Time for another round up of books from my TBR to go through! Each week I’ll be going over a selection from my physical unread books and deciding what to keep and what to purge. There will be a third option–undecided–which I might ask for your input on why you think I should keep or purge that title from my list. You can also check out my full TBR pile here.
Killbox by Ann Aguirre
Talk is cheap when lives are in jeopardy
Sirantha Jax is a “Jumper,” a woman who possesses the unique genetic makeup needed to navigate faster than light ships through grimspace. With no tolerance for political diplomacy, she quits her ambassador post so she can get back to saving the universe the way she does best—by mouthing off and kicking butt.
And her tactics are needed more than ever. Flesh-eating aliens are attacking stations on the outskirts of space, and for many people, the Conglomerate’s forces are arriving too late to serve and protect them.
Now, Jax must take matters into her own hands by recruiting a militia to defend the frontiers—out of the worst criminals, mercenaries, and raiders that ever traveled through grimspace…
On the one hand I think Ann Aguirre writes exactly the type of books I like, even though I have yet to read any of her stuff not cowritten by herself and her husband (as A.A. Aguirre). But on the other hand this is something like book 4 and I don’t have any of the other books in the series. I think I’m just going to let this one go. PURGE
Djinn Rummy by Tom Holt
A comic fantasy by the author of Faust Among Equals and Odds and Gods. When Kayaguchiya Integrated Circuits III (Kiss to his friends), a Force 12 genie with an attitude, is released after 14 years of living with two dozen white tablets, there’s bound to be trouble.
I have not read any of Tom Holt’s books before (well, okay I have read one novella written under another name). I found this in a used book store and remember being really excited for it. After all, I do enjoy comic fantasy, I like Pratchett so I should like this. That being said, I don’t feel as excited for this now as I used to. I still kind of want to get to it at some point though? UNDECIDED
No Quarter by Tanya Huff
Gyhard and Vree have abandoned the Empire for the kingdom of Shkoder, hoping to enlist the bards’ aid in finding Gyhard a body of his own. But there are those who have more insidious plans for them–those who will stop at nothing to exact revenge upon Gyhard no matter whose body he’s in.
Over the last few years I’ve really come to love Tanya Huff’s writing. Previously the only book I’d read by her was one in this series waaaaaay back when I was in college. I’ve always wanted to finish this series and so somewhat recently (in the last couple of years) I started looking for these while out and about. I definitely plan to read these so I’ll hold on to this one and the other two in my pile. KEEP
Mirror of Destiny by Andre Norton
The Industrial Monster has descended upon Varslaad, devouring all the arable land in its path. And now, by royal decree, the displaced must turn westward toward the mountains… venturing into the perilous woodland domain of a strange and secret race. Once again, Andre Norton displays her unparalleled imagination and astonishing storytelling abilities to present a unique and unforgettable fantasy that is at once a breathtaking magical adventure, and a cautionary fable for our time. The King’s lottery has determined that young Twilla must marry – for only the wedded can survive the terrible fate awaiting those who penetrate the primeval forest. An orphaned apprentice to a renowned wise woman, Twilla will not proceed unprotected, however. For she carries on her journey a talisman of great power…an astonishing artifact that obscures and illuminates, that alters appearance and perception. But it alone cannot guard Twilla – as she weaves her way from peril to peril in the company of Ylon, a commander’s son tragically blinded by a forgotten sorcery. For the hidden peoples who inhabit the wood are also armed – possessing mystical weapons of the body, mind and spirit that they will freely wield to repel an unwanted human invasion. Now two armies prepare to do battle – and only Twilla can avert the impending bloody hostilities. For only she can rescue the vanquished of an ancient war of magicks. . .and shape the destiny of a disputed land.
I don’t know why I picked this up other than I thought I should probably try and read something by Andre Norton at some point. This isn’t the first book of a series and I don’t think I have any intention on getting to this one or one of the sequels I have so I’ll part with them. PURGE
Hero’s Song by Edith Pattou
Collun has always been happiest working in his garden. But his peaceful life is shattered when his sister, Nessa, mysteriously disappears. He sets off to find her and soon realizes that he and his traveling companions, including the feisty young archer Breo-Saight, have become involved in something much larger and more sinister than he had imagined.
I’ve only ever read one book by Edith Pattou (East – a retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon) but I loved it. When I realized she had written other books I picked up a couple and they’ve been languishing in my pile ever since. Why do I keep doing this? Ugh. But I definitely want to read this and the sequel. KEEP
That’s it for this week, 1 undecided and 2 to purge, that’s some more progress on this giant TBR pile. My running total so far:
I just have to figure out what to do with the undecideds. What do you think, keep or purge? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!