Reading project, week ending 21 Jun 2020

What have I read this week? Quite a few; I guess I’m making up for the last few weeks of minimal reading.

The Need by Helen Phillips

This is a novel about a woman named Molly who is a paleobotanist who has found some anomalous artefacts at the site she is working at. I didn’t like this. I couldn’t relate to Molly’s character at all, and I didn’t find the plot very interesting.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

This is a retelling of Norse myths. I enjoyed these, although I would have liked a bit more about the motivation for their actions, especially Loki. They’re detailed enough that I wanted more than “that’s just how they are” to explain why they did what they did.

Queer Africa: Selected Stories edited by Makhosazana Xaba and Karen Martin

This is an anthology of short stories by queer African authors. I enjoyed these; they were interesting and well-written.

The Collapsing Empire: Book 1 of The Interdependency Series by John Scalzi

This is a science fiction novel about a far-future society where humans travel through space via the Flow, but it has begun to collapse. I enjoyed this. The characters were interesting, as is the world, and it’s an easy read. I definitely want to read the rest of the series.

The Consuming Fire: Book 1 of The Interdependency Series by John Scalzi

This is the sequel to The Collapsing Empire, and I enjoyed it a great deal. It’s just as good as the first book, and carries on the story in an engaging way. I look forward to reading the third book.

© bardofupton 2020

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