Currently Reading: Range of Ghosts


I stumbled across Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear at my library when somebody returned it; we don’t have a huge fantasy collection, and most of what we do have is in the young adult section, so I was excited to find it. I’ve been wanting to read another EB book since reading Dust back in 2011. 

Range of Ghosts is the first of a historical fantasy trilogy set in ancient China/Mongolia, starring a soldier and a wizard. The parts with the wizard are my favorite; she’s an widowed ex-princess just coming into her power as a person and a magic-user, and she’s gotta deal with her family and political things and also learning magic. It’s great! The soldier is on his own journey, trying to rescue his girlfriend who was kidnapped by ghosts (for real). No doubt their stories will intertwine soon and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what happens.

Scribd has a lot of great books available, including The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin by Colette Moody, a historical romance with female pirates! I am barely into the beginning– I don’t think I’m even out of the prologue yet– but I love historical fiction and seafaring adventures and also pirates, so I’m really looking forward to continue onward in the story.

Scribd has added audiobooks! Woohoo! I think I’m going to try We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. It’s short, at only something like 5 hours, plus everyone seems to love it and I wanna get in on that.

What are you reading this week?

It’s the fall 24-hour readathon!

Today is Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and I’ll be participating! Yay!

I’m doing it real loosey-goosey this year. I don’t have a set reading pile, just my entire TBR list. I don’t have snacks set aside (though I do have food, no worries). I didn’t even bother waking up at the start time! I’m really just going to enjoy reading as many books as I can and not worry about anything. And have lots of fun, of course!

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And then…

My #lunchtimeread is: Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold

I’ve finally started my reread of the Vorkosigan saga! I loved the first eight or so books when I read them last year, and so far I’m loving them just as much this second time around. I’m currently somewhere in the last half of the second book, Barrayar, and I’m having a hard time putting my Kindle down to do things like, y’know, going to sleep at night. 

In her first trial by fire, Cordelia Naismith captained a throwaway ship of the Betan Expeditionary Force on a mission to destroy an enemy armada. Discovering deception within deception, treachery within treachery, she was forced into a separate peace with her chief opponent, Lord Aral Vorkosigan – he who was called “The Butcher of Komarr” – and would consequently become an outcast on her own planet and the Lady Vorkosigan on his.

Sick of combat and betrayal, she was ready to settle down to a quiet life, interrupted only by the occasional ceremonial appearances required of the Lady Vorkosigan. But when the Emperor died, Aral became guardian of the infant heir to the imperial throne of Barrayar – and the target of high-tech assassins in a dynastic civil war that was reminscent of Earth’s Middle Ages, but fought with up-to-the-minute biowar technology. Neither Aral nor Cordelia guessed the part that their cell-damaged unborn would play in Barrayari’s bloody legacy. (from Goodreads)

This series is so enthralling! I love scifi anyway, but I particularly love scifi when it’s wrapped around deep emotional development and whatnot. It elevates the fantastic from something merely cool, y’know?

My lunch is less spectacular: shrimp-flavored ramen. I’m a little low on eatables at the moment, though, so it’ll do in a pinch.

What are you reading during your lunch break?