Told as a first-person ‘memoir’ of the author as a then- young naturalist studying dragons. Lady Trent is from a Victorian or Edwardian- like England-Told as a first-person ‘memoir’ of the author as a then- young naturalist studying dragons. Lady Trent is from a Victorian or Edwardian- like England- like country and goes to an Eastern European- like country (Vystrana) where there are rock-wyrm dragons.
“And then the dragon came. It flew in from the west, so that all I truly saw at first was a black silhouette against a fiery sky. Then it caught an updraft and skimmed up the mountain’s slope, barely above the trees, that gave me a better view: the blocky plates of the hide; the close-tucked legs and trailing tail; the enormous expanse of wings dwarfing the body they bore.” (148)
This is a hoot! As soon as I finished reading this, I requested the other books in the series from the library. I read this for my SF/F Bookshelf challenge 7/ 12. I borrowed this from interlibrary loan. ...more
Kell is able to navigate between the three- it used to be four—Londons. They are Grey London, where Lila is from, where there is no magic. Red LondonKell is able to navigate between the three- it used to be four—Londons. They are Grey London, where Lila is from, where there is no magic. Red London has magic and it’s where Kell lives, most of the time. White London where the magic and kingdom have turned evil. And Black London disappeared many years ago, due to evil magic and Kell can no longer go there. This is a fun read, there are at least two other books in this series; I look forward to reading them. I read this on Kindle. ...more
Rifka is excited to be going with her father, who is an ambassador to the neighboring country of Ashara. She wants to go there because that’s where heRifka is excited to be going with her father, who is an ambassador to the neighboring country of Ashara. She wants to go there because that’s where her twin brother Arik lives. She has magic (kasir) and her twin doesn’t (halan.) In their society, Kasiri and Halani are rigidly kept apart. As well as magic, kasiri have more money, status and privilege. That’s there in the text when Rifka describes the opulent ambassador’s residence and compares that to the slums where her new friends live. This was diverting, but why does everyone have a Jewish/ Israeli name without the characters ever being described as Jewish?. “So what makes kasiri and halani different, if not magic?” (188) Caleb, Rifka’s new friend writes. I borrowed this from my local library....more
I read the entire series in a quick slurp, as if there was any other way set as it in in the world of Swordspoint, The Fall of the Kings, and The PrivI read the entire series in a quick slurp, as if there was any other way set as it in in the world of Swordspoint, The Fall of the Kings, and The Privilege of the Sword, but written by a group of authors familiar and unfamiliar to me. What fun these novellas are, both separately and as a whole. I've written elsewhere reviews of each novella, but am now going back months later to write a my thoughts on the project as a whole. Well, it is one of the best things I have read in 2016. I fully expect and hope that I have similar feelings about season 2, that I have bought, but not yet read. ...more
I have read this before, but was it thirty or forty years ago, well, it was a long time. I didn’t remember what Atuan and the rest of the world Arha iI have read this before, but was it thirty or forty years ago, well, it was a long time. I didn’t remember what Atuan and the rest of the world Arha inhabits is like. Ged, I liked, but Arha has been raised like a bonsai tree, with no friends, no family, she even spends most of her time in the dark, in a labyrinth. At some point I hope to reread more of the series. I read this, in part, for the SF/F Goodreads challenge. I borrowed this from interlibrary loan....more
I read graphic novels, graphic history and superhero stories. Between the World and Me was on my list of the top 20 books I read last year. I was realI read graphic novels, graphic history and superhero stories. Between the World and Me was on my list of the top 20 books I read last year. I was really looking forward to this graphic novel, but I am disappointed in it.
Black Panther is the king of technology- rich, secretive African country, Wakanda. But his disrespect for his county’s citizens is disturbing. “I am their king and I love them as the father loves the child.” Two women from the Dora Mialje, a group of women warriors, like Dahomey warriors perhaps, escape after one of them is to be executed for killing a chieftain “who preyed upon the girls of his village.” There are also mystical revolutionaries and a fracturing government. After this story, there is a reprint the very first Black Panther comic from 1961, where he’s the villain who takes on the Fantastic Four.
