Reading project, week ending 9 Aug 2020

What have I read this week?

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

This is a novel about a young girl named Wen and her two fathers. They are on holiday in a remote cabin when four people arrive insisting they have to make a terrible choice. I didn’t like this; it was just horrible.

Beethoven Was One-sixteenth Black by Nadine Gordimer

This is a collection of short stories. I didn’t like these; I couldn’t get into them and didn’t finish the book.

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Reading project, week ending 26 Jul 2020

What have I read this week?

Missing by Kelley Armstrong

This is a YA novel about a girl named Winter who lives in a small rural town. I enjoyed this; it was a fun read and the characters were interesting.

Forest of Ruin (Age of Legends Book 3) by Kelley Armstrong

This is a fantasy novel about twin sisters Moria and Ashyn who have powers over the spirits of the dead. I enjoyed this; it was a good conclusion to the series and a fun read.

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic

This is a nonfiction book which is an introduction to critical race theory. It discusses how CRT arose, the main players, and what it is. I found this really interesting and quite accessibly written and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in CRT specifically, or race-based critiques in general.

The Orphans of Raspay by Lois McMaster Bujold

This is a fantasy novella about a man named Penric, a priest who is possessed by a demon named Desdemona. I enjoyed this; it’s a fun read and I like the characters and the world.

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Reading project, week ending 19 Jul 2020

What have I read this week? Just one.

Betrayals (The Cainsville Series Book Four) by Kelley Armstrong

This is a fantasy novel about Olivia, Ricky and Gabriel, who are avatars of an ancient doomed romantic triangle. In this incarnation, Olivia must choose between the two men. I quite enjoyed this; it’s an easy read and the characters are quite compelling. I’d definitely read more in the series.

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Reading project, week ending 12 Jul 2020

What have I read this week? Sorry, I forgot to post this, even though it was ready on time!

Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

This is a speculative fiction novel set in future Toronto, when the main part of the city has been abandoned by the authorities. I did enjoy it, although there are some elements that didn’t age well, but I found the world and the characters interesting.

Seed to Harvest by Octavia E. Butler

This is a collection of science fiction novels, about an offshoot of humanity who have a variety of psychic powers. The books in the collection are Wild Seed, Mind of My Mind, Clay’s Ark and Patternmaster. I enjoyed Wild Seed the most, and Clay’s Ark the least, but found problematic elements in all of them. The stories themselves are interesting, I just had some issues with some of the content.

Lilith’s Brood by Octavia E. Butler

This is a collection of science fiction novels, about the remnants of humanity who are sav d by an alien race. The books in the collection are Dawn, Adulthood Rites and Imago. I found the stories interesting, and they were an easy read, but like Seed to Harvest, I had some issues with the content.

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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.

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Reading project, week ending 14 Jun 2020

What have I read this week? Just one, but at least I finally finished something!

The Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew Williams

This is a science fiction novel about a woman called Jane Kamali who lives in the far future when technology in the galaxy has been partially and unevenly rolled back by a phenomenon called the pulse. I quite enjoyed this; it’s a fun read and I enjoyed the characters and the world.

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