Sci-fi & Fantasy reading list-September 2014


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September was another great reading month, with a new release in a series I’ve been anticipating, a pseudonym series discovery of an author I’ve already read and a couple of new books discovered via Bookbub.

The @bookbub team replied on one of my reading lists tweets last month and I ended up following them and discovering some free book offers that benefitted both me and my wife, so I want to give a shout out to them – thanks!

Also, as a quick summary to my ongoing kindleunlimited analysis, after an August reading list where kindleunlimited would have saved me $10, September would have cost me $9.99 without covering any of the books I read at all. That makes the value net zero across the past two months.

If you like my reading lists, then I encourage you to (a) leave a comment, (b) share this post, and (c) share your own recent discoveries!

Best regards, Jeff

You may also want to look at my August 2014 Sci-fi & Fantasy reading list.

Hidden (Alex Verus #5)

Benedict Jacka

I like the Alex Verus series - an urban fantasy set in an alternate modern United Kingdom - so I was happy to start my September reading with the latest book. This book focuses around Anne Walker, an apprentice Life mage that doesn't trust Alex after events in previous books. I recommend this series, but you should start with the first book if you are just discovering it.


Fortune's Pawn (Paradox #1)

Rachel Bach (aka Rachel Aaron), $9.99

In the process of reading Rachel Aaron's book on fiction writing, I discovered that she had also written and published a series under the name Rachel Bach. Fortune's Pawn is the first of the series and I really loved it. One of my favorite things about the main character Devi is her over-the-top obsession with her armor. It is an obsession that nobody can identify with, and yet you do (yours just probably isn't battle armor!)


Fortune's Pawn (Paradox #1)

Rachel Bach (aka Rachel Aaron), $9.99

Honor's Knight is the second of the series and I really loved it.


Fortune's Pawn (Paradox #1)

Rachel Bach (aka Rachel Aaron), $9.99

Heaven's Queen is the third and final book of the series. Pretty much everyone in the universe is after Devi, but as long as she has her armor, she's ready for them to bring it!


Personal (Jack Reacher #19)

Lee Child, $10.99

Someone has taken a shot at the president of France. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott—an American marksman gone bad, who has a personal grudge against Reacher —is one of them.


Shadowborn (Light & Shadow #1)

Moira Katson, $0.00

This was well written, but almost nothing good happened to the protagonist. It was testament to the writing that with an almost constant beatdown on our heroine, I still had to finish it. However, I have delayed reading the sequel even though I already bought it because I need a break with something a bit more lighthearted.


A Soul for Trouble (Soulbearer #1)

Crista McHugh, $0.00

This series had a few more rough edges in the plot, but I still found it entertaining and read through all three books. As a tip, you can read the first one for free (currently), then if you decide to continue the series, it is a bit cheaper to by the trilogy edition, which includes all three books.


A Soul for Trouble (Soulbearer #1)

Crista McHugh, $4.99

Book 2 in the series continues the story of Trouble, Loku, Dev and Kell.


A Soul for Trouble (Soulbearer #1)

Crista McHugh, $4.99

This third book in the series is the one where the plot gave me the most heartburn. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I simply couldn't buy the "misunderstanding" that jolts Trouble into her next stupidity, and had to work to ignore it and continue the book.


You may also want to look at my August 2014 Sci-fi & Fantasy reading list.

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