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Books Read in August, 2016 September 2, 2016

Posted by jkahane in personal.
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It’s another month, and relatively early in the month. Thus, as is my standard usage of my blog space at or near the beginning of the month, I present the listing of my August, 2016 reads.

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Books Read in August, 2016

The Alchemist in Shadows by Pierre Pevel

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard

Into the Forest by Jean Hegland

July/August, 2016 Reader’s Digest

The Forever Watch by David Ramirez

The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin (r)

Polaris Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook 1 by Philippe Tessier, Raphael Bombayl, and Francois Menneteau (RPG)

August, 2016 Locus

Wolf Tower by Tanith Lee (r)

Street Magicks edited by Paula Guran

Anchorwick by Jeffrey E. Barlough
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August was a somewhat very light month of reading for me, especially on thebasis of my usual reading level and speed, but I can excuse that as it’s summer, and I’m currently doing some rpg editing that I can’t talk about, but it was still a pretty good month of quality reads. My favourite books of the month were Jean Hegland’s Into the Forest, a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home, and is mesmerizing and thought-provoking novel of hope and despair set in a frighteningly plausible near-future America; The Forever Watch by David Ramirez, a terrific dystopian novel though you wouldn’t know it by the way it begins, but that is not a nice or happy book, but perfectly suited for our time with its grim, gestalt message about surveillance and secrets, rebels and revolutions, freedom and responsibility; and Anchorwick by Jeffrey E. Barlough, the fifth book in the Western Lights series that had me riveted for most of the read, being written in a Dickensian style, and in some ways being a great ghost story. Lovely stuff, all three of these books.

Overall, I managed to read 8 novels, 1 RPG and RPG products, 2 magazine, 0 comics, and 0 graphic novels in August. This brings the year total in 2016 to a set of numbers that look like this: 77 books, 16 RPGs and RPG products, 16 magazines, 140 comics, and 0 graphic novels.

Thoughts and comments are always welcome.

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