April Reading Thread

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I’m starting April with two novels on the go – another historical murder mystery, An Honourable Thief by Douglas Skelton (Scotland in 1715 and the stirrings of the first Jacobite rising) and another fantasy, The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow (a young girl finds doors leading to adventure) – as well as a collection of SF short stories, Sideways in Time by Murray Leinster.
Of the three novels carried over from March, the historical not-actual-murder-mystery of An Honourable Thief has come to a halt, but I finished both the genre books.

The stories in Sidewise in Time (got its title wrong before!) were very much of their time with women largely decorative and/or ineffectual, and I imagine Leinster was paid by the word for a number of them, as the sheer amount of otiose repetition was terrible and I DNF'd one which just dragged on forever, but a couple of very clever stories and a couple of humorous ones meant the anthology was worth reading. I had mixed feelings about The Ten Thousand Doors of January as the voice which intrigued me at the beginning I found a little wearisome after a while, I never bought into the book she reads, and coincidence was rife as a plot device, but it was interesting and had some good touches.

After the excellent post by @williamjm up-thread on Daniel Abraham's Blade of Dreams I decided to ignore my previous decision to avoid it after struggling with the first book, Age of Ash, and I was delighted to find it was far more entertaining than Book 1 -- less world-building (though in retrospect it made a lot of sense, it was far too much for my taste in AoA) and far more interesting characters, both the two main POVs and some incidentals, not least Garreth's captain. I'm now actually looking forward to Book 3!

I also finished two other fantasies this month, Lireal and Abhorsen, books 2 and 3 of the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix -- likeable and realistic characters despite the very unreal settings, and entertaining while not overtaxing my brain!
I found Feersum Endjinn difficult at first but it became easier as I read more. Also I found it much easier when I did my Banks SF reread a little while ago (actually not quite finished as I have Transistion coming up shortly but that one never quite decided if it should be an 'M' or not). The trick is to almost read it aloud.
I did also find almost reading it aloud useful, even if it still took longer to read. I thought imagining it being in a Scots accent also helped. I really liked Feersum Endjinn.
Vertigo, i never knew Transitions was one of his SF books. I might check that out, (after i've read your review, of course).
I've never really understood why it isn't one of his 'M' books since the premise is definitely SF. It's not bad but I think it's one of his weaker SF books.
She didn't leave any special impressions on me. I read it just a week ago and didn't feel any strong emotions.

Her Earth Sea novels are good stuff and classics .

Here world also got Penguin hardcover edition. :)
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