Recaps and Upfronts – August and September

RecapsAugust was holiday month, as I had the first two weeks off from work. We were supposed to go away for about a week, but due to getting rained out and not coping very well with cramped quarters, we came home after two days. Which was sad, but also meant more reading. We did visit the Arnhem zoo and visited Paleis het Loo, one of the royal palaces, when they had a special Princess day. The girls got to wear princess dresses, make their own crown, and ride in a carriage and had a total blast. But after a rainy two weeks I went back to work and since the school and academic year starts today, everything is back to its usual routine, which is nice in its own way. 

As I mentioned last recap and have tweeted about loads, this Saturday was the launch for Corinne Duyvis’ Otherbound at the American Book Center in Amsterdam. I went there with Carola from Brilliant Years and we had a fantastic time. Corinne read the first chapter of Otherbound and then did a Q&A and finished by reading a piece from her superhero novella which will be published in an anthology at some point this year. The novella sounds like it will be really cool and I was disappointed when she stopped reading, because I wanted to know more! Afterwards there was a signing at the store and then there were drinks, snacks, and food at a great restaurant deep in the wilds of Amsterdam, where I’d never been before. It really was a fabulous time, especially meeting new people and just talking books and other stuff and yeah… I just had a great time. And then the day after I was just beat, because I’m so not used to being so social anymore. The spoons, I was all out! Still, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world and I’m already looking forward to this Saturday when I get to go to another bookish event.

That was what happened in analog life, what happened on the blog? In August I reviewed thirteen titles and I’ve read four more, which I still need to review. I’m a bit skewed on my parity challenge to myself. Right now the numbers for this year are 49 female authors, 51 male, 7 other (either unknown, non-binary, or anthology). So not too far off, but if I include the four still to be review titles, it would add 3 male and one anthology, so I’ll have to pay a little more attention in the coming months. What exactly did I review this month? Let’s have a look.

Recap
In August I reviewed the following books:

Elizabeth Fremantle – Sisters of Treason
Pierre Ouellette – The Forever Man [Blog Tour]
Tom Pollock – Our Lady of the Streets
Benjanun Sriduangkaew – Scale-Bright
Ben Peek – The Godless
Laure Eve – The Illusionists
Jared Shurin (ed.) – Irregularity
Leslie Mann – And Some Fell on Stony Ground
John James – The Fourth Gwenevere
Jessie Burton – The Miniaturist
Eric Brown – Jani and the Greater Game
Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz – The Foundry’s Edge
Scott K. Andrews – TimeBomb

I had the following interviews and guest posts:

Author Query – Laure Eve
Guest Post: Eric Brown on the exploration of change in steampunk.
Author Query – Benjanun Sriduangkaew
Author Query – Ben Peek

And these miscellaneous posts:

My 2014 Hugo Voting Ballot
Corinne Duyvis’ Otherbound Launch Event at ABC Amsterdam

Upfront
September is back to school month. Work will be crazy busy in the next couple of months, which will probably mean I’ll be reading more and actually writing reviews less, because my brain’s just too wrung out to put sentences together after the kids have gone to bed. I do have three interviews lined up and a guest posts from none other than Kameron Hurley, which I’m really excited about, so there will be lots of stuff to read on the blog, regardless of whether I manage to actually write many reviews.

This Saturday I’ll also once again go to Amsterdan and the ABC, this time for a signing and reading session with Deborah Harkness. I loved her All Souls trilogy and I’m so excited to be able to get my books signed and meet her in person. There will be online squeeing and I’ll try and get a picture with her as well. Additionally, work is running a series of lectures connected to our current exhibition in the main library called Books, Crooks and Readers: the Seduction of Forgery, 1600-1800 on the Tuesday evenings in September, which I’m hoping to attend. Hopefully, I’ll have the energy to go to all of them, because they sound very interesting.

In other words, September will be manic, but fun. What about you? Getting ready to go back to school or work? Any fun plans for September? Is anyone attending FantasyCon?

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  • Shame that your holiday didn’t work out as well as you’d hoped. That’s always disappointing. :/ But you did get a lot of blg stuff done, so that’s something!

    For me, August was surprisingly productive, blog-wise (thought not as productive as yours, I think). And I’m due to start a new job next Monday, after having lost my previous job in June, so I got to sort of enjoy having a summer off for the first time in years. Well, okay, I technically had most of summer 2013 off work, but that was due to health and surgery issues, so I’m not counting that as “time enjoyed,” really. So life is going to start getting busier for me again, and I’m just hoping that my reading time won’t get cut that dramatically.