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1. Captain's Fury by Jim Butcher

reread.

2. Princeps' Fury by Jim Butcher

reread.

3. First Lord's Fury by Jim Butcher

The Codex alera series is finally brought to a satisfying conclusion. Especially after re-reading all of the books in one shot, I found it really interesating a) how many world details are still unexplained, and b) how much happens off-screen. A lot of important events (graduation, weddings, attempted assassinations, etc.) happen off-screen, and are just casually mentioned as having happened. This might bother me, except that the series was already six books long - if Butcher hadn't trimmed so carefully, the series would have had to be a lot longer. I think Butcher did a good job of focusing on the dramatically interesting events, as opposed to those important tothe characters. All in all, I heartily recommend this series.

4. Stiff by Mary Roach

Roach investigates the science and business of death. She is, as always, engaging, thoughtful and wonderful to read. Be warned, though, the book is pretty graphic in its discussion of dead bodies.

5. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

YA novel, steampunk done right. Darwinian bio-ships and mechanical walkers! Set at the beginning of WW1.




Now I'm all out of Mary Roach books to read, so I need to go get more non-fiction. come to think of it, I'm out of fiction to read, too, once I finish the Zelanzy short story book I'm on now.

I need to sit down and go through the Stephen Brust Dragaera novels and figure out which ones I have read and which I have not, and pick them all up. I notice that Indigo has none of them, but at least amazon seems to carry them.

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