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I haven’t posted on my reading recently because I haven’t done as much F&SF reading as usual. I did read and enjoy Katherine Addison’s two “Cemeteries of Amalo” books, The Witness for the Dead and The Grief of Stones. I’m not sure they’re for everyone, because they’re anything but fast-paced, and I may have liked the ties to opera more than some readers. On the other hand, P. Djeli Clark’s A Master of Djinn is definitely faster paced and action filled, as well as based on an interesting conceit. Another rather “fluffy,” but quite enjoyable book is Travis Baldree’s Legends & Lattes about a female Orc who just wants to retire from battles and pillaging and open a coffee shop. Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher definitely kept me reading. Emily St. John Mandel’s Sea of Tranquility has more of a science fiction flavor than her earlier The Glass Hotel and might appeal more to F&SF readers.

On the non-fiction front, I found Temple Grandin’s The Autistic Brain most insightful, and readers who have to deal with those who have autism issues might find it useful as well.