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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!

Note:
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.

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