the deeper questions of what makes us human.
Publisher: Penguin Books