I want to like "Black Panther," I may continue to read this series. I borrowed this from interlibrary loan. ...more
The plot as far as I read: A group of wealthy ladies get together to summon Satan because they are bored. And they keep doing it, because they think they have been unsuccessful. Meanwhile, there are a series of awful, horrific crimes. I love the author’s The Stars My Destination and The Demolished Man. I bought this from Mysteries & More in Hobart, NY for $2.80 on 11/27/15....more
Lady Diane and the Balam aren’t distributing chocolate—and many miss it terribly. One of the chocolatiers near the university makes an almond drink, aLady Diane and the Balam aren’t distributing chocolate—and many miss it terribly. One of the chocolatiers near the university makes an almond drink, another tries expensive vanilla. The Balam do this because they are trying to get the Dragon Chancellor to remove the punishing tariffs. Lady Diane, is doing it, at least in part, because she can.
Rafe is sitting for his Exams. Will has made sure one of the examiners is a retired professor, who will understand his subject matter. He passes. Now he wonders what he will do next.
Kaab makes Tess chocolate and seduces her. Reynald, Lady Diane’s swordsman, has been following Kaab, but Applethorpe who is Tess’ bodyguard has been watching him, too.
Malinda Lo’s award- winning fantasy novels are ones I have read. I am addicted to these novellas, like the people of Middle City and the Hill are addicted to chocolate. Prediction: At some later point it will come out that the Balam held their chocolate. Lady Diane will be behind the rumor, but not implicated in it. I read this on the Kindle....more
Grand balls in fiction don’t tend to go well for the hosts and hostesses. I am thinking of A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold, where everythingGrand balls in fiction don’t tend to go well for the hosts and hostesses. I am thinking of A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold, where everything that can go wrong for Miles does go wrong, so much so that my stomach hurt from laughing.
Things go very wrong here, but Joel Derfner – another author I am reading for the first time in these novellas --- uses an omniscient narrator and it stands out, clumsily, from the others of these novellas that employ a switching third person POV across a large cross section of characters. An insufferable old xenophobic guest insults Kaab and her family, who Lady Diane needs to hold up her shaky finances. (And Kaab's family no longer will have a monopoly on the chocolate trade.) This ball needed some butter bugs (a lot like cock roaches) with the Tremontaine family crest on them to escape. (That’s one of the things that happens in A Civil Campaign.) I read this on the Kindle....more
(view spoiler)[Kaab finds a new protector for Tess by taking on all comers via dagger and sword in this installment. William misses aHere be spoilers!
(view spoiler)[Kaab finds a new protector for Tess by taking on all comers via dagger and sword in this installment. William misses a Council meeting this is to important Lady Diane and their fortunes, which would reduce tariffs on cacao, though she hasn’t told him any of that. Micah and Rafe continue to run into figurative walls with their navigation difficulties, because Kaab has been feeding them inaccurate data, to protect her family’s stranglehold on trade. (hide spoiler)]
I love these!Buying each of these novellas separately isn’t the cheapest way to go; each one is $1.99 for thirteen episodes. I’ll buy season 2 next month for less than $20. I read this on the Kindle....more
I have liked the other books I’ve read by Alice Hoffman, but it’s possible I bought this book because the back says “Fairy tales are real in BerkshireI have liked the other books I’ve read by Alice Hoffman, but it’s possible I bought this book because the back says “Fairy tales are real in Berkshire County.” The Berkshires in Massachusetts are a couple of hours from my home. They are magical: Tanglewood, Shakespeare & Co., Williamstown Theatre Festival, to list just a few places of surpassing beauty and, yes, magic.
In this enchanting MG novel 12 year old Twig is lonely, but she lets a new girl in, even after a girl from that family cursed her family centuries ago. This is delightful. I bought this from The Book House on 4.29.16 for $7.99...more
I didn’t love this book—except for when I did. I nearly put it aside after 50 or 60 pages, because the characters are well, mostly, monstrous—but theyI didn’t love this book—except for when I did. I nearly put it aside after 50 or 60 pages, because the characters are well, mostly, monstrous—but they are gods or godlings being raised by a Zeus-type, except he’s even more cruel. Then after finishing the novel I immediately reread the first 50- 60 pages. But it takes place in a more or less contemporary America, sort of. Did I mention that it has time travel, pocket universes and children who are trained to know everything about a particular subject matter? For instance, Carolyn specializes in languages, not just human languages, but she spends a summer learning the language of deer. David learns everything about war. Michael learns about animals. Their Father, who is not their father, but that is what they call him; he calls them Librarians. It was only when the narrative went into Erwin, Steve and Naga’s backgrounds that it got understandable and interesting to me. They were the characters I could comprehend, who I could care about. On the other hand, it’s one of the more unusual novels I’ve read recently. If you like this sort of thing, you may really like it. Or not.
