Series I Want to Continue in 2017

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I’ve already blogged about the favourite series I completed during 2016 here. Today I want to talk about the series I have started and want to continue reading in 2017.

WAYFARERS SERIES BY BECKY CHAMBERS

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Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

This is the blurb for The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet as I’m allergic to providing spoilers for those who haven’t yet had the pleasure. If you enjoyed Firefly on TV, then you’ll probably like this one. I loved it and for some reason missed requesting A Closed and Common Orbit from NetGalley, so have promised myself the pleasure of this one in the early new year as long as I have managed to get my TBR pile down a bit more.

 

THE STEERSWOMAN SERIES BY ROSEMARY KIRSTEIN

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Steerswomen, and a very few Steersmen, are members of an order dedicated to discovering and disseminating knowledge. Although they are foremost navigators of the high seas, Steerswomen are also explorers and cartographers upon land as well as sea. With one exception, they are pledged to always answer any question put to them with as truthful a response as is possible within their own limitations. However, they also require anyone of whom they ask questions to respond in the same manner, upon penalty of the Steerswomen’s ban; those under the ban do not receive answers from the steerswomen.

This is a delight – a clever, nuanced world with a confident mature woman at the height of her powers who enjoys exploring and learning. While there’s nothing wrong with the slew of coming-of-age books out there, it makes an enjoyable change to read of a protagonist who is wholly comfortable in her own skin. I have the other books on my Kindle and will have the pleasure of reading them and completing this series during 2017.

 

PLANETFALL BY EMMA NEWMAN

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Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi’s vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown. More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony’s 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harboring a devastating secret.

I loved Planetfall – it’s one of my favourite books of 2016 and yet haven’t managed to get around to reading After Atlas. So this is one I’m going to track down and read this year.

 

EARTHCENT AMBASSADOR SERIES BY E.M. FONER

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Kelly Frank is EarthCent’s top diplomat on Union Station, but her job description has always been a bit vague. When she receives a gift subscription to the dating service that’s rumored to be powered by the same benevolent artificial intelligence that runs the huge station, Kelly decides to swallow her pride and give it a shot. But as her dates go from bad to worse, she can only hope that the supposedly omniscient AI is planning a happy ending.

I was charmed by the quirkiness of Date Night on Union Station and have promised myself to tuck into more of these enjoyable science fiction novellas which are as much a comedy of manners as anything else. So I’m making a date with Union Station in 2017 to read at least a couple more – particularly when in need of some light relief.

 

THE MEMOIRS OF LADY TRENT SERIES BY MARIE BRENNAN

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Everyone knows Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. Here, at last, in her own words, is the story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, prospects, and her life to satisfy scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the mountains of Vystrana, where she made discoveries that would change the world.

I recently read The Natural History of Dragons and absolutely loved it – so I’m determined to read more in 2017. A plucky Victorian lady battling convention to learn more about dragons by travelling to wild and inhospitable places – what’s not to love?

 

THE CHRONICLES OF ST MARY’S SERIES BY JODI TAYLOR

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“History is just one damned thing after another.” Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary’s, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don’t do ‘time-travel’ – they ‘investigate major historical events in contemporary time’. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power – especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary’s Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History. Their aim is to observe and document – to try and find the answers to many of History’s unanswered questions…and not to die in the process. But one wrong move and History will fight back – to the death. And, as they soon discover – it’s not just History they’re fighting.

I’ve recently finished reading the first book in this time-travelling series and absolutely loved it. Taylor’s writing is punchy and fun and her protagonist Max is a delight. The plot had so many twists and turns, I cannot quite imagine where the next book will take the story, but I’m betting there’s a fair amount of mayhem and chaos in the process. A must-read series for 2017!

And there are series I plan to continue reading in 2017. What published series have you promised yourself to dive back into during the coming year?

