My TBR: Bone 8, Beta, Mixers & Sci-Fi Subgenres

This week’s To Be Read Podcast was one of our best yet, according to commenters and feedback.

After we had a lot of fun with Fantasy Sub-Genres two weeks ago, we decided to give the same treatment to Science Fiction. Here’s episode #35. Give it a listen!

My son and I finished up Bone#8: Treasure Hunters, and tonight will be starting the final installment, Crown of Horns. It’s getting darker and more epic, but still a lot of fun.

I had to abandon Rogues, partially because I was busy with the Engine World Beta Read I mentioned (which I just finished up last night and will mention more when it’s released later this year) and mostly because of a mix-up involving a missing DVD that froze my library account before I could renew it. I decided to skip the Patrick Rothfuss (still have to read Wise Man’s Fear) and George R.R. Martin (Only finished book 2 of Song and Ice and Fire) stories in fear of spoilers (I hate spoilers). Which was kind of a disappointment because they were two of the big names that drew me to the anthology in the first place!

But I did skip ahead to find Neil Gaiman’s “How the Marquis Got Back His Coat”, set in Neverwhere‘s London Below. Loved it.

My other favorites in the anthology included:
“A Year and a Day in Old Theradane” by Scott Lynch (inspiring me to finally check out The Lies of Locke Lamora sometime soon), which had a really quirky cast trying to pull off a very unusual heist,

“Tough Times All Over” by Joe Abercrombie, which has a really hilarious chain of custody for a courier’s delivery, with the most viewpoint characters you’ll ever see in a short story, and all of them shine with individuality.

“What Do You Do?” by Gillian Flynn was creepy and disturbing, about how a girl gets into the sex trade and graduates into psychic services… which sets her up for a very troubling experience.

“Provenance” by David W. Ball, charted the provenance of a famous art piece through the intertwining stories of owners through the ages.

I didn’t skip any of the stories, but only read 10 of the 21. All of them were interesting takes on roguish characters and situations, often with double, triple, or many-times-over crosses. I intend to take it out again someday, but maybe after the Rothfuss and Martin reads, which are both hefty and won’t happen for a while. Wanted to check out the Steven Saylor story which sounded very cool (he writes Roman mysteries, which I haven’t read, but would like to).

And I’m slowly making my way through Bee Wilson’s Consider The Fork. Wow do we have it good with our various mixing devices and pre-processed grains. Pancakes required hours of beating back in Renaissance times, until one or two people were exhausted!

Yes, if you happen to buy one of these from Amazon based on my recommendation links, they’ll throw a few cents my way as a thank you. Or go get the book out of the library (I love my library), buy it in a used bookstore, or borrow it from a friend. If it catches your eye, you’ll find a way.