“The Library was vast. It was easily the largest structure [Steve] had been inside, ever heard of, ever imagined. Bookshelves stretched across the floor as far the eye could see. He saw a globe of light high overhead—like, skyscraper high—and a ceiling somewhere beyond that. It was impossible to estimate how far away the ceiling was—thousands of feet? Miles? The space he stood in was higher than the Superdome, wider than the airport terminal in Atlanta. ‘You could fly a plane in here,’ he said. ‘Maybe not a 737, but a Cessna – easy. Probably even a Lear.’” (295- 6) I borrowed this from interlibrary loan, and in part, I read this for the SF/F Goodreads booklist. ...more
From "'Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming: The Reading Agency Lecture, 2013' 'Fiction can show you a different world. It canFrom "'Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming: The Reading Agency Lecture, 2013' 'Fiction can show you a different world. It can take you somewhere you've never been. Once you've visited other worlds, like those who ate fairy fruit, you can never be content with the world you grew up in.' (8)
“Which is perhaps one of the glories of "Doctor Who"… You don’t have to believe me. Not now. But I’ll tell you this. The next time you get into a lift, in a shabby office building, and jerk up several floors, then, in that moment before the doors open, you’ll wonder, even if only for a moment, if they’re going to open on a Jurassic jungle, or the moons of Pluto, or a full- service pleasure dome at the galactic core…(220- 221)
“When I was a young writer, I liked to imagine that I was paying someone for every word I wrote, rather than being paid for it; it was a fine way to discipline myself only to use the words I needed.” (354)
From his “Make Good Art” speech, “A freelance life, a life in the arts, is sometimes like putting messages in bottles, on a desert island, and hoping someone will find one of your bottles and open it and read it, and put something in a bottle that will wash its way back to you: appreciation, or a commission, or money, or love. And you have to accept that you may put out a hundred things for every bottle that winds up coming back.” (453)
This new collection of essays, speeches, liner notes and other non-fiction goes back aways, but is also in some cases, new-ish. There are two essays on Harlan Ellison, Diana Wynn Jones, Douglas Adams, Samuel R. Delany, Ray Bradbury, Alfred Bester, and the last essay in the book is on Gaiman’s friend and collaborator Terry Prachett. There are fourteen essays on comics and the people who make them, including one describing to comic book store owners the tulip craze of the 1600s. There are several essays on music and musicians. There are five essays on film and movies and the title essay about the author attending the Oscars the year Coraline was nominated, even though it was the first anniversary of his father's death.
If you like this sort of thing, if you like Neil Gaiman’s fiction, I predict you will really like this. I read it because it's Neil Gaiman, but it also checks the box on the 2016 Red Harder Challenge, for a book of essays #3. I borrowed this from my public library. ...more
It took me thirteen days to read this novel. For me, who often reads a book in a day or two, or maybe three days, that’s a long time. I often found thIt took me thirteen days to read this novel. For me, who often reads a book in a day or two, or maybe three days, that’s a long time. I often found things I’d rather be doing rather than reading this book.
N.K. Jemisin’s first novel, it’s about Yeine Darr, who is taken from the only home she knows in the 'barbarian' north after her mother’s death, to be her Grandfather’s heir. But she has two cousins who have already been declared the heirs, and her Grandfather is the king. In Sky, the majestic capital, she befriends the gods who rule her people/ are enslaved by them.
I’m glad I finished this and perhaps I will read the next two books in the series, especially since I own them, but I don’t feel the need to read them right now. I read it for Read Harder challenge #16, read the first book in a series by a person of color. I borrowed this from interlibrary loan; I own a copy of the three books in this series, plus a novella or two, but it is 1,400 pages....more
This is delightful! Nimona introduces herself to Ballister Blackheart, villain, as the sidekick the agency sent on the first page. That’s a lie. It’sThis is delightful! Nimona introduces herself to Ballister Blackheart, villain, as the sidekick the agency sent on the first page. That’s a lie. It’s a lie that the agency sent her, which he knew immediately. Later we find out that Ballister isn’t a villain, except perhaps in the eyes of the corrupt government. Nimona is a monster, an immortal shapeshifter, and she appears as a funny, spunky girl; she’s a murderer, but she’s also likeable. Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin hasn’t always been a hero. This is a young adult graphic novel, a middle grade book for some readers, but adults will find a lot here to enjoy, too.
