Books read in 2023

38  The Warrior’s Apprentice, Lois McMaster Bujold (re-read) (e)
37  Nimona, ND Stevenson (graphic novel)
36  A Queer Trade, KJ Charles (A Charm of Magpies World #2) (e)
35  Rag and Bone, KJ Charles (A Charm of Magpies World #3) (e)
34  Jackdaw, KJ Charles (A Charm of Magpies World #1) (e)
33  The Grand Sophy, Georgette Heyer (re-re-&-read) (e)
32  Spring’s Arcana, Lilith Saintcrow (The Dead God’s Heart #1) (e)
31  Emily of New Moon, L.M. Montgomery (e)
30  Witch King, Martha Wells (e)
29  This Immortal, Roger Zelazny (re-read) (e)
28  God Stalk, P.C. Hodgell (re-read) (e)
27  The Fair Miss Fortune, D.E. Stevenson (e)
26  Who Cries for the Lost, C.S. Harris (Sebastian St. Cyr #18) (e)
25  Charlie All Night, Jennifer Crusie (re-read) (e)
24  A House With Good Bones, T. Kingfisher (e)
23  The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting, KJ Charles (re-read) (e)
22  Like a Thief in the Night, KJ Charles (e)
21  Hellspark, Janet Kagan (re-re-re-&c-read) (e)
20  The Soulmate Equation, Christina Lauren (e)
19  Artfully Yours, Joanna Lowell (e)
18  Bridge of Birds, Barry Hughart (re-re-&c-read) (e)
17  The Magician’s Daughter, H.G. Parry (e)
16  The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen, KJ Charles (Doomsday #1) (e)
15  A Conspiracy of Truths, Alexandra Rowland (e)
14  A Tangled Web, Lucy Maud Montgomery (e)
13  Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-&c-read) (e)
12  It Takes Two to Tumble, Cat Sebastian, (The Sedgewicks #1) (e)
11  Faking It, Jennifer Crusie (e) re-read
10  Getting Rid of Bradley, Jennifer Crusie (e) re-read
9   Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (e) re-read
8   Masters in this Hall, K.J. Charles (Lilywhite Boys) (e)
7   Storm Echo, Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling Trinity Book 6) (e)
6   Magic for Marigold, L.M. Montgomery (e)
5   The Harbors of the Sun, Martha Wells (Raksura #5) (e)
4   The Edge of the World, Martha Wells  (Raksura #4) (e)
3   The Blue Castle, L.M. Montgomery (e)
2   The Raven Tower, Ann Leckie (e)
1   Salvage Right, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Liaden Universe® 25) (unedited manuscript) (e)

5 thoughts on “Books read in 2023”

  1. Have you tried T. A. White she has written SF, Fantasy and Vampire.

    Since you read Lois McMaster Bujold did you ever try her Sharing Knife series. I think it was as good or better than the Vorkosigan series, it is fantasy.

  2. Nope; this is the first I’ve heard of T.A. White.

    And also nope on the Sharing Knife. I don’t think I’ve read all the Vorkosigan books. Warrior’s Apprentice happened to come up on my Kindle, and I remembered, vaguely, that it had been OK, though a little of Miles goes a LONG way. (Many people compare the Liadverse to the Vorkosiganverse, as if they were slices of the same cake. This is, um, unfortunate. Both are their Own Thing, and not necessarily much alike at all. Except, yanno, spaceships, space adventure — like that.) Haven’t been motivated to pick up the fantasies.

  3. read all the Vorkosigan books but still think the first one Shards of Honor about Cordelia is the best one. I did like that Miles isn’t physically perfect. I never thought Liadverse was anything like Vorkosigan universe. We seem to have read a lot of the same authors and was grateful for you introducing me to C S Harris

  4. Sorry, wasn’t meaning you personally. It’s just that over the years, I’ve seen Vorkosigan readers point Liaden readers to Their Sort, and vice-versa, as being “just like.” The occasional folks who come back to report from both directions that, NO, they’re not, aren’t wrong.

    My first Miles book was Brothers in Arms, which I picked up blind, knowing nothing of Miles or Mark or any previous events. I thought it was the funniest SF book I’d ever read. Really, I cried, I laughed so hard. Subsequently, I found out that these folks were actually in earnest, and I haven’t dared re-read Brothers in Arms, now knowing it was all serious.

  5. There is a lot of overlap of readers who like the Liaden Universe and readers who like Bujold in my neck of the reading world.

    One possible reason may be that you both claim Heyer as an influence and write stories that resonate long after the books are closed. I have very successfully intro’d both of you to my Heyer reading group. 🙂

    I would never say you are writing the same kind of SF but you both appeal to what a particular type of reader looks for. Themes like family, found family, societal upheaval, war and the impact on the individual, insularity, consequences of technological progress, etc.

    You might find the Sharing Knife tetralogy interesting because it explicitly deals with how people in a split society learn to (or not) deal with cultural differences when avoiding each other is no longer possible. It’s also an experiment in the sense that the first 2 volumes are more romance-friendly and the last 2 are more changing-society-focused. Her GoH speech at Worldcon in 2008 addresses that bit quite in depth iirc.

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