I first noticed this novel when Tor was promoting it, and it looked like something I'd enjoy - I've been in a mood for lighter fantasy recently. So, for a change, I read something in the year it was published :-D
I adore Matyszak's works for bringing daily life in antiquity to the modern reader. Our perceptions of life in the classical era are influenced so much by contemporary writers that were from and concerned with the 1% plus Hollywood's misappropriation and misrepresentation, that Matyszak's works are a breath of fresh air.
Every so often I like to read something from the classic grandmasters of SFF, and Zelazny has always been a favourite of mine. This came up during a conversation with a friend, so I just jumped on it.
I was in the mood for something light and quick (and fantasy), and found NPCs languishing in my TBR pile. Now I'm glad I pulled it out :)
I heard many good things about License to Quill from someone whose taste I trust (my dearest fan ;-), and being a historical fiction fan the book held a natural interest.
Finally a full-length novel in Djèlí Clark's steampunk Cairo series!
I adored the previous Alex Southerland novels, so when I got the ARC for this one I practically squealed with joy. It was worth the wait!
This novella won both Hugo and Nebula, a big distinction. I like to occasionally read what's the art-critics like in the genre, so delved in.
As a lover of fantasy and detectives I've long had Glen Cook's Garrett Files on my TBR. This review is for the first in the series, but I expect to read through it this year.