I recommend this to readers of graphic novels, to many kids, most grownups, people who haven’t picked up a comic book in many decades, feminists, people who like to laugh: pretty much everyone.
I read it for Read Harder challenge #17, a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years. I borrowed this from interlibrary loan....more
I am a Wen Spencer fangirl; I've read the whole Ukiah Oregon series that starts withAlien Taste and I also enjoy the Elfhome series Tinker is the firsI am a Wen Spencer fangirl; I've read the whole Ukiah Oregon series that starts withAlien Taste and I also enjoy the Elfhome series Tinker is the first book and I've read Endless Blue. Each book is very different from the others. I'm not sure that I was looking for anything in this book but a good, fun read.
But this book was a bit more challenging here, and perhaps a bit less fun. The main character Nikki Delaney is a horror novelist, on the run from her powerful mother, who wants her hospitalized, in Japan. Nikki is compelled to write, not by a gaes, though that would have been an interesting tact, but by OCD that compels her to write. What she writes, she finds out pretty early on, happens. She has involved herself with the many personal gods and spirits in Japanese Shintoism. There is much here on how Nikki writes her novels, which kept me reading, when the plot felt a bit draggy.
I'm glad I read this, but I didn't love it. I bought it at B & N for $7.19 on 10.4.15....more
An alien, who is able to switch into varying shapes and gets named Ayodele, appears on Bar Beach in Lagos, Nigeria first to a marine biologist named AAn alien, who is able to switch into varying shapes and gets named Ayodele, appears on Bar Beach in Lagos, Nigeria first to a marine biologist named Adaora, a soldier, Agu, and a rapper, Anthony. I really, really liked this novel, for how similar and how different this is, for having a setting that is at once unusual and welcome to me.
“That was the real introduction to the great mess that happening in Lagos, Nigeria. West Africa. Africa. Here. Because so many people in Lagos had portable chargeable glowing vibrating chirping tweeting communicating connected devices, practically everything was recorded and posted online in some way, somehow. Quickly. The modern human world is connected like a spider’s web.” (193)
“’What are you three?” the president asked. ‘We’re Nigerians,’ Agu said. ‘Just Nigerians.” He looked at Anthony and added, ‘And one Ghanaian.’” (247)
From Strange Horizons review by T.S. Miller “That the rioting, looting, and general chaos inspired by the aliens can at first be mistaken as business as usual in Lagos reflects not some condemnation of the backwardness or barbarity of Nigeria, but rather contributes to Okorafor's dissection of the origins of and possible solutions to some of the nation's problems. For instance, contemplating the crimes perpetrated by Lagos's gangs of street children or "area boys" in the wake of the alien invasion, the soldier Agu takes a more nuanced view of the social problem they represent: "Agu understood that they were angry at Lagos, angry at Nigeria, angry at the world. The alien invasion was just an excuse to let it all out" (p. 173). The arrival of the aliens reveals Nigeria's social problems in sharp relief, but also brings hope for resolving them. Throughout the novel, Okorafor insists that "[i]t was time for a change" (p. 93), and she suggests that the aliens—those "catalysts of change" (p. 158)—may possess some power to encourage humans in their impulses, to unleash potentials already latent in Lagos; her novel thus imagines big changes for a city and a culture already in a state of massive change. Lagoon's most brilliant conceit is that somehow an alien invasion would be redundant in Lagos: "We are doing what is already happening" (p. 179).
In the end, then, the question of whether the apocalyptic energies that drive the plot of Lagoon were brought by aliens or were present in Lagos all along becomes moot: the aliens serve as stimulant but also represent the potential for change, positive or disastrous, inherent in modern Lagos. The twists and turns of the novel's plot mirror the promise and danger of that potential for change, the promise and danger of Lagos itself: "Fast life, fast death. High life, low life. Skyscrapers, shanty towns. Flies, mosquitoes. The roads rumble as paths to the future, always hungry for blood" (p. 291).
The novel's fantasy of an alien invasion liberates Nigeria from its dependence on oil as the single commodity that makes the world pay attention to it, a commodity that has brought the kind of change in which the aliens revel, but that has also turned out to be more destructive than positive, as the aliens themselves point out: "YOUR LAND IS FULL OF A FUEL THAT IS TEARING YOU APART" (p. 113). The science fictional premise of Lagoon realizes Okorafor's dreams for the future of Lagos, a future in which the city has much to offer the world beyond its oil. To achieve these dreams, the novel must remove the oil and replace it with the wild vitality of the aliens, but the implication is of course that this vitality has always been in Lagos, if only we were looking. The greatest achievement of Okorafor's novel may well be that she's given those of us who have never been to Lagos the opportunity to see a fraction of that vitality and promise for ourselves.
