December Open Thread

December 1, 2013 Open Thread 8

Just like that – BAMF! – it’s December. Oh, 2013, where did you go?

Read a book with a marginalized character you want to recommend? Run across a terrible portrayal you want to warn others to avoid? Just want to rant about the general state of the genre? Buy a bunch of books on sale and want to confess your sins?

Let ‘er rip in the comments. Nothing is off topic, but no promo, please.

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An ice hockey fan from north of Boston and the genre's most beloved troll, Ridley enjoys reading contemporary and historical romance, as well as the odd erotica novel. As someone who uses a wheelchair, she takes a particular interest in disability themes.

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8 Responses to “December Open Thread”

  1. Ridley

    So, this time last year, I bought 34 books in a Thanksgiving sale. I read 14 of them and DNF’d 1. I really enjoyed In His Eyes by Emmie Dark, Restraint by Charlotte Stein and Back to the Good Fortune Diner by Vicki Essex.

    This year I managed to contain myself and bought nothing. With 250+ unread books on my reader, I have plenty to work with.

    I’ll tell you, though, after reading Harmony, I keep looking at my books and getting sad that they’re not set in the 1920s. I want more!

  2. Merrian

    I haven’t read it yet but bought a book yesterday, it is set in 1920s London with a Chinese Heroine “The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo” by Zen Cho it was $3.15aus on Kobo

  3. Merrian

    I also bought the second book in Andrea Host’s Fantasy with strong romantic elements series. The books are set in Darest a country struggling economically and with the threat of avaricious neighbours and under a curse. The first one is ‘Champion of the Rose’ the new one is ‘Bones of the Fair’. Both key romances are het but the cultures are LGBTQ friendly with poly and pan marriages and Princesses with wives and women with careers in a fantasy medievalesque culture. One of the possibilities that CotR ends with is the King and the male Regent marrying to resolve claims and consolidate power. One of the metadata tags for the books is ‘strong women’. I don’t want to give away the ending of the ‘Champion of the Rose’ but it is about disability and bodily autonomy – the heroine who is the Kingdom’s Champion takes a risk that is about future safety of the kingdom but puts her body on the line and the life of her unborn child with it. I’ve just started to read ‘Bones of the Fair’.

    In some ways I would call Andrea’s stories NA and I take pleasure in her being an Australian writer.

  4. Ridley

    @Merrian: I’ve heard good things about that author. I think Keishon over at DA is a big fan. Is there a particular book I should start at?

  5. Merrian

    @Ridley: Look on Smashwords\Amazon for most of her stuff – she self pubs. A standalone SF ‘And All the Stars’ the Fantasy duo I mentioned above or ‘Hunting’ a single title Fantasy story.

    I liked her ‘Touchstone’ series but they are deep first person POV to show Cassandra’s alienation from the culture and people she ends up amongst. That is important for the development of the story but also means Cassandra comes over with a strong dose of MarySue – not something I would call Andrea’s other heroines.

  6. Merrian

    @Merrian: I was thinking about why I said this about Cassandra and some of it is about how she negotiates agency when she has little. I actually liked that – even with super powers she wasn’t powerful because of how things work and because of being an outsider.

  7. Liz Mc2

    I was looking at my book sale shame post from last year. I picked up about 15, and I have read 4. More shame! (One was Vicki Essex’s, which I also enjoyed). So I tried to show restraint this year. I gave up book buying for Lent and that did help me control my buying for much of the year, especially of things I was picking up just because they were cheap. But in the last few weeks I have been tempted by sales. I tried to stick with old favorites in a new format, audiobooks I’m likely to listen to more than once, and books I really want, rather than browsing and buying just because books are cheap. Because my TBR is fast approaching “more than I can read before I die” levels.

    I am off romance and having a mystery binge. When I’m a certain kind of stressed/depressed, romance happy endings seem to be the opposite of comforting, but solving a puzzle and catching a bad guy hits the spot. (Although I’m doing OK with romantic suspense, which is low on the sugar).

  8. Ridley

    @Liz Mc2: I ended up using a Kobo coupon and buying more books, because I’m incapable of making good decisions.

    I got:
    Short Soup by Coleen Kwan
    Stealing Kisses by Harmony Evans
    The Seduction of Moxie by Colette Moody
    The Wrong Man by Delaney Diamond
    The Sleeping Night by Barbara Samuel
    The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo by Zen Cho