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Five for Friday!

Posted on: April 19, 2019

Welcome to a new-ish feature here at Little Red Reviewer, called Five for Friday. The concept is simple – it’s a Friday, and I post a photo of 5 books, and then we chat about them in the comments.

The only things these books have in common are:
– they were on my bookshelf
– I’m interested in your thoughts on them.

Want to join in? Post a picture of 5 random books you own, with the tag #5ForFriday and get your friends talking.

have you read any of these? if yes, did you like them? If you’ve not read them, does the cover make you interested in learning more about the book?

Embassytown by China Mieville  (2011) – if you like weird AF scifi, this is for you. you may also need a dictionary, Mieville likes his obscure words. I remember struggling with, but really enjoying this book when I read it. I’m interested in reading it again.


Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter (2013) – when humans can be genetically modified, how will society view these genetically modified people?  I like social science fiction, so I enjoyed this whole trilogy.


The Gabble and other stories by Neal Asher (2015) – I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by Asher. Many of his novels take place in a larger universe, but if you’re like me and you’re not sure where to start, his short fiction is an excellent place. mostly hard scifi, lots of aliens who think humans make a good snack.


Central Station by Lavie Tidhar (2016) – a mosaic novel of interconnected stories that take place in a future Tel Aviv, where an international space station was built – if you want to get to space, your shuttle takes off from the station in Tel Aviv!  Families trying to get by, robots trying to find their place in a society that doesn’t need them anymore. you can read this as a handful of short stories, you can read it as a loose novel, whatever you want.


The Inconvenient God by Francesca Forrest (2018) – what a wonderful little  novella! At a university, it’s time for one of the old, less needed gods, to be retired. He’s not ready to go. He doesn’t even know his own origin story. This is a beautiful story, highly recommended.





17 Responses to "Five for Friday!"

I really loved Central Station, although I didn’t enjoy the follow up as much. (Unholy Land) And for some reason I’ve never read Embassytown, and I’m a huge Mieville fan!


I think i have a (unread) copy of Unholy Land. I didn’t know it was a follow up to Central Station.

Did you read Mieville’s Railsea? that one was great!!


It is not a follow up in the sense of being a sequel. Just that it was published next.


You got me this time, I haven’t read any of them.


of these, I think you might like the Neal Asher.


Central Station was not loved by the Beamers:


I agree with a lot of the Beamers comments. If you’re looking for plot, or resolution, or character growth, this book is not for you. It’s a lot of vignettes, that sort of are all connected.


If I asked you to guess which two I’ve read, which two are on my list because of other things the authors wrote, and which one I have never heard of, I wonder if you’d get it right. 😀


Let’s see. . . .

two you’ve read – the Asher and the Saulter
two that are on your TBR – the Tidhar and the Mieville
one you’ve never heard of – the Forrest

did I get close?

and you’ve invented a great twist on this blogging meme! 2 you’ve read, 2 that are on your TBR, and 1 you’ve never heard of. i like it!


Close! Saulter you know because you assigned it to me. :p I haven’t read that Asher, but have as far as Brass Man. Embassytown was one of my top reads the year it came out – still dig it and should read again. Tidhar is on my list, but only read his first book, the one when the British Royalty are lizards.
No clue about Forrest.


i want to read Embassytown again too! ummm. .. . read along?

what did you think of the Tidhar you read? I seem to like his short stories but I’ve bounced off his longer stuff.


I dare not promise anything until my son stops Little League. It consumes my life.

I read The Bookman several years ago. It was fine, but hasn’t stuck with me as much as some. I am more interested in his recent stuff. Mt. TBR is out of control tho.


Man, I love the covers you have for the China Mieville and the Lavie Tidhar – my covers are so *meh* in comparison! Gemsigns sounds interesting, and Neal Asher is an author I’ve been meaning to read for a while now, but have never actually done anything about it. 🙂
Still loving this #five for Friday!! ❤


Which covers do you have for those? When Embassytown came out, i got it in hardback from the library, and bought a copy when it finally came out in paperback, lol, i think i was pissed because this is a “taller” paperback, not a little fat one like what I’m used to. This is an ARC of the Tidhar from Tachyon, I don’t actually know what the final cover art looked like, and i think maybe this book was published under a few different publishers at different times?

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For the Mieville I have the black cover that does that half-and-half thing with an eye (?) and an ornate city (I really don’t like those Mieville half-and-half covers … but foragers can’t be choosers I guess). For the Tidhar I have a very stylised city-of-the-future vista with ships flying across in shades of blue-purple. It’s actually pretty nice, I just like the one you have more … because I don’t have that one. 😀


I love those half and half Mieville covers!! i thought they were so modern when they came out!

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Oh no! Sorry! You’re right of course, they ARE modern … I find them a bit same-y, I think.

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