In this post, Nephele Tempest (agent at the Knight Agency) mentions books she’s reading now, which includes Elizabeth Bear’s Hammered! She also has Rob Thurman’s Nightlife in her soon-to-be-read pile. Since those are both written by clients of mine, I hope she likes them. She invites people to mention books they’ve read recently and talks about the “need to read” and how much happier she is when she’s got a book in hand. I agree with her about that, particularly after going through a period of a little over two years where I only read submissions and felt kind of burned out whenever I tried to turn to reading for pleasure. It was a bad scene and I’m so glad I got over it.
Anyway, recently I have read the following books for pleasure:
*Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest (loved it!)
*The Year of Our War by Steph Swainston (which I expected to like far more based on the cover quotes and the Campbell nomination)
*Iron Sunrise by Charlie Stross (which I enjoyed very much but not as much as Singularity Sky)
*Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (which I just started last night)
I’m not sure what’s on deck, though I read the first 9pp of Vellum by Hal Duncan when I stopped by Random House last week and almost got sucked into it right on the spot. I also scored a copy of Naomi Novik’s His Majesty’s Dragon. But those are just the two newest books I’ve added to the to-be-read pile (which is 3 floor to ceiling bookcases and an estimated 600 books of fiction and non-fiction).
And I’ll borrow a bit more from Nephele and invite people to post here what they’ve read lately and whether they liked it or not….