Reading Update 5/19/2014

May is more than half over, and I’ve made good progress on the novels I planned to read this month.

I finally finished A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin and immediately started the sequel A Clash of Kings. So far it’s a breeze to read and so much more fun than the first book. I’m completely hooked.

Halting State by Charles Stross was an intriguing if somewhat confusing read, and I only made it to the 50% point before my e-library loan expired. The book is brilliant and relevant given present day advances with Oculus Rift, but I had trouble following the action with its changing character perspectives. A video game programmer hired to help with an investigation is my favorite character, and I might renew the book later to see what happens to him.

I’ve started Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie and plan to restart The Drowning Girl by Caitlín R. Kiernan next week.

I’m also enjoying a preview of the 2013 Locus Reading List’s fantasy section through Kindle samples. I hope to browse the entire list by the end of summer and discover some new favorites. I found Neptune’s Brood (also by Charles Stross) this way, and it’s easily my favorite book from 2013.