Bought from SFBC for some misunderstood price. ...more
I don’t often read graphic novels out of order, but I read this because Lauren Beukes wrote it and I quite liked it. Fairy tales figures live in our wI don’t often read graphic novels out of order, but I read this because Lauren Beukes wrote it and I quite liked it. Fairy tales figures live in our world, but they live apart from us, in this case Rapunzel is the main character, looking in modern and feudal Japan for her stolen children.
I borrowed this book from inter library loan....more
A graphic novel with a story not necessarily for teens, dystopian, or a superhero—what a refreshing and unusual book!
Its main character is Katie whoA graphic novel with a story not necessarily for teens, dystopian, or a superhero—what a refreshing and unusual book!
Its main character is Katie who is/ was the chef of hot restaurant Seconds and may/ may not be opening a second restaurant called Katie/ MKII/ Lucky’s. See, Katie finds a magical way to ‘fix’ her mistakes, to change her reality. Hence, the confusing verbs, when trying to describe the plot.
Katie is 29, and while some teens might like this book, it does not have a teen protagonist. Zombies and Iron Man do not make an appearance, her antagonists are herself and her mistakes and she makes a resolution with her own baddie.
A graphic novel for grownups, maybe ones who like books like Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, about gourmet restaurants and food. Recommended by Lisa from my public library and Amy Lane of the Open Door Bookstore on 8/5/14 on WAMC. ...more
Twenty-seven short stories based on Ray Bradbury is too many in my opinion, for one volume, but how can an editor say ‘no thank you’ when it is a tribTwenty-seven short stories based on Ray Bradbury is too many in my opinion, for one volume, but how can an editor say ‘no thank you’ when it is a tribute to Ray Bradbury?
When Dan Chaon was a middle schooler and introduced to Ray Bradbury he started a correspondence with him that lasted until he started college when it ‘petered out.’ He sent Bradbury an earlier version of “Little America” when he was a teenager. “Children of the Bedtime Machine” by Robert McCammon is about a lonely old woman who finds a ‘sleep machine’ and reads herself and ghosts to sleep. “Conjure” by Alice Hoffman is about two best friends who are 16, Abbey and Cate. Abbey is bookish, while Cate yearns for real life, then a stranger comes to town. “Two of a Kind” by Jacquelyn Mitchard Jackie and Jan are cousins, whose fathers are brothers and mothers are identical twins, and they look like twins, but Jan has a brace on his leg from polio. Jan grows up and grows old, but Jackie died mysteriously as a soldier in Transylvania, where their families are from. “The Tattoo” by Bonnie Jo Campbell is about MacGregor, a daydreamer, who sees an illuminated woman, a woman in a carnival who seems to have a motion picture playing across her back. So he gets himself the same kind of tattoo. “Two Houses” by Kelly Link is about ten women and one man on the space ship Maureen telling each other ghost stories. “The Phone Call by John McNally is a bit like a Twilight Zone episode, was it written by Bradbury or based on one of his stories?, with a man calling his childhood self and his mother to try to warn them away from their ‘uncle.’
I thoroughly enjoyed this anthology! I bought this at the Book House 6.17.15 for $4.98....more
Read on Kindle. My husband has been trying to get me to read a Alex Bledsoe novel for a long time. We’re driving to Kentucky, he requested this novel,Read on Kindle. My husband has been trying to get me to read a Alex Bledsoe novel for a long time. We’re driving to Kentucky, he requested this novel, I read the first ~60% aloud to him and our daughter in the car. And I finished the rest on my own.
It starts out a bit like fantasy- setting Sam Spade or Phillip Marlowe, but Eddie LaCrosse is now a working stiff, but as a child his best friend was the Crown Prince, he was raised with royalty, he knows which fork to use, something about art, but he’s a sword jockey. The Crown Prince hires him, but unlike Sam Spade or Phillip Marlowe, he won’t take money from him. Sam Spade wouldn’t take the fall for Mary Astor’s character and sent her to prison. I don’t have much desire to read more of the Eddie La Crosse books, though I found this one diverting and compelling enough to read in one day....more
Friday Woodcutter thinks of herself as good with children, and a good seamstress, it’s her sisters who are really magic. Well, Friday falls in love wiFriday Woodcutter thinks of herself as good with children, and a good seamstress, it’s her sisters who are really magic. Well, Friday falls in love with one of the Seven Wild Swans, who by day is a swan and at night is a man. I loved this continuation of this series. This is the third, but I’m not sure they really have to be read in order.
