There’s no leaning pile post today since I bought no books this past week, and the only review copy I received was a second copy that I’m now giving away. Over the next week I will hopefully have at least two reviews since I have one draft and another halfway written (for Badass: The Birth of a Legend by Ben Thompson and The Hero Strikes Back by Moira J. Moore, both very fun books).
I’m reading Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente, which is coming out on Tuesday, and I’m hoping to have a review of that sometime next week as well but we’ll have to see about that since I haven’t even finished it yet. Right now I’ve read a little more than half of it, and it is fantastic so far. It’s based on the Russian folktale of Koschei the Deathless, and it’s different from Valente’s other two books I’ve read, mostly because the prose isn’t as elaborate and it’s more of a straightforward tale (although it is still beautifully written; it just has a lot less description and imagery and more dialogue than her other two books I’ve read). I loved The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden and I also really enjoyed The Habitation of the Blessed, but Deathless is in the running for being my favorite of the three if the rest of it is as wonderful as the first half (I do have a real soft spot for fairy tale retellings and stories based on myths and legends).
I’m undecided as to what I’ll be reading and reviewing after that one. Since I’m reading a review copy now, I’ll read a book that’s not a review copy. Right now I’m leaning toward reading Eon by Alison Goodman, but I might read The Quantum Rose by Catherine Asaro since the new books Carnelians is coming out in October and I’d kind of like to get caught up with the series before then (or at least caught up with the books I should read before that one since I still haven’t read two of the prequels).