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World Book Day Book Haul


So, it’s the World Book Day and you have just posted about the fact that you are having a real hard time because the writing you no longer enjoy the two quiet hours every night to read a book.
So, what do you do?
Well, after all, it being Book Day, you go and buy more books.

Which is exactly what I did, taking advantage of a small but much welcome Amazon gift card.
So here’s the list of what’s now on my Kindle, waiting for the day when I’ll be able to finally read it.

Lina Rather, The Sisters of the Vast Black – I’ve read wonders about this one, a novella about a bunch of nuns roaming the galaxy on a living ship. I love space adventure and this comes with the warmest recommendations from some reviewers I trust.

I also find it very funny that the nuns in the book are from the order of Saint Rita – as I grew up about a mile from the much revered Saint Rita cathedral in Turin.
This was actually the most expensive title in the haul – because yes, I’m cheap.

Tasha Suri, Empire of Sand – this is the first in a series, again it got some very positive reviews, and it’s Oriental Fantasy… and you know I am a sucker for fantasies set in non-Western venues.
I’ve had this in my sights for a while, now.

I follow the author on Twitter, and a few days back we discussed history books on India and the Mughal. She’s my kind of writer, and I have high hopes for this book.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Gods of Jade and Shadow – a horror/fantasy novel set in Jazz Age Mexico? What was I just saying about non-Western-set fantasies?
I’ve known so far Silvia Moreno-Garcia as an editor, and I like her work – and she rejected a story of mine, if I remember correctly, which means she’s good.

This is the first novel-length work of hers I read, and I’m pretty sure it will be surprising. And again… Mexico? In the Jazz Age? Are you surprised this one is on my list?

Rena Rossner, The Sisters of the Wild Wood – this was an impulse buy, the clear sign that the “also bought” function on Amazon does work. And really, I always did pick books based on a hunch and an intriguing cover.

The idea of a fantasy family saga based on Eastern European (Moldovan in particular, apparently) fairy tales and folklore sounded like something I might like a lot.
And so I said… let’s give it a try!
Quite often this sort of experiment leads to great discoveries.

Suzette Haden Elgin, Native Tongue – back to SF, and a pretty old book, as it was published back in 1984. A classic of feminist SF and part of the SF Masterworks line by Gollancz (I’d love one day to have the complete line on my shelf) this is a tough book both in terms of themes and writing, but is also a must read. A future repressive society, alien contact, linguistics, and the connection between language and freedom. It’s the first in a trilogy, but it works as a stand-alone (or so I’ve been told).

Ann Leckie, The Raven Tower – multi-award winning author, with a fantasy that is described as a mix between Hamlet and the Iliad. Not much to add here, but a book that promises intrigue and high stakes, and an opportunity for me to keep up with what’s happening in the field while having fun.
The premise sounds like my sort of thing, Leckie is an universally praised author, and I spent only 99 cents on this one.
Any way you look at it, it’s an absolute win.

And here you have it. A nice selection of books with much promise and quite some variety.
Now I only need the time to read them.
Have a nice Book Day!

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “World Book Day Book Haul

  1. Oh, is it? I wasn’t aware, even if with today I finish to acquire a little amount of books. Now all I have to do is wait and compare the efficiency of the postal services from various countries. I’m not going to mention every book purchased, most of ’em are from famous authors (like Anthony Trollope, George MacDonald Fraser and Richard Adams), with little or nothing possibility of discover something new.
    Maybe “Adam Robots”, a short story collection by Adam Roberts.
    By the way: around the late 2020, Native Tongue will be translated and published in italian.


    • “The efficiency of the postal service” sounds ironic by default.
      And nice to know that Native Tongue will be translated – our publishers are up to date as usual, but better late than ever.


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