I borrowed this from my local public library....more
“Tractate Metim 28A” by Benjamin Rosenbaum Not for me, thanks.
“The Friday People” by Sarah Lotz is great; it’s about a group of middle- aged men and“Tractate Metim 28A” by Benjamin Rosenbaum Not for me, thanks.
“The Friday People” by Sarah Lotz is great; it’s about a group of middle- aged men and women whose parents/ aunts and uncles live in a skyscraper in Cape Town and stop dying, but the next generation still has to continue to visit.
“Ten for Sodom” by Daniel Polansky Irreligious Ben is thinking of G-d, now that the apocalypse has come.
“Like a Coin Entrusted in Faith” by Shimon Adaf I’m not sure I get this one: there is a folktale about a midwife and a parallel story about a robot and software, via an e-mail exchange.
“The Scapegoat Factory” by Ofir Touche Gafla is a delight! Solvi, once a cabdriver, is looking for meaning in his unlife ‘renewed existence.’ He’s gotten bored with sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, so he joins the Scapegoat Factory, and takes someone else’s prison sentence so the victim’s family gets closure.
“Rise” by Rena Rossner is a re-telling of the ‘12 Dancing Princesses,’ except here the princesses are yeshiva bocher in Safed, who fall asleep on the graves of holy rebetzin who dance with them and teach them.
“Wiseman’s Terror Tales” by Anna Tambour is about Irving Wiseman helping his mother make and design brassieres and some of his WWII experiences.
“Zayinim” by Adam Roberts is about Jonie and her family living on an island, perhaps. Hitler won World War II, and through science, generations ago, found an immortality, that is for everyone but Jews. So Jews must fight zombies, who they call ‘zayinim,’ the letter ‘z’ in Hebrew. Meanwhile, Jonie’s reading Nietszche, I think.
There were enough of these that I really liked, to keep me reading. I’m looking forward to reading Jews versus Aliens....more
Here’s a clue to how much I loved this novel: I am dressing as Captain Calliope Ransom, with Rowl on my shoulder for Halloween. Rowl is a cat and he’sHere’s a clue to how much I loved this novel: I am dressing as Captain Calliope Ransom, with Rowl on my shoulder for Halloween. Rowl is a cat and he’s got a bigger part in this thoroughly inventive and fun novel than Captain Ransom. Her ex, Captain Grimm, is a major character as are Gwendolyn and Bridget, who are new the Spirearch’s Guard. And Captain Grimm’s merchant ship, pirate ship and somewhat a war ship Predator, is also a character, of sorts. Bridget talks with Rowl the cat, mostly he responds, there are chapters from his POV, and so does Gwen’s cousin Benedict talk to him, who has been in the Spirearch’s Guard for two years. I loved reading this steampunk/ fantasy/ pirate airship, but surreptitiously working for the monarch, novel.
“[Captain Calliope Ransom] smiled, the expression impish, her green eyes sparkling in her strong, square face. Had an artist painted Calliope, no one would accuse her of extraordinary beauty, but somehow it was present in any case—in the way she held her head, the glitter in her eyes, in her sheer physical confidence. A still-life image of her was something of an oxymoron. Calliope was never still. Even when she was seemingly motionless, he could see her mind at work, sorting ideas, seeking solutions, cataloging the space around her. To see her beauty, one had to see her in motion.” (294)
Man, woman, girl, boy, this novel is fun! I borrowed this from my public library....more
I didn’t love this collection of short stories, but I am thrilled it exists. I love the concept of it and hope that other readers who love Octavia E.I didn’t love this collection of short stories, but I am thrilled it exists. I love the concept of it and hope that other readers who love Octavia E. Butler’s work will support work like it. Some of the short stories in this volume were just too short; ten pages or less and that’s too little to create setting, characters and a plot in a science fiction, fantasy, horror, or speculative fiction story.
