Mount TBR update

15 September 2016

The continuing saga of all the books that shall one day fall on me and end all this blogging.
Since my last update I’ve been added :

  • Mieville, China – The last days of new Paris because all Mieville is well worth a read
  • Bengtsson, Frans Gunnar – The Long Ships reced by Wobuffat (Metafilter) based on Michael Chabon’s review

    I personally guarantee that, however infinitesimally, the world would be a happier place if this wonderful novel, in its excellent English translation by Michael Meyer, were restored to print. A tale of Viking adventure set in the 10th century, what makes The Long Ships such a delicious book is not its thrilling escapes, battles and rescues, nor its lifelike, morally ambiguous heroes and villains, but the droll, astringent, sly tone taken by the narrator toward the characters, particularly with regard to their relations to God, gold and sex. It’s a world classic of the literature of adventure, on a par with The Three Musketeers and The Odyssey, its avowed models.

    On the strength of that recommendation, I ordered a used copy sight unseen, and yep, it was totally worth it.”””

    This one I am currently reading

  • Ayrton, Michael – The Maze maker rec’d by Michael Swanswick on

    “The Maze Maker sets out to be one of those novels where a mythic figure—here, Daedalus, creator of both the labyrinth and the wings that doomed his son Icarus—is rationalized as a historic figure, and it does include a great deal of fascinating Bronze Age smithery”

  • Wilde, Fran – The jewel and her lapidary rec’d by Carl
  • Bull, Emma – Falcon rec’d by Courtney Schafer

    “I love the book regardless of its rough edges, because every character in the novel is so vividly drawn. You get difficult family relationships, betrayals, and reluctant friendships mixed in with surprising plot twists and space battles”

  • Tarr, Judith – Alamut rec’d by Courtney Schafer, again.

    “historical fantasy set in the Middle East during the time of the Crusades, and handles both Christian and Muslim viewpoints with equal grace.”

  • Walton, Jo – Ha’penny rec’d by me! because I read & loved Farthing
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    4 Responses

    1. Kailana says:

      The jewel and her lapidary is good. I read it earlier in the month! At least it is a novella, so it is a short read. :)
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      • Fence says:

        I was sure I replied to this yesterday but nothing seems to be showing… Ah well. Yes, I’ve only heard good things about The Jewel and her Lapidary. Although I have to say that the title is slightly off-putting to me, not sure why though. Maybe because I just don’t really understand what it means?

    2. Richard R. says:

      I have a sneaking suspicion that there are, in fact, more than just these books in the TBR lounge. Probably MANY more. But this lot looks so good it doesn’t matter. Bravo.