July 2nd, 2021


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Friday reading

Middlemarch, by George Eliot
Riding the Unicorn, by Paul Kearney
The Separation, by Christopher Priest
Raybearer, by Jordan Ifueko

Last books finished
Cemetery Boys, by Aiden Thomas
The Monster's Wife, by Kate Horsley
Light, by M. John Harrison
The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje

Next books
Empire Games, by Charles Stross
The Kingdom of Copper, by S. A Chakraborty

Roger Zelazny's The Dawn of Amber: Book 1, by John Gregory Betancourt

Second paragraph of third chapter:
Without hesitation I unbuckled my swordbelt and slid into the seat across from her, balancing my weapon across my knees. My fellow passenger was strikingly beautiful, I found, with long dark hair and a wide, almost familiar face. Thin nose, full lips, strong chin––
The first of the prequels to the late great Roger Zelazny's Amber series, published in 2002 but I only got around to it as part of a Humble Bundle a few years back. I had been warned that the prequels were terrible; actually while the first book is not superb, it's not awful either. Our viewpoint character is Oberon, future father of the Nine Princes of Amber, who is pulled from a career as mercenary (his girlfriend killed off before we even meet her properly) by his mysterious father Dworkin, for magical dynastic plotting with his brothers and sisters. It's a bit flat, compared with the heights of the original, but I'll persevere with the series. You can get it here.