Saturday 18 March 2017

Weekend Blog Hops - 18 March 2017

Do you read a lot of diverse or own voices books? Why or why not?
I read widely; the only categories I completely avoid are true crime and chick lit. I do tend to read a fair number of works by LGBT authors, too, since many of the books I've edited fall into that category. I like to read diversely to learn new things and to see the world through different points of view. I don't actively seek to read only eclectic books, but I am open to them whenever I come across them. 
Opening sentence:
Below her are the lights of the valley, like burning jewels on a dark tide.

From page 56:
Gulls circle; the wind brings her the Bay, the tang of iron, the smoke of the fires in the cities to the east.
My Current Read

Void Star by Zachary Mason
Not far in the future the seas have risen and the central latitudes are emptying, but it’s still a good time to be rich in San Francisco, where weapons drones patrol the skies to keep out the multitudinous poor. Irina isn’t rich, not quite, but she does have an artificial memory that gives her perfect recall and lets her act as a medium between her various employers and their AIs, which are complex to the point of opacity. It’s a good gig, paying enough for the annual visits to the Mayo Clinic that keep her from aging.

Kern has no such access; he’s one of the many refugees in the sprawling drone-built favelas on the city’s periphery, where he lives like a monk, training relentlessly in martial arts, scraping by as a thief and an enforcer. Thales is from a different world entirely—the mathematically inclined scion of a Brazilian political clan, he’s fled to L.A. after the attack that left him crippled and his father dead.

A ragged stranger accosts Thales and demands to know how much he can remember. Kern flees for his life after robbing the wrong mark. Irina finds a secret in the reflection of a laptop’s screen in her employer’s eyeglasses. None are safe as they’re pushed together by subtle forces that stay just out of sight.

My thoughts so far....
I'm about halfway through this book and still making up my mind as to what I think of it. I don't dislike it, per se, but the characters really don't grip me. I'll make a final assessment when I get to the end and put up my review in a few days' time.


  1. Thanks for coming by my blog hop post, Nicki. As you noticed, I had the wrong post for some reason, but I wasn't going to change it. :)

    If you don't get back to my reply, I suggested you use the library or OverDrive since it takes so long for the books to arrive.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

    1. Thanks for the tips. I did just join my local library now we've moved closer to one!

  2. If only there weren't so many books out there we want to read! I do try to read diversely, although not as much as I would like to. I hope you have a great week!

    1. I know what you mean. So many books, so little time.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Great answer to the blog hop question and that is the same reason why I read diverse books as well. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog hop.

  4. Nice BBH answer! I agree with you on avoiding true crime! Shudders.... I also avoid the horror genre, and erotica, too. As for chick lit, well, I do like romance. However, multi-generational sagas hold no appeal for me. Lol. As for LGBT novels, I can read them as long as there are no sex scenes in them.

    Your pick for the other memes sure sounds interesting!! I LOVE science fiction! And this one sounds even more interesting, because there are Brazilian characters in it! So it's a diverse read, as well. I'm adding it to my Goodreads shelves! Thanks for featuring this book!

    Thanks as well for dropping by and commenting on my BBH post!! Hope you're having an AWESOME week!! <3 :)