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Not being a paid account I can't make a poll - not that many people read me anyway, heh, but I am quite proud to have read quite a lot of books and short stories this year, even though I have troubles with my right cornea. I loved it when meganbmoore did it last year, so this year I wanted to do it for myself (and see if I read much less... looking at the list I can't think I did, actually). Manga/manhwa are not included.

The overwhelming majority of these were new reads and ebooks. We have fantasy, science fiction, non-fiction, romance of various versions, erotic romances of the straight and m/m variety as well as menage.The books are listed according to grade, from best to worst (A+,A- to D and DNF):

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In honour of Sharon Lee's idea of making June 23rd Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer's Day, I'd like to give tribute to the amazing female sf&f writers I have increasingly discovered since the 90s and especially the ones I've discovered and had contact with in the last two years (Aside: all hail the internet!).




Elizabeth Wein )

You know, I can see I won't be able to cover all the ladies today, so I'll be turning this into a series as time permits.

~ originally posted at bookish.net
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And posted this on the dawbooks community

I so love the fact that Bren-paidhi is back on his world again. I understood the need for the shake-up through the human ship coming back, so that we had initial problems in the first trilogy and the balance that existed had some way to change and a reason for new experiences for him, but the necessary time taken to explore the ship story and the journey into space was ... well... from the plot like a lot of other science fiction stories.

Conspirator (Foreigner #10) (Foreigner)


The reaction of the characters of course was excellent and putting in viewpoints of aliens who had never been in space themselves and brought their own society and customs along and had to live much closer to humans than ever before (since the War of Landing) was good. But I really didn't need another alien race (who obviously will turn up at some point, hmmm).
... )

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