Before I packed myself off to Nine Worlds this year, I set myself a little reading list that I hoped I could conquer before attending. However, setting myself the task of reading 3 books in only 4 days was clearly not the most realistic of goals but I did read 2/3 books and was donated two amazing trilogies by fellow 9W attendees which I also want to share with you!
Reading List Books
The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard – ★★★★★
Holy crap did The Tea Master and the Detective blow me away. I had heard so many great things about this novella and was very intrigued by the descriptions of it as a Sherlock Holmes retelling where Sherlock is an Asian woman and Watson is a mindship. It’s set in a futuristic Vietnamese setting that is so richly described by de Bodard that it jumps out of the page and surrounds you within the exquisite world that she has constructed. I’m not a fan of Sherlock at all but that didn’t affect my ability to enjoy the novella at all as although it is very Sherlockian it is also very distinct from Sherlock. My favourite character was definitely the shipmind, The Shadow’s Child. I love anything with explores AI so imagine my joy when I discovered that The Shadow’s Child is an organic brain implanted into a ship and has a storyline which explores narratives around PTSD, depression, and anxiety. I’ve never read anything by de Bodard before but she has definitely become an auto-buy author for me after this stunning book.
Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng – ★★★★
If you’re a fan of A Court of Thorns and Roses/The Cruel Prince and/or Jane Eyre/The Miniaturist then I highly, highly recommend you read Under the Pendulum Sun. I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this as I picked it up purely on the combination of Jeannette and that stunning cover, but I sure as hell wasn’t expecting this! Jeannette has skillfully crafted together this debut novel to combine all of the best elements of stories about the Fae, Gothic literature, and the Victorian period in a way I have never come across before. Our main character, Cathy, finds herself in Arcadia whilst in pursuit of her missionary brother, Laon, who has been sent to the Faelands to convert Fae to Christianity. The plot was a hell of a ride and the ending completely melted my brain. If you like books with haunting atmospheres and Victorianesque writing which incorporate with intellectual debates then this is honestly the book for you.
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky – TBR
Once again, I haven’t managed to get round to CoT and also found myself at a table one morning eating breakfast next to Adrian whilst panicking about whether to say hello or not (I failed). I’m planning for this to be one of the next few books I read though!
As mentioned above, I was also incredibly fortunate to receive two series by two amazing Nine Worlds attendees which honestly made my weekend. The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness was a #bookishwish granted to me by the lovely, lovely Harriet, and the current 3 books which make up the Tensorate series by J.Y Yang were gifted to me by a wonderful person called D who I am incredibly grateful to because they had generously put out a whole stack of free books (which I missed) but then transported me some books anyway through Jeannette ❤
This week I also received the most excellent book post ever. The first one was a huge surprise because I wasn’t expecting anything, Handsome Heroes and Vile Villains: Men in Disney’s Animated Features gifted to by my brilliant friend Angie. And the second book, The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories, was very kindly sent to me by the Rebellion Publishing team as they had run out of stock when I returned to buy it on Saturday at 9W’s and which I am honestly ecstatic about!
- Have you read any of the books on my 9W reading list or 9W reading gifts?
- Have you discovered any new books from this post that you would love to get your hands on?
- If you are a Nine Worlder, are there any authors who attend 9W’s whose books you love?