There are many wonderful things about summer, but since I’m a student the best – by far – is the freedom to read whatever I want. No more political tracts by Lenin, no primary documents from 18th century Quebec, and no books detailing the courtship culture of Winnipeg Beach (don’t ask). To celebrate this reading freedom, I’ve made visits to all my favourite bookstores to pick up some decidedly UN-academic SFF goodies.

Haul 1At the best used bookstore in town I picked up the first two books in Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle series, The Warded Man and The Desert Spear. A co-worker recommended them to me, so we’ll see. They seem to be pretty popular.

I also saw this duology by Karen Miller, The Innocent Mage and The Awakened Mage. I haven’t heard much about them but couldn’t resist because 1) it’s a duology 2) high fantasy written by a woman and c) LOOK AT THSOE CLOAK-Y COVERS. I’m so weak when it comes to those damn billowing cloaks. Look how cool they are side by side!

I snagged these beauties used as well:

Haul 2

Consider Phlebas by SF powerhouse Iain M. Banks. I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never read a book by him! I’ve been dipping my toe into science fiction lately, and I’ve found that space operas are a personal favourite, so this seemed like a natural choice.

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi. A re-interpretation of Snow White set in the US during the 1950s, this one explores issues of race and beauty. Seems like it could be magical realism, which I’ve always liked.

God’s War by Kameron Hurley. I actually featured an upcoming release from Hurley in my latest Waiting on Wednesday post and Nathan from Fantasy Review Barn said that her other books were must-reads. Imagine my pleased surprise to find this beauty in pristine condition for $3.99. Bring on the bio-punk, baby.

Mind Games by Carolyn Crane. This is a super dark UF series featuring a broken heroine whose hypochondria threatens to ruin both her career as a nurse and her life. And that’s before any of the weird shit starts to happen. I love my UF, and I love it dark. Looking forward to this one big time.

Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines. If I understand correctly, the plot of this series revolves around a group of people who are an awful lot like magical librarians…how has it taken me so long to stumble across this one?! I work in a library and hope to go to grad school to become a librarian. This book had me grinning like a fool in the middle of the cramped genre fiction aisle.

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson. Confession time: I haven’t read anything by Brandon Sanderson. I’ve owned Mistborn for a while but haven’t really made it a priority. Maybe this summer I’ll finally take the plunge.

Haul 3

These last two I bought new at this great little store in Toronto called Bakka Phoenix Books. If you’re ever in the city you should definitely check it out – it’s the oldest SFF bookstore in Canada, and their location is right in the heart of the city. Plus you’ve gotta love that Dune reference in the name.

 Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone. Do I even need to explain this one? I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series, and it sounds like a wholly original UF concept, which I didn’t even think was possible. I’m also digging the black woman on the cover. No white-washing here!

The Thousand Names by Django Wexler. I had been giving this one the side-eye for a while, lusting after it’s hardcover glory. One of my favourite tropes is “girl pretends to be a boy so she can XYZ” and it looks like this one has that in spades. Django “Unchained” Wexler – the D is silent.

Between these and any review copies that come my way, something tells me that I’ll be a very busy reader and reviewer.


  1. Ya, get on God’s War, very good. I need to read The Thousand Names, and I actually own Three Parts Dead and need to move it up too.

    1. I plan to! Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. That is a crazy haul, you did awesome. I can tell you the Warded Man is pretty good, I haven’t had a chance to check out the second. I also have God’s War waiting to be read, I saw Nathan’s recommendation as well!

    Well of Ascension is amazing, but I love just about everything Sanderson puts out. You are going to have a lot of fun with these.

    1. I saw all of the pretties and went a bit nuts. There’s nothing like that giddy feeling you get when you’ve got several new series to start. I’m going to try to make this the “summer of Sanderson” and read a chunk of his backlog.

    • BiblioSanctum Blog

    • 8 years ago

    I’m a transplanted Canadian now living in the States, but my home town is actually Toronto…like, heart of downtown, baby! You’re right, everyone local knows Bakka Phoenix is awesome and that they are the absolute best indie bookstore for science fiction and fantasy bar none!!!

    Lots of great stuff there – I really hope you enjoy Sanderson! Mistborn’s probably the best place to start with him, though I can’t say it’s my favorite of his – that honor goes to The Way of Kings! And I loved Django Wexler’s The Thousand Names…hope you’re into military fantasy, but even if you’re not, I find this book very accessible 🙂

    1. Whoop whoop, fellow Canadians! I’m not from Toronto but I visit pretty frequently and Bakka Phoenix is always a must! First time I went in there I thought someone was gonna have to grab smelling salts because I almost swooned.

      Oooh, glad to hear you loved Sanderson and Wexler! Our tastes seem to align on most books so hopefully I’ll love them too. I do like military fantasy, although admittedly I haven’t read much. Excited to take the plunge!

    • Tammy

    • 8 years ago

    Wow, awesome books, Danya! I hope you love Three Parts Dead, it’s one of my very favorite series (and book three is about to be released). I’m dying to read Boy, Snow, Bird and The Thousand Names. I hope you enjoy your books now that it’s summer and you have more time to read:-)

    1. It was a truly great book week, that’s for sure! I can hardly decide what to read next – they all look so good. Glad to hear that you loved Three Parts Dead; I’m really excited for that series.

  3. I love it that I own all of those books except Boy, Snow, Bird and Consider Phlebas (though I haven’t actually worked my way through reading all of them!) LOL. Congrats on being free for the summer. It’s time to get your fun read on girl!

    1. *Bows down* Dang woman! I bet your bookshelves are truly something to behold. I’m going to try to read all these this summer – fingers crossed!

  4. Hi 🙂 I followed a link. Anyway I just read the 2nd Miller book and I am sure you will enjoy them too

    1. Awesome! I’m pretty excited to be able to read a high fantasy series that only spans two books. Takes some of the pressure off, you know? I’m sure you’re right – they sound great!

  5. Wow pretty sweet haul! I can’t wait to read God’s War and Boy, Snow, Bird… they both sound awesome, heard lots of good things about both.

    I don’t think I’ve even heard of Karen Miller before. But you’re right, those covers are pretty well designed!

    1. I may have gone a bit overboard…oh well. More pretties for me! I just read God’s War and it was amazing. Hopefully Boy, Snow, Bird will be just as good!

      Clever cover art totally sucks me in. Plus, cloaks! How anyone can resist cloak-y books is beyond me.

    • Anya E. J.

    • 8 years ago

    I can’t decide if I want you to read Mistborn or Libriomancer first! Yes, Libriomancer really does have a main character who is a librarian that can use books to get magic items out of them 😀 It is aaaaaaaawwwwesome!

    1. Okay, Libriomancer is officially coming in at number 1! I cannot resist a librarian plot, and I’ve heard so many people rave about it. Not to worry though – this will be the Summer of Sanderson and I’m gonna read at least a couple of his books!

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