Friday Bookshelf: February 22, 2013

My TBR pile is sort-of-kind-of smaller if I don’t count e-books, so I’m starting to think of what I want to read next.  I tried to get into Midnight’s Children after reading Rushdie’s memoir, but there’s just a lot of book there.  I’m thinking ahead to Margaret Atwood, and John Scalzi’s backlist, and The Casual Vacancy, unless I get distracted by something else …

The Nebula finalist list was just released, and it has several interesting contenders in the Novel list:

  • Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed
  • Ironskin, by Tina Connolly
  • The Killing Moon, by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Drowning Girl, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Glamour in Glass, by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • 2312, by Kim Stanley Robinson

Ironskin I’ve already read, and loved loved loved.    I recently discovered Mary Robinette Kowal through twitter but haven’t yet started one of her books, but they look fabulous.  I hadn’t heard of N.K. Jemisin or Caitlin R. Kiernan before, but their books sound unique and complex and intriguing.

And as  you might have noticed by now, that is a list with 4 women on it, which has been much discussed on twitter.  This caused some griping among the sort of nerds who think that women are merely faking nerdiness and complaints that it would make sci fi/fantasy too much like romance.  This was admirably answered by Scott Lynch, whose book The Lies of Locke Lamora I’ve owned unread for years and I’ll really get on reading it soon, I promise.

Several of the short stories/novelettes/novellas seem to be available online, but so far I’ve only read this one, Swift, Brutal Retaliation by Meghan McCarron, and I was blown away by it.  Also, I don’t know what the distinction is between a short story, novelette, or novella.

However, if Sci Fi isn’t your thing, the LA Times released its list of finalists for their 2012 book awards.

If instead you’d like something a little older, here’s an archive of UK articles about 19th century literature.

And if you want just a quick read, Neil Gaiman has published his stories for the Keep Moving project here.  In case you didn’t see this, he asked a series of questions on twitter and chose one to inspire a story for each month.  It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’ve narrowed it down to September, October, or November.

I was trying to catch up on John Green from the library, but the hold list of a Fault in Our Stars is just too long.  I bought an actual print version, since I’m pretty sure I’m going to be demanding other people read it, too, and it’s always helpful to have a copy to loan.  I’m reading it slowly, because I don’t want it to end too quickly.

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