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22 responses »

  1. I haven’t read any of them! 🙂 Series to continue for me in 2017, The Greatcoats by Sebastien de Castell, The Demon Cycle Saga by Peter V. Brett. The Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron. The Fitz and The Fool by Robin Hobb and The Vagrant trilogy by Peter Newman. I guess…………also…………..The Kingkiller chronicles and Game of Thrones IF they are released to. 🙂

  2. I think I own date Night on the Union station, but haven’t read it yet. I got it after reading another blogger their review and seeing it was free. Glad to hear you enjoyed the first book and I hope you can continue this series in 2017. My main goal is continuing some series for which i am part of ARC teams and I would love to continue Tracy Alvarez her Far North series, I started with book 3 and I hope to read book 1 and 2 this year. I also am looking forward to reading the last Cainsville book by Kelley Armstrong and I have some cozie series I am eager to continue. Most of those I am awaiting the next release in t he series. I have so many series I’ve started it’s hard to list them all.

    • Yes – there are others I didn’t add – like you, I am also waiting for the final Cainsville book and there are other series I’m hoping to complete, but these were the ones I wanted to flag up:).

  3. We’ve talked about my wanting a good series to get me into series reading seriously, and after reading this blog, I think the Chronicles of St. Mary’s Series would be just the thing. I will order One Damned Thing After Another right away. Thanks for the fascinating reviews and comments on all the books!

  4. Ah this post made me smile. I also want to read the second Angry Planet book as I adored the first. The Steerswoman series was wonderful. I am glad to have read it and I have a copy on me permanent bookshelf. Yer endorsement of Planetfall tipped that into the new haul I am getting. I was on the fence, yer said it was good, so I took that as a sign. Drew reminded me of the Demon Cycle. Also I just bought The Vagrant so I will likely give that a go at some point. And I have a Kelley Armstrong to read soon. Sheesh! I know there are more series than that. I’ll stop here though. One book at a time.
    x The Captain

  5. All of these look good, Sarah. I have Date Night. I think I’ll bump it up on my Kindle and check it out. Have fun with these series.

    • I’d love to hear what you think of Date Night – such a quirky read:). It certainly seems to divide readers, who mostly either gave it 4 or 5 stars – or 2.

  6. I loved date Night at Union Station and I also want to read more of those in 2017. In fact I need to write myself a reminder here somewhere (I’m so organized lol). The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet was fabulous and I liked Closed and Common Orbit as well (not as much, but close). And Just One as well- I saw a review at Random Redheaded Ramblings earlier this week and sold me on that one.

    • I know what you mean about keeping a note of all the books I see on the blogosphere that I want to get:). I’ve just started the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary’s series and so far it’s great. Have a great reading week, Greg:)

  7. I might bite the bullet and order the UK version of Angry Planet from The Book Depository. The cover just takes my breath away (the US version’s is very cartoon-ish, IMO).

    As for series I want or am planning to continue or finish in 2017, the first ones that come to mind are…

    V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic
    Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness Quartet
    Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom series
    Elizabeth May’s Falconer Trilogy
    N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance and Broken Earth Trilogies
    Maria V. Snyder’s Soulfinders series

    There are several others, too, but those are the definites right now.

    • I also want to complete N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth series and Elizabeth May’s Falconer trilogy:). Yes – the Angry Planet cover is superb, isn’t it? I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of it – we’re going to get A Close and Common Orbit from the library as it’s so expensive.

  8. Nice list – some of these books are already on my radar. 🙂 (The “Long Way…” turned out to be a disappointment, but I’m hopefull about the other ones.)

    • I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it more – I’ve just completed reading the second book, which I actually liked a lot more as there are only two protagonists. But, as you say, there are the others…

      • I don’t mind multiple characters (most times I even prefer it). It’s the lack of tension that killed the joy for me in the first one. (And I don’t even mind the lack of tension if the writing is beautiful, but that’s not this kind of book.)
        Oh well, I guess I’m becoming a very picky reader. 🙂

      • You’re right – it’s an odd book. If it had been epic fantasy or steampunk I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it half so much – but as it’s space opera, my favourite genre of all, I loved the way she played with some of the riffs and conventions. However A Close and Common Orbit is quite different.

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