November went by quicker than I’d like, and now I’m worrying about getting my Best Of and Looking Forward To posts done in time. Sigh. Here’s hoping work slows down so I’m not so dang exhausted all the time.
Onto the novels read in November!
The Female Factory by Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter was read for the current Twelve Planets read/review a book a month challenge we’re doing this year. This is one of the 12PP books I haven’t yet got around to reading, and I wasn’t disappointed – it’s beyond excellent. This is the eleventh book in the Twelve Planets series, which showcase the talent of female Australian authors.
I don’t think I’ve come across a bit of their writing yet that hasn’t been perfect – haunting, leaving an impact, horror-filled and yet still somehow beautiful… this has it all.
My full review can be found here.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling was excellent. I have the hardcover version, and the finish is really very beautiful. Though I’d seen the film before reading, I did enjoy seeing the script as it adds tiny things here and there that I missed in the cinema, or I didn’t read the scene the same way as it was written. There are many instances of Newt showing real care and love for his creatures, and although that comes across in the film, reading it seemed to give more depth as they’re more itemised specifically. I can’t wait for more in this series!
Slipping by Lauren Beukes was a collection of stories, essays and other writing (such as poems). Each part in the collection after this is totally different, and yet utterly enthralling and manages to keep you reading though the easy way you slip into each narrative.
In this collection, though it’s sometimes hard to see through the grit and the grime and the grim nature of the narrative, there is still hope and determination and people ready to struggle for what’s right. And that’s what makes this collection so damn powerful.
My full review can be found here.
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey was a book I’ve tried to get into maybe five times before, and failed each time. Once I made a substantial effort but now that I’ve finished it, I don’t think I got more than halfway (when I was sure I’d finished it… ah well). Thanks to the television show I’ve managed to finish the book (though have only seen tow episodes) and now of course I’m annoyed at the differences in the show, even though the authors of this book are working on the show also. Like others, I wish there were more female characters in this book that weren’t killed off fairly quickly, but I look forward to the rest of the series.
A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan was fun and a joy to read. It’s so easy to fall in love with the characters and their wit, and charm, and how the books don’t fall as you would expect. I started reading this series to keep me going until the new book in the Cyclone series comes out, but you know what? Now I’m here to stay.
The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan was as above.
If Blood Should Stain the Wattle by Jackie French was one of my favourite books of the year. For me, this author can do no wrong and has been my constant companion since I learned how to read. From Somewhere Around the Corner until now, I will always pick up a Jackie French book regardless of what it’s about (though I am really excited about the next science fiction series she has in the works!) and I’m just so happy that I still have a new book to look forward to (usually more than) once a year.
November. Eh. Let’s hope December is better.