What I Just Finished Reading
The Goblin Emperor– Katherine Addison
Because Yuletide! It's also the book I read the most in 2016, with three cover-to-cover reads between February and December.
Shutter vol. 1 – Joe Keatinge & Lila Del Luca
Really enjoyed this volume. Keatinge has the mojo whereby his characters have more dimensionality than they by rights should, given just what we see on the page, and his plot has more cohesion and continuity than it by rights should, given how quickly events unfold. Del Luca's art is colorful and dynamic. Not only will I be proceeding to the next volume, I'm eager to get to it.
What I Am Currently Reading
Celtic Knotwork – Iain Bain
It's a tragedy this book is out of print. I have yet to find an author who lays out a more intuitive and effective method than Bain, whose diagrams are clearer, or whose prose is as much of a pleasure to read.
The Strangler Vine – M.J. Carter
Yes, again. In preparation for the third novel, which will thankfully (and finally) be coming out in the States this March.
The 5th Season – Robin D. Gill
Gill has published about half a dozen idiosyncratic, comprehensive, but (shall we say) lightly copyedited compendia on haiku and senryu. That said, his knowledge and enthusiasm for the form are second to none and he bothers to include the Japanese along with his translations. This volume covers New Years topics. I've had it for years and always meant to start it between the Western and Chinese New Years, and now I have.
Inda – Sherwood Smith
It's early days, but Smith is doing a bang-up job thus far of portraying the dynamics of adolescent interaction, and it looks like there is going to be a lot of meaty political intrigue and bonus language geekery into the mix. That said, I could do with out the inevitable reminder that Marlovan is “the language of war” every. Single. Time. She uses the word.
Eyes of Crow – Jeri Smith-Ready
Early days on this one too, but I'm liking the quasi-Native American cast to the fantasy elements thus far.
彼方者の困惑 – 直野儚羅 (Atchimono no Konwaku – Naono Bohra)
Featuring the cutest chibi goat bakemono you could ever ask for.
What I'm Reading Next
Several candidates here, including Trees vol. 2 by Warren Ellis, DMZ vol. 1 by Brian Wood, and the 夜と朝 doujinshi by Naifu.