Top 10 Books Read in 2021

Back in Halfway Haverings, with a perfectly respectable draft Top 10 already extant off of 72 books, I said there was probably a reading lull coming. As a forecast goes that was about as accurate as, well, every other type of forecaster going. There was a reading storm. Now that I’m at 200 books – […]

The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold

(moderate spoilers, major spoilers for prior books in series) I had intended to read the Vorkosigan Saga in publication order for the experience of seeing Lois McMaster Bujold grow. That lasted as long as it took to discover Miles Vorkosigan, then discover my planned route would not give me more Miles immediately. Once I understood […]

Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold

(mild spoilers) I’m never sure how much to frame a review within one’s own idiosyncrasies. After all, I have a small audience, most people here know me. I don’t want to bore them. I don’t want to make assumptions eithe though. In any case, to properly hammer home my reaction to Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois […]

Shards of Honour by Lois McMaster Bujold

(moderate spoilers) The original start of this review was me accusing Bujold of crimes against her readers for having only one book with Cordelia as a lead. There are, of course, two. But bear with me. I’m a newbie to the Vorkosigan saga; that’s why I’m reviewing Shards of Honour after all. Rest assured I […]

Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold

(mild spoilers, particularly for Penric’s Demon) The last time I wrote a Penric review I said Bujold wrote like I would sell my soul to. Since then, I have reconsidered my opinion. It’s a pretty big thing to do after all. I would sell your soul though. This is probably the wrong attitude for a […]

Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold

(Mild spoilers) The first thing you should know is that I am an ideal Bujold reader, and Bujold an ideal Peat author. Our ideas on what makes great prose, great stories, great characters, and so on, seem to align perfectly. What flaws she might possess as an author – I’m tentatively prepared to admit there’s […]

Top 10 Books Read in 2020

I would call 2020 a weird reading year for me, save that looking back at past reading years suggest it was actually very in keeping. I read a handful of new books that changed the way I read about the genre and otherwise struggled with new fiction, preferring instead to keep re-reading. I’d like to […]