To kickstart the year I read 9 books for a total of 2,639 pages and an average of 85 pages per day.
Three of my reads were for Vintage Sci-Fi month (Tanith and Vance), though sadly I discovered I’m not a fan of Jack Vance. I did, however, pick up 13 new vocab words from him.
Electric Forest by Tanith Lee
First Sentence: Ugly stood alone before the processing machine.
Alistair Grim’s Odditorium by Gregory Funaro
First Sentence: The odd was the ordinary at Alistair Grim’s.
Press Start to Play by Various Authors
Medicine Road by Charles de Lint
First Sentence: One night, not so long ago, Changing Dog and Corn Hair met up in Sedona, Arizona, to have a talk about an old bargain they’d made with Coyote Woman.
Notable Quote: “We’re not responsible for what other people want from us, only for what we do ourselves.”
The Dying Earth by Jack Vance
First Sentence: Turjan sat in his workroom, legs sprawled out form th stool, back against and elbows on the bench.
Notable Quote: “I hate you with the hate that I give to all the world; I love you with a feeling nothing else arouses.”
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
First Sentence: If I’d known I was about to meet the man who’d shatter me like bone china on terra-cotta, I would have slept in.
Notable Quote: “…for sadness was often a more potent killer than disease.”
The Eyes of the Overworld by Jack Vance
First Sentence: On the heights above the river Xzan, at the site of certain ancient ruins, Iucounu the Laughing Magician had built a manse to his private taste: an eccentric structure of steep gables, balconies, sky-walks, cupolas, together with three spiral green glass towers through which the red sunlight shone in twisted glints and peculiar colors.
Tokyo Decadence by Ryu Murakami
The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath by Ishbelle Bee
First Sentence: In the summer of 1887, my grandfather stole a clock.