One of the stories in this collection was nominated for a Locus Award. I got the collection to read that story and ended up reading all of them. The collection itself was also nominated for a Locus Award.
Genre: science fiction and fantasy short story collection
Length: 362 pages of stories, 373 pages total
Setting: various locations, mostly on Earth
Summary: Short version: Stories by various authors featuring either robots or fairies, and sometimes both Continue reading
I’ve been hearing about the book as a great example of science fiction by a black author and decided to pick it up. Luckily, my library had the novellas collected into a single book.
Published: 2019 as a collection, 2015-2017 as novellas
Genre: 358 pages
Setting: mostly the desert African city of Himba, and the planet Oozma Uni
Summary: Short version: Binti’s event-filled life after she’s accepted to an off-world school Continue reading
This is the last Locus Award nominee for the 2019 short story category.
Published: February, 2018 at Slate (you can read it for free at the link provided)
Genre: science fiction
Setting: New Delta, a city in near future Nigeria
Summary: Short version: Anwuli doesn’t want to leave her house, even though a pollen storm is coming Continue reading
I had picked up this collection to read two Locus Award nominee for short stories. I enjoyed them so much I got sucked into reading the rest of the collection.
Published: 2018 for the collection, 2004-2017 for the individual stories
Genre: science fiction and fantasy
Length: 397 pages
Summary: Short version: A collection of Jemisin’s short stories. I’ll summarize each one briefly Continue reading
I’ve managed to acquire a number of new books that looked interesting, so I thought I’d share my new additions to my TBR list.
First up is an option for a read aloud (once we start school back up full time): The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty. I read a GeekMom post that reviewed books they had read recently, and this one stood out to me. It’s a middle grade book that promises lots of magical adventures and travels. Bronte’s parents have been killed by pirates, and now she must deliver a series of packages to her aunts, or her hometown will be destroyed. Might be the perfect way to start the school year off.
Keeping with the pirate theme, Tor had a post of their favorite fantasy pirate books. I’ve read a couple of them (like Stardust and Kushiel Legacy series), but many of the others sound like they’d be worth reading. Wired had a list of new fiction out this summer that had some excellent books on it. I’m most excited about Neal Stephenson’s new book, Fall; or, Dodge in Hell.
Finally, I’ve got The Emissary by Yoko Tawada. I heard about this one from a What Should I Read Next podcast (where I hear about lots of great books), episode 187. It’s a post-apocalyptic Japanese book. I’m not sure I’ve had the chance to read Japanese post-apocalyptic fiction. I’m trying to read more books set outside the U.S., so this is an easy add to my TBR.
And those are the books for this time. Anything else I should add?
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