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Books read, Jan-Jun 2017

Readercon was good -- better than expected. I'm hanging out with [personal profile] deelaundry & family on part of their summer vacation. The DS9 vidlet is 9/10 of the way done; still cranking along on the auction vid. Next week is my birthday. This coming weekend [personal profile] disgruntled_owl and I are at long last realizing plans to enjoy an internet-free writer's retreat.

This post is about none of those things, because it's nearly 10 p.m.

For now, it's time to post the mid-year reading roundup!

  1. Binti - Nnedi Okorafor ♥
  2. Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor
  3. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl vols. 1-2 - Ryan North & Erica Henderson ♥
  4. Paper Girls vols. 1-2 - Brian K. Vaughan & Cliff Chiang
  5. *Arab in America - Toufic el Rassi
  6. Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016 - ed. Karen Joy Fowler & John Joseph Adams ♥
  7. Binti: Home - Nnedi Okorafor ♥
  8. Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2015 - ed. Joe Hill & John Joseph Adams
  9. The Dream-quest of Vellitt Boe - Kij Johnson
  10. Lagoon - Nnedi Okorafor
  11. [129K BtVS fic by Thea_Bromine]
  12. *Speculative Fiction 2014 - ed. Renee Williams & Shaun Duke -- partial
  13. Carbide-Tipped Pens: Seventeen tales of hard science fiction - ed. Ben Bova & Eric Choi -- bailed
  14. *Sound Reporting - Jonathan Kern ♥
  15. Saga vol. 7 - Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples ♥
  16. *The Art and Craft of Feature Writing - William Blundel ♥
  17. Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire ♥ (here and here; spoilers)
  18. Swamplandia! - Karen Russell
  19. The Lottery and Other Stories - Shirley Jackson
  20. The Vision vols. 1 & 2 - Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Jordie Bellaire ♥
  21. Vampires in the Lemon Grove - Karen Russell ♥
  22. *The Unapologetic Fat Girl's Guide to Exercise - Hanne Blank ♥
  23. Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb
  24. Royal Assassin - Robin Hobb


Hm; looking at the (dearth of) links makes it even clearer how few books I've been reviewing this year beyond a few words of "great" or "meh." It has seemed like too much work. Still: Happy to talk about any of these, although it may take me a while to respond to comments.

Right now I'm reading The Grapes of Wrath and the last Assassin book. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire came in at the library, but I was disappointed to discover it's about Jack and Jill, not the Land of the Dead; given that it's due in two days, it's probably going back unread, for now.

Between regular curiosity and Readercon acquisitions & recommendations, the "check out next" list has grown quite long. Currently of greatest interest are:

- Roadside Picnic - Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
- So You Want to Be a Robot - A. Merc Rustad
- Technologies of the Self - Haris Durrani
- Stories of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
(have all of those in hand)

- Hundred Thousand Kingdoms trilogy - N.K. Jemisin
- Culture series - Ian M Banks (should start before October, for reasons)
- Something by Nisi Shawl, more stuff by Sofia Samatar
- Kindred, Parable of the Sower - Octavia Butler (Parable musical is coming back in October)
- Brown Girl in the Ring - Nalo Hopkinton
- The Smoking Mirror - David Bowles
- Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey, since it was this month's free Tor e-book and people in fandom seem to love it, although I'm not sure it's my style
- Any of the stack of 7 Nebula awards compilations I picked up for free at Readercon

etc etc etc

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