What We’re Reading

Or, In Which The Hague Atones For Last Time’s Paltry Effort

The Aeronaut's Windlass - Jim ButcherUndermajordomo Minor - Patrick DeWittBetween the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi CoatesShadowshaper - Daniel José Older

The Rest of Us Just Live Here - Patrick Ness (US edition)Doctored Evidence - Donna LeonLasting Damage - Sophie HannahIn the Beauty of the Lilies - John Updike

Trashed - Derf BackderfThe Book of Strange New Things - Michel FaberThe Art of Detection - Laurie R. KingChapter and Hearse - Lorna Barrett

The Alchemist - Paulo CoelhoBreakfast at Sotheby's - Philip HookRat Queens, vol. 1 - Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc UpchurchA Cruel Bird Came to the Nest and Looked In - Magnus MillsAncillary Mercy - Ann Leckie

Martijn: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher. High expectations (I resent those)!!  Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt.  I really liked The Sisters Brothers and with a title like this…

Daria: Still reading Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  Great read but needs time to process. Coates’s outlook is bleak at times but also very honest and thought-provoking, a gripping read. Reading his memoir beforehand was insightful.  For a lighter note to read in the evening I just started in Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older. Tipped by Tiemen. It’s a fast-paced YA fantasy about a young graffiti artist and her magical adventures on the streets of Brooklyn.  Also now reading The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.

Speaking of Patrick Ness: come skype with him on October 29th in the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam!

Simone: Doctored Evidence by Donna Leon, Lasting Damage by Sophie Hannah, In the Beauty of the Lilies van John Updike.

Jitse: Trashed by Derf Backderf.

Jesse: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber.  It’s about a pastor who goes to a different planet to preach the word of God to the locals.  It sounds crazy and it is at that, but it’s written in a very believable way.  Good book!

Maarten: Read during my vacation: The Art of Detection by Laurie L. King.  The chairman of a Sherlock-Holmes-society gets killed, a lost and recovered Doyle-story (or is it…), and a bit-cliché-procedural-plot.  The ‘reproduction’ of the ‘lost’ Holmes-story really is the best part of this book, as it should be…

Ester:  Part four in the Booktown Mystery series: Chapter & Hearse by Lorna Barrett.  Now that I’m kinda used to the, in my opinion, horrible first names of the main characters, I’m quite enjoying myself with this series.

Deborah: During my breaks I’m reading The Alchemist.

JeroenW: Breakfast at Sotheby’s: An A-Z of the Art World by Philip Hook.

Sophie: Rat Queens, vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch.  Loads of fun. Loved the art, loved the interaction, loved the characters. A Cruel Bird Came to the Nest and Looked In by Magnus Mills.  Very odd, but very interesting, and quite political if you want it to be.  Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie.  I loved the previous two books (Justice and Sword) so I am very eager to see where this one is headed, and how Leckie will finish off the trilogy.  I’m 3/4 of the way through and I’m still not sure which way the story will flip!

There are ebooks available for The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Undermajordomo Minor, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, Doctored Evidence, Lasting Damage, In the Beauty of the Lilies, The Book of Strange New Things, The Art of Detection, The Alchemist, Breakfast at Sotheby’s, A Cruel Bird Came to the Nest and Looked In, and Ancillary Mercy.