What we read in August

Ancillary Justice by Ann Lecke

This book won pretty much every award last year.  Turns out they were right. If you like Le Guin and M. Banks you are probably going to enjoy this. It’s always terrifying to read a hyped book as it’s bound to disappoint but this time you’ll be fine. Honest.


Abattoir Blues by Peter Robinson

Hmm, couldn’t find anything to read so grabbed this off the shelf. (Working in a bookshop has its advantages.) It was OK, I read all of it, liked the characters, if I’m honest I’m writing this a month later and I can’t remember the plot. So…

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I saw a recommendation of this by Emma Watson on Twitter so I ordered it knowing nothing about it but I still hadn’t found anything to read and was getting desperate. I started to read it and was horrified, it was so Walt Disney it was silly, I could practically hear the bluebirds singing on my shoulder. I put the book down. I was bored and had nothing to read so I decided that two pages wasn’t fair and tried a few more pages. By chapter three I had ordered the second book. It may have started Disney but it wasn’t long before someone shot the bluebirds.


Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Yep, book two was just as good and I tore through this one as well. The downside is that she is a new writer and this was hardback.  Book three isn’t even on the horizon.

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

Sympathetic and funny story about a very clever man who sees the world in a very literal light.  With the help of his wife he tries to come to terms with the idea of fatherhood. It’s very sweet and full of problems. There are lots of laughs but never at the central figure just the scenarios he finds himself in.

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