I finally read SJM’s new Crescent City series, plus a wildly entertaining Dark Academia and more.
The Club by Takis Würger
An unexpectedly amazing read (and listen! I listened to this one), The Club is everything you’d want from a dark academia novel set in Cambridge. It’s full of crazy rich elite people doing crazy rich elite people things. A quick, delightful read I really recommend!
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
A solid and impressive work of science fiction, Ancillary Justice reminded me of some of my favorite works by Ursula K. Leguin and Arkady Martine. The creativity of the premise drove the entire conceit of the book, and produced an absorbing, interesting experience. I mean, spaceship AI that is put into humans’ bodies and then cut off from the main ship? Some people’s minds re amazing, man.
Crescent City #1 and #2 by Sarah J. Maas
There is no NA fantasy magic like SJM magic. This series is expertly crafted and had complete control of my emotions. I really like SJM’s take on modern fantasy and am in awe of her ambition to weave her series together. And the romance is always, always perfect.
Great Classic Science Fiction by H.G. Wells
This was very hit or miss. Some of the stories were really interesting, but a lot of them suffered by virtue of being “classics”. Science fiction has come a long way since the sixties, and it’s clear from these stories. Not only are the imagined scenarios and technology outdated and a little absurd, but what once would have been considered philosophical depth now seems surface level and brittle. I’m definitely a huge advocate for the modern Science Fiction gods á la Ursula K. Leguin, Wiliam Gibson, Andy Weir, and more. Perhaps reading the fantastic Ancillary Justice close to this put it all into even more contrast.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
I thought this was a lovely little novel. Sweet and life-affirming, it reminded me a lot tine-wise of The Alchemist. In particular, there was a section at the end that really caught my emotions unaware. People can be so beautifully, painfully kind. Overall, however, the novel dragged at times and really likes to hit the reader over the head, similar to The House on the Cerulean Sea.