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Reading Roundup: June 2024

My consumption of books has oddly slowed this past month, not because I’ve stopped reading but because I’ve started going through Choice of Games titles. They’re fantastic and fun reading experiences, but they don’t count on my StoryGraph titles, putting me down to ‘right on track’ in the quest to read 75 books by the end of the year.

All I can say is The Bread Must Rise, a story of necromancy and baking, is fantastic. Eagle’s Heir, the steampunk story of the son of Napoleon twenty years after he won Waterloo is also amazing. These are interactive fiction that read like books.

But, yeah, I also read a few books.



First Blood

I recently read The Successful Novelist by David Morrell without actually knowing what he was famous for writing. Turns out, he’s the guy who wrote the book that Rambo was based on. Really, I had no choice but to pick up the book, and wow, this guy deserves credit. It’s a powerful story full of deep characters and the painful trauma of war. Definitely worth the read.

The Eye of Winter

Jaques Smit describes this book as epic fantasy with positive psychology, and to be honest I had no idea what that meant. Now I do! This is an adventure where the characters clash at first but are coached into found family using techniques more commonly found in therapy sessions. It’s a creative take and I haven’t seen anything like it. It’s packed full of wonderful characters, over-the-top combat sequences, and satisfying relationships. Really the perfect summer read.

The Angel of Indian Lake

The Angel of Indian Lake is the last book in Stephen Graham Jones’s Indian Lake Trilogy. Jade Daniels comes back to town in a new role after eight years in prison and once again people start dying. Like the other books, I spent the whole time confused and unsettled by the seemingly unconnected and gruesome deaths. Like the other two books, Jones pulls it all together perfectly at the end. In fact, this end of the trilogy pulls everything together perfectly.


That’s all I have for you this month. I expect July to be pretty light as well. I’ve started reading House of Leaves, which I expect will consume my entire reading brain for the month. In audiobook I’ve just started Robert Jackson Bennett’s The Tainted Cup, which 30% in is some of the best fantasy I’ve read in a while. I have high hopes for the rest of the book.

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