Friday, 10 March 2017

February in Books

After a slow start to my 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge, I redeemed myself last month. Here's what I read in February:

Deep Space by Milo James Fowler was a lunchtime read, with seven entertaining science fiction stories. I'm a huge fan of Fowler's Charlie Madison novels, so I knew I wouldn't be disappointed by this collection and I wasn't. 

Travellers by Meradeth Houston was my first read for this author. I'm not usually a fan of stories involving time travel; the plot can become confusing if not handled right. No such problem in Travellers. Houston made both the time travel and the world the characters existed in believable from the start. It also brought to the genre a rather unique take on time travel (I won't spoil the fun) and I'd love to read more adventures set in this story world.

Anchor Leg by Jack Croxall was the read of the month for me; the type of book you don't want to put down. What greater recommendation is there than that? Set in deep space, it follows the journey of a young security apprentice and her tough initiation into life aboard a space ship. What I loved about it (and Milo James Fowler does the same in his Charlie Madison novels) is the skillful way the science fiction and mystery genres are combined. This is a must-read for fans of both genres.

Defective by Autumn Kalquist was a bitter-sweet read for me. I discovered the Fractured Era series in 2015, and quickly devoured all the books. Defective, a prequel to the other books in the series, was a long time coming. Whilst the other books were set in space, I knew this one would focus on Earth and thus be a departure from the story so far. While I enjoyed the read, it just didn't grip me like the others. Also, one of my pet hates in literature is excessive use of swear words and this book featured a lot of them. Will it stop me reading future books in this series? Not a chance. It's only one so-so read and I still want to immerse myself in the world Kalquist has created.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber was my book box subscription's February read. Given the choice, this is not a book I would have chosen to read. I'm not a big fan of the fantasy genre, so I struggled with the book at the start. However, I stuck with it and I'm thankful I did. Beautiful, magical prose that left me breathless. Twists and turns that kept me guessing until the final pages. A fantastical mystery that will stay with me long after the final pages.

I ended February with 13% of my 52-reads target completed. Seven down, 45 to go.

What books did you read in February? 


  1. Thanks for the reviews. I've read other works by Houston and this one sounds good too, as do Anchor World and Deep Space. A book I really enjoyed recently was Mark Noce's Between Two Fires - I don't read that much historical, which is odd as I love history, but this was really gripping.

  2. Lots of books this month! Thanks for the review, especially--really, really appreciated!!

  3. That's a good chunk of books! Best of luck reaching your goal. :)

  4. Haven't read any of those but I always read about one book per week. Time travel is the genre of a few new TV shows this year so maybe it's a trend.

    1. I agree about Time Travel being in at the moment, and I'm glad I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone for a change.


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