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Current reads and new stuff

Posted on: July 16, 2017

It’s been a good week for reading!  A little too good, actually, as I keep wanting to start new books even though I’m enjoying what I’m currently reading.

I finished Pilot X by Tom Merritt, and need to write a review of it.  If you like Doctor Who, you’ll like Pilot X.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been on and off reading The Physician, by Noah Gordon, and can you believe I’m reading a book that is not a scifi or fantasy book!!  Straight up historical fiction, it’s like an Edward Rutherford only way more focused and far more enjoyable to read.  My mom lent me the paperback, and it sat unread until I saw the movie version on Netflix. The movie of The Physician is very good, and they completely smashed up the plot and characters to jam what is a ten year story into a 3 hour movie.  Also? the movie got me interested in reading the book, so mission accomplished. I’m about halfway through the book, and while I am enjoying myself and the book is very readable, I am losing steam.

Peter Watts’ Blindsight is one of my favorite hard scifi novels, and I’ve had a copy of Echopraxia for at least 2 years and I haven’t picked it up until now. What is wrong with me?  Anyways, Echopraxia is a sort of companion novel to Blindsight. Same universe, same time period, but one is not the sequel or prequel of the other.  Now that I’m about 2/3 of the way through Echopraxia,  wow the paranoia and visceral terror is just ramped all the way up!! If like me, you are still trying to get the terrible taste of the movie Prometheus out of your mouth, read some Watts.

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, this unassuming volume came into the house by way of loan:

A Requiem for Astounding is part history of the magazine, part love letter to the golden age, and part pure nostalgia.  I come across all these “classic” short stories all over the place, in raggedy “best of” volumes, as reprints, but I have no context for any of it. Here’s hoping this book of essays will give me some much needed context.  I enjoy non-fiction scifi related stuff like this, these older ones are getting near impossible to find!

 

And in the department of new ARCs that have arrived, we have these:

Emerald Circus is a collection of re-imagined fairy tales and includes Yolen’s famous short story “Sister Emily’s Lightship”.  I’m excited for this one, and as it is all short stories that means I can read it a little at a time and not be asking myself “who are these characters again? What were these people doing?”

Like Yolen, Ann Leckie needs no introduction.  Provenance is Leckie’s new novel, out in September. I was not a fan of her famous awards sweeping Ancillary trilogy, but I like what she says on twitter, I respect her editing philosophy, and I’m interested to try Provenance, if only to see how much range her writing has.

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6 Responses to "Current reads and new stuff"

I got a NetGalley invite for The Emerald Circus and I might go for it. The more I think about it the cooler it sounds!

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you’ll probably get to it before I do, so let me know what you think!

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I’ve got a copy of The Emerald Circus and I’m looking forward to dipping in and out. I don’t tent to go for short stories but I really liked the sound of this one. Hope you like the Lexie. I was also not keen on the An ill art trilogy so I’ll look forward to seeing what you make of this new one.
Happy reading
Lynn 😄

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I run hot and cold with anthologies and short story collections. I seem to either really love them, or barely make it 2 or 3 stories in before giving up. My cheat is that I read the shortest stories first!

I don’t know if I should wait for early reviews for the new Leckie to come out, or if I should dive in now?

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I got an ARC of Provenance too and like you I wasn’t head over heels over her Ancillary books either, but I’ll be looking forward to see what else she has in store. It sounds very different!

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and Very Different is pretty much the best thing it could be. It will be interesting to see if her novel writing craft is just a one trick pony.

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