Quinn Keast

Reading list

What I’m reading and my opinions and all that.

2022
The Expert System's Brotherby Adrian TchaikovskyNovember
Defending Elysiumby Brandon SandersonNovember
The Fishermanby John LanganNovemberI enjoyed the fractal nature of it
The Atlas Paradoxby Olivie BlakeNovember
The Creeperby A. M. ShineNovember
The Spare Manby Mary Robinette KowalOctoberMy cocktail ingredients shopping list
Thistlefootby GennaRose NethercottOctober
From the Wreckby Jane RawsonOctober
The Golden Enclavesby Naomi NovikOctoberNice job tying the trilogy together
Ballad for Sophieby Filipe MeloSeptemberGorgeous graphic novel with exceptional story
End of the World Houseby Adrienne CeltSeptember
Dead Silenceby S. A. BarnesSeptemberActually dang spooky
How High We Go in the Darkby Sequoia NagamatsuSeptemberGreat book, horribly sad
A Half-Built Gardenby Ruthanna EmrysSeptemberWasn’t really for me
Fairy Taleby Stephen KingSeptemberHas an Ending
Babelby R. F. KuangSeptemberMade promises and then didn’t hold to them
A Prayer for the Crown-Shyby Becky ChambersSeptember
A Psalm for the Wild-Builtby Becky ChambersSeptemberLoved it
Eversionby Alastair ReynoldsSeptemberFascinating read, well-knit together
Klara and the Sunby Kazuo IshiguroSeptemberFascinating read
On Writingby Stephen KingAugust
Under the Whispering Doorby TJ KluneAugust
A Discovery of Witchesby Deborah HarknessJulyAbandoned; I feel this book comes dangerously close to glorifying abusive behaviours
Under Fortunate Starsby Ren HutchingsJulyNeat concept well executed
The Night Circusby Erin MorgensternJulyReally enjoyed the prose
Jack Fourby Neal AsherJulyI didn’t actually like this, felt like reading a video game
Ordinary Monstersby J. M. MiroJuly
Mordewby Alex PhebyJulyFeels wildly all over the place, wouldn’t read again
Hummingbird Salamanderby Jeff VandermeerJuly
Drunk on All Your Strange New Wordsby Eddie RobsonJune
Inhibitor Phaseby Alastair ReynoldsJune
The Bone Orchardby Sara A. MuellerJuneI went into this with no idea what to expect and I was surprised by how unique it feels
Stringersby Chris PanatierJuneVery popcorny, but would’t read again
Eyes of the Voidby Adrian TchaikovskyJune
Until the Last of Meby Sylvain NeuvelJune
Gallantby V. E. SchwabMay
Last Exitby Max GladstoneMay
Ogresby Adrian TchaikovskyMay
The Shadow Peopleby Graham MastertonMayWent too far into gruesome for me, abandoned
Sea of Tranquilityby Emily St. John MandelApril
The Watchersby A. M. ShineAprilI enjoyed this a lot
The Atlas Sixby Olivie BlakeMarch
The Cartographersby Peng ShepherdMarch
The Kaiju Preservation Societyby John ScalziMarch
The Silent Patientby Alex MichaelidesMarch
Devil Houseby John DarnielleMarch
The Long Earthby Terry Pratchett & Stephen BaxterFebruary
Termination Shockby Neal StephensonJanuary
The Two of Swords: Part Threeby K.J. ParkerJanuary
The Two of Swords: Part Twoby K.J. ParkerJanuary
2021
Stories of Your Life and Othersby Ted ChiangDecemberVery tasty bits of short sci fi
Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Languageby Gretchen McCullochDecemberThis book is incredible and helps me level up how I communicate remotely
Leviathan Fallsby James S. A. CoreyI didn’t finish this and I’m not sure why
The Two of Swords: Part Oneby K.J. ParkerDecemberThe setting is GoT-ish but the tone is more like subtly like Hitchhiker's Guide
Elder Raceby Adrian TchaikovskyDecemberDid not realize it was a short story, majorly bummed out to accidentally run into the end
Cytonicby Brandon SandersonDecemberI love the process of an AI learning emotions
The Apollo Murdersby Chris HadfieldNovemberNot fair to be both an astronaut AND an author
The Lost Pianos of Siberiaby Sophy RobertsOctober
The Unfinished Landby Greg BearOctober
Utopia Avenueby David MitchellOctoberKinda fell off of it
Tears of the Truffle-Pigby Fernando A. FloresOctober
The Last Graduateby Naomi NovikOctoberShould not be as sticky as it is and yet
The Scavenger Doorby Suzanne PalmerOctoberAw yeah
The Exiled Fleetby J. S. DewesOctober
The Hunt for Red Octoberby Tom ClancySeptemberKeeps moving forward, all men only men
The Art of Logicby Eugenia ChengSeptemberActively made me better at thinking
Clear and Present Dangerby Tom ClancySeptember
Billy Summersby Stephen KingSeptemberI would do naughty things to be able to write characters like King
The Great Mistakeby Jonathan LeeAugust
A History of What Comes Nextby Sylvain NeuvelAugust
The Library of the Deadby T. L. HuchuAugustNot really about the library of the dead
The Big Shortby Michael LewisAugustHistory repeats
Black Sunby Rebecca RoanhorseAugustNew level of squeamish in some scenes
Laterby Stephen KingJuly
