I recently finished Windhaven by George R.R. Martin and Lisa Tuttle, a sf novel about a stormy waterworld over which human flyers with ultralight wings are a lifeline, a corps of elite couriers between the island colonies. It follows the life and career of a single flyer over the span of decades. I appreciated that her quasi-medieval society wasn’t completely static, as they often are in these kinds of books, and there was decent mix of adventure, politics and intrigue, but the writing never really grabbed me.
I also just finished reading John Scalzi’s military sf novel Old Man’s War aloud with one of my sons, and we both enjoyed it (me for maybe the fourth time; him for the first). Action, adventure, laughs, tears, and even a little romance. Good stuff! Haven’t decided yet what we’ll read next, but it might be the next book in the series.
I’m about two-thirds of the way through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novel The Valley of Fear, much of which is an extended flashback set in Pennsylvania coal country. It’s ok but nowhere near as good as The Hound of the Baskervilles, which is hands-down his best Holmes novel IMHO.
I’ve now begun an audiobook of Martin’s horror short-story collection, Nightflyers. The title story, about a group of scientists aboard a small starship with a captain who refuses to be seen, has a very creepy vibe to it.