There’s a nine page bit of LeVar Burton's sf novel Aftermath, which I’ve read, but it made me want to reread it. Tananarive Due writes excellent short stories and novels, but here she wrote a personal essay about her wish that she had spent more time with Octavia Butler. Me too: I wish I’d gone to a signing, I wish she’d written more. One of my favorite stories in here is “The Long Memory" by Morrigan Phillips. It’s a high fantasy story about a conflict between one who doesn’t want the people to remember and those whose calling it is to remember. Terry Bisson is a science fiction writer I have never read before, but has a vignette in this collection from his novel Fire on the Mountain, which I hope I can find.
I bought this from A Room of One’s Own bookstore in Madison, WI for $18.00 on 7/11/16....more
This is a brilliant sequel to the author’s novella Green Angel. In that book, Green learns to survive, in the face of cataclysm. In this book she learThis is a brilliant sequel to the author’s novella Green Angel. In that book, Green learns to survive, in the face of cataclysm. In this book she learns to thrive.
“Diamond left me to find his mother and his people. But what if his people are our enemies? What if I hadn’t seen him for who he really was? What if our love is something I only imagined, yearned for, invented out of air?" (52)
Read for Battle of the Books, sort of; I requested this book from interlibrary loan....more
I liked very much that the characters of this fantasy novel set on Southeast Asian Island –like islands describe themselves as people of color. I likeI liked very much that the characters of this fantasy novel set on Southeast Asian Island –like islands describe themselves as people of color. I like that they have unfamiliar to me religious and magic systems. The main character Lana is a magic gem diver, until her island experiences ecological collapse. She goes to live on another island, until a witch takes her for an apprentice— and to use her gifts.
I didn’t ultimately connect with this novel, though I did finish reading it. Bought 12/30/14 at Flights of Fantasy $14.99. Autographed, this is my first Alaya Dawn Johnson novel....more
I hadn't read anything aboutMany, many times I thought I’d put this book aside. I didn’t, I finished it; but it’s no Tooth and Claw or Among Others.
I hadn't read anything about this book before reading it, unusually for me. I read it because it is by Jo Walton. It took me a ridiculously long time to figure out that this is a retelling of Arthurian legend, sort of. It's Arthurian legend with men and women doing the soldiering together. Where being gay or lesbian isn't remarkable. Where not marrying or not having children isn't the end of the world. The characters' names and places threw me, and once I’d read about the characters and places, I couldn’t retain them. Sulien ap Gwien is the main character, she’s 17 when the Jarnish raiders come, and before she can tell her mother that she has been gang-raped, she is sent off to get help from the king, King Urdo.
She eventually becomes his greatest warrior, his Praefecto, in charge of his ala, his fighting cavalry. I wish there had been a glossary and a list of characters, with lineage, and a map in the copy I read. I’ve requested the next book in the series from the library, but I’m not sure I’ll read it. Except that every other book of Jo Walton’s I’ve loved, so maybe this was debut author-itis, or me. I requested this book from Interlibrary loan....more
Abigail Rook needs a job and finds one as R.F. Jackaby’s assistant. It’s 1892 in New Fiddleham, (New York?), she’s from England, went to college briefAbigail Rook needs a job and finds one as R.F. Jackaby’s assistant. It’s 1892 in New Fiddleham, (New York?), she’s from England, went to college briefly, then went off to a dinosaur dig in the Ukraine.
Jackaby says about himself: “I notice things… things that other people don’t.” (25) Like Sherlock Holmes, Jackaby & Rook consult with the police in crimes they cannot solve. Those crimes often involve non-humans, for Jackaby describes himself to Rook as a Seer, one who is able to see people and beings others cannot.
Rook is describing her own activities here. “It wasn’t that I did not believe in ghosts; it was that I believed in them in the same noncommittal way that I believed in giant squids or lucky coins or Belgium. They were things that probably existed, but I had never had any occasion to really care one way or another.” (82)
Jackaby looks a bit like several Doctors Who, has the personality of several of them, including the ego. This is fun! I look forward to more books in this new series. I requested this book from Interlibrary loan. Read for A- Z challenge....more
These are lovely poems, and haunting and sad, based on fairy tales with lovely photographs to illustrate them. I’m glad I read this. ”’Rapunzel’ How fThese are lovely poems, and haunting and sad, based on fairy tales with lovely photographs to illustrate them. I’m glad I read this. ”’Rapunzel’ How foolish I was to believe that/ crooning my name from below meant something/ more than pressing an elevator button.” (72)