Turn the Ship Around!by L. David MarquetJulyLove that he digs into his method failing as well as thriving
The Last Watchby J.S. DewesCompelling idea, good characterization in points of views
The Hidden Palaceby Helene WeckerFascinating followup to The Golem and the Djinni
A Master of Djinnby P. Daeli ClarkFell off, never got back to it
The Lost Future of Pepperharrowby Natasha PulleyLike a totally different book from the first, not satisfying
Project Hail Maryby Andy WeirCOMMUNICATION
The Lost Apothecaryby Sara Penner
The Invisible Life of Addie Larueby V. E. SchwabThe best cover
The Mask of Mirrorsby M. A. CarrickFell off, didn't finish
A Memory Called Empireby Arkady Martine
The Watchmaker of Filigree Streetby Natasha PulleyCompelling
The Forever Warby Joe Haldeman
The Starless Seaby Erin MorgensterBeautiful writing
To Sleep in a Sea of Starsby Christopher Paolini
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planetby Becky ChambersPleasant read, optimistic
Velocity Weaponby Megan E. O'Keefe
Sevenevesby Neal Stephenson
Beowulfby Maria Dahvana HeadleyBro!
Bone Silenceby Alastair Reynolds
Revengerby ALastair Reynolds
Rhythm of Warby Brandon Sanderson
Org Design for Design Orgsby Merholz & Skinner
Radical Candorby Kim ScottGood ideas, often used as an excuse to be a jerk
Mismatchby Kat HolmesWonderful read around inclusive design
Post-Truthby Matthew D'Ancona
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonistby Adrian TomineLovely graphic novel
How to Rule an Empire and Get Away With Itby K. J. Parker
Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled Cityby K. J. ParkerFun and quick
A Peculiar Perilby Jeff VandermeerHonestly, I have trouble getting into Vandermeer after his original trilogy
A History of the World in Twelve Mapsby Jerry Brotton
Finderby Suzanne PalmerAw yea
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?by Philip K. DickFinally got to it
Sixteenth Watchby Myke Cole
The Doors of Edenby Adrian Tchaikovsky
2020
Early Risersby Jasper Fforde
The Hollow Onesby Guillemo del Toro & Chuck Hogan
Upheavalby Jared Diamond
Great North Roadby Peter F. Hamilton
Bird by Birdby Anne LamottI like this a lot
Kingdom of Copperby S. A. ChakrabortyI love this cultural mythology
The Empire of Goldby S. A. ChakrabortyI love this cultural mythology
Dead Astronautsby Jeff VandermeerFell off
Fuzzy Nationby John ScalziDunno what I expected, wasn't that, loved it
Why I'm No Longer Talking About Raceby Reni Eddo-Lodge
Take Off Your Pants: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writingby Libbie HawkerExcellent read to procrastinate writing
The Ten Thousand Doors of Januaryby Alix E. HarrowLovely, bought a copy for my mom after
A Deadly Educationby Naomi NovikPopcorn
The Light Brigadeby Kameron Hurley
The Migrationby Helen Marshall
Shards of Earthby Adrian TchaikovskyMeh, doesn't live up to the rest of the author's work
If It Bleedsby Stephen KingDon't usually like novellas, but these struck a chord
The Last Astronautby David Wellington
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxyby Douglas AdamsMust read every year
Cage of Soulsby Adrian Tchaikovsky
The City We Becameby N. K. JemisinFell off
The Priory of the Orange Treeby Samantha Shannon
Driving the Deepby Suzanne Palmer
The Escapementby K. J. Parker
Evil for Evilby K. J. ParkerInteresting how I can't decide who's the good characters
Devices and Desiresby K. J. ParkerNice prose
The Library of the Unwrittenby A. J. Hackwith
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hatby Oliver Sacks
The Hidden Life of Treesby Peter Wohlleben
Through the Language Glassby Guy Deutscher
The Last Emperoxby John Scalzi
Salvationby Peter F. Hamilton
Gravityby Tess Gerritsen
Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behaviourby Leonard Mlodinow
The Lies of Locke Lamoraby Scott Lynch
The Book Thiefby Merkus Zusak
The Anatomy of a Storyby John Truby
The Buried Giantby Kazuo Ishiguro
Ninth Houseby Leigh BardugoBest cover
Wanderersby Chuck WendigAw yeah kickin off a pandemic
Hogfatherby Terry Pratchett
Good Strategy Bad Strategyby Richard Rumelt
Children of Ruinby Adrian Tchaikovsky
Children of Timeby Adrian Tchaikovsky
The Terrorby Dan Simmons
Skywardby Brandon Sanderson
Supernova Eraby Cixin Liu
The Quantum Magicianby Derek Künsken
Starsightby Brandon Sanderson
The Testamentsby Maraget Atwood
The Da Vinci Codeby Dan Brown
Angels and Demonsby Dan Brown
The Instituteby Stephen King
The Silent Patientby Alex Michaelides
The Memory Policeby Yōko Ogawa
First Cosmic Velocityby Zach Powers
A Gentleman in Moscowby Amor TowlesReally enjoyed this
Missing thoughts are just me not remembering exactly what I thought at the time.