It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.
• What are you reading now?
Collaborators, by Deborah Wheeler. This book, a Tiptree Award contender, was suggested as a result of my post about space opera a couple weeks back. So far, it is more of a first contact story, between humans who have developed in radically different directions, with fascinating gender diversity, but recognizable emotions. I’m not surprised about the depth of emotion; this is Deborah Ross, writing under her former name, whose work I talked a little about here.
Just out, and deservedly hugely popular, which curiously contains some similar elements as Naomi Novil’s forthcoming Uprooted (see below),but goes in a totally different direction, is Rosamund Hodge’s Crimson Bound. She takes the French Contes and creates a fairy tale world centered around France, featuring a Little Red Riding Hood who becomes the wolf, and the Girl With No Hands–who isn’t a girl. Lots of action, emotion, fabulation so far, heading for dark and interesting places.
• What did you recently finish reading?
From short titles to incredibly long:
Coming out next week, Kate Betts’ My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine. An absorbing, vivid look at an American abroad. She and I could not be more different, but my own experience abroad struck so many similar notes. Longer review here; really, really enjoyed this memoir.
Browned Off and Bloody-Minded: The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945, by Alan Allport. What it says on the tin. Short review, excellent within its plainly stated limitations. More here.
The Jennifer Morgue, by Charles Stross. Sharply funny, slam-bang action-skimming-horror send-up of the Bond franchise, with sff chops. And spies! Lots of spies! And bureaucracy! Really interesting riff at the end of the story addressing the James Bond thing.
Scarlett Undercover, by Jennifer Latham, a YA sleuth novel coming out on the 19th. A one-sitting-read. Short review: if you like Veronica Mars, you’ve got a good chance of loving this, and bonus points for diversity in characters. Longer review here.
• What do you think you’ll read next?