Shelf Control #15 & This Week in Books 30/01/19

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Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves created and hosted by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post, here.

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by N. K. Jemisin

In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded city of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow south must figure out how to save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story “The City Born Great,” a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis’s soul.

I adored Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy, even though it broke me, and I’ve been wanting to check out her other two series and whatever she brings out next since finishing it. Near the end of last year she brought out her first short story collection which I immediately snapped up and still haven’t read because I wasn’t in the mood for short stories last year, but I’m hoping to read some more collections this year and this one sounds like it’s going to be amazing.

Are you a fan of short story collections? Do you have a favourite?

 

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This week I’m joining in with Lipsy @ Lipsyy Lost & Found to talk about the books I’ve been reading recently!

 

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Now

I started listening to the third volume in Marie Brennan’s Lady Trent books, The Voyage of the Basilisk, and I’m really enjoying it so far. Because these books are set out as memoirs I enjoy listening to them so much more than trying to read them, and the narrator, Kate Reading, does an amazing job.

Then

I finally finished Siege and Storm, and all I can say is that the only reason I ultimately gave this book 3 stars is because of Nikolai. He injected some of the sense of humour I recognised from Six of Crows, which I’d sorely missed, and I’m looking forward to starting King of Scars once I pick up my copy this weekend. I just need to finish this trilogy first! Look out for my review coming soon.

Next

I need to read Ruin and Rising so I can dive into King of Scars, I don’t want to get any spoilers when all the reviews start flooding in, but I can’t deny I’m not exactly looking forward to reading it. I so wish I could be more excited about this trilogy and I understand why a lot of people love it, but I find Alina, Mal and The Darkling really boring. I’ve spent two books getting to know them now and I still don’t really feel like I know them at all. Maybe the third book will change that!

What have you been reading recently?

3 thoughts on “Shelf Control #15 & This Week in Books 30/01/19

  1. Lisa says:

    The Jemisen story collection looks amazing! I’ve come *this close* to picking up a copy… except I’m a lousy short story reader… but I really do think I should give this one a try.

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