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lifes lotteryLife’s Lottery, by Kim Newman

published April 2014

Where I got it: purchased new

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The story contained in Life’s Lottery is different every time you read it.  And I don’t mean that in the sense that you’ve grown as a person between readings, or you notice new details every time, or you relate and/or sympathize with a different character each time. I mean that the story is completely different every time you read it, because this is a grown-up choose your own adventure book.

 

You remember the old Choose Your Own Adventure books from when you were a kid, right? Most of ones I read that that D&D Quest feel to them, with magic swords and caves to explore and dragons. I usually got eaten by the dragon.  hmmm… maybe that’s why I never wanted to play D&D when my friends offered? I was still having nightmares of losing the magic sword, falling from the cliff, and getting eaten by dragons.

 

There are no tunnels or caves or dragons in Kim Newmans newest novel. This is a very different kind of choose your own adventure story. Written in 2nd person, Life Lottery’s pushes the reader into the mindset of the main protagonist, Keith Marion. We meet Keith before he’s born, so it’s easy for the reader to insert themselves into Keith’s persona.  Don’t tell infant Keith, but we all know life isn’t all fun and games, and Newman starts the narrative out rather darkly, giving the reader almost too many opportunities to “go to 0”: to die (and start over, making better decisions next time).

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A little bit of everything here: bought new, bought used, received from publishers, gotten from paperbackswap.  Some new goodies on the kindle too. Those are much harder to photograph.

What looks good to you?

Goodies from Orbit and Tachyon:

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Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress

We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory

The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction  Vol 2, edited by Gordon Can Gelder

 

purchased new:

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman – have already read this, and omgIntense! Look for a book review soon.  Josh Malerman is doing a booksigning in my city later this week, I am super excited for that!

The Graveyard Book by Kage Baker – book 4 of Baker’s Company series. Looks like this is a Joseph book? sweet.

Life’s Lottery by Kim Newman – randomly saw it at the bookstore, and omg you guys, it’s a choose your own adventure book! it’s a different story every time you read it!!! and hello, it’s a choose your own adventure book!   Maybe this time I won’t get eaten by the dragon.  Because you know, I am tasty with ketchup.

 

 

Purchased used and from paperback swap:

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Illusion by Paula Voksly

This Immortal by Roger Zelazny

The Jesus Incident by Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom

Players at the Game of People by John Brunner

 

 

And some E-book anthologies, to round out the goodies:

(these were all provided either directly by the publisher, or by other venues I review for)

4 e-books

 

Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction From The Margins of History, edited by Rose Fox and Daniel Jose Older, featuring fiction by Nnedi Okorafor, Nicolette Barischoff, Ken Liu, Tananarive Due, Sofia Samatar, Thoraiya Dyer and more. I’ve already finished reading this one, so look for a review soon!

Apex Book of World SF Vol #3, edited by Lavie Tidhar, featuring fiction by Athena Andreadis, Amal El-Mohtar, Karin Tidbeck, Xia Jia, Benjanun Sridaungkaew and more

Clarkesworld Year 6, edited by Neil Clarke and Sean Wallace. Featuring a boat load of award winning and award nominated fiction, including Catherynne Valente’s Fade to White and Silently and Very Fast, Immersion by Aliette de Bodard, and Mantis Wives by Kij Johnson. Also featuring David Klecha and Tobias Buckell, Suzanne Church, Sarah Stanton, Robert Reed, and a ton more people. This one I think is going to take me a while to get through.  But even so…. watch for a review soon!

Lightspeed Magazine special issue Women Destroy Science Fiction, with short stories, flash fiction, essays and interviews. Another one that might take me a while to get through.

 

Alright kids, what looks good? What should I prioritize?  If all of these books were sitting on your coffee table, which would YOU read first?

 


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