Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Books Received in January, 2017

Many, many thanks as always to the amazing publishers that send me books for review. I can't read all of them, but I do try.

The City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett - This is the final book in the Divine Cities trilogy. I have loved every book in this series. This book is brilliant, and beautifully wraps things up. It's out in May, and my review (already written) will be published a week or two before it's release.
Revenge. It’s something Sigrud je Harkvaldsson is very, very good at. Maybe the only thing.

So when he learns that his oldest friend and ally, former Prime Minister Shara Komayd, has been assassinated, he knows exactly what to do—and that no mortal force can stop him from meting out the suffering Shara’s killers deserve.

Yet as Sigrud pursues his quarry with his customary terrifying efficiency, he begins to fear that this battle is an unwinnable one. Because discovering the truth behind Shara’s death will require him to take up arms in a secret, decades-long war, face down an angry young god, and unravel the last mysteries of Bulikov, the city of miracles itself. And—perhaps most daunting of all—finally face the truth about his own cursed existence.

Big Buttes Book: Annotated Dyets Dry Dinner (1599), by Henry Buttes, with Elizabethan Recipes by Michelle Enzinas - I got this through a Library Thing giveaway, and it was pretty interesting. If you're interested in Elizabethan or medieval/renaissance cooking, it's got a fair number of recipes, information on humour theory, and more. You can read my review of it here.

From Ice to Ashes by Rhett Bruno - This kind of reminds me of The Expanse, the first book of which is sitting on my to be read pile.
A humble laborer is caught in the tensions between Earth and Titan, the now-colonized moon of Saturn, in a standalone novel set in the universe of Titanborn (“Sci-fi noir at its finest!”—David Simpson, author of the Post-Human series). 
Kale Drayton knows his place. As a Ringer born on Titan, he’s used to keeping his head down and his mouth shut—no matter how much the Earthers abuse him or his own kind berate him. So when he’s caught stealing from a wealthy merchant, he’s lucky to be sentenced to low-paying maintenance work on a gas-harvesting ship instead of life in a cell . . . or worse.

The Vindication of Man by John C. Wright - This is the fifth book in his Count to the Eschaton Sequence.

The Vindication of Man is the epic and mind-blowing continuation of John C. Wright's visionary space opera series surpasses all expectation. 
Menelaus Montrose, having renewed his enmity with his immortal adversary, Ximen del Azarchel, awaits the return of the posthuman princess Rania, their shared lost love. Rania brings with her the judgment of the Dominions ruling the known cosmos, which will determine the fate of humanity, once and for all. Vindication or destruction? And if it is somehow both, what manner of future awaits them?

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