Crowdfunded project that I have supported among with many other people. The anthology gathers original fantasy and science fiction stories about diverse young adult protagonists. And they use the word diverse to cover a broad spectrum of genders, sexuality, ethnicity, ability and everything from neurotypical to protagonists that isn’t. The authors themself are also quite diverse.
Title: End of Service
Author: Gabriela Lee
Genre: science fiction, near future
Aya just lost her mom, who has been living as a migrant worker, somewhere else. Her mom has never been home much and that is making the grief process harder on Aya, who does not know what to think and feel.
Title: The Legend Trap
Author: Sean Williams
Genre: Horror, parallel worlds, science fiction
This is the part of my 100 Short Stories in 2014 challenge. This story is also part of the crowdfunded anthology Kaleidoscope, that I helped fund.
As I have stated before, horror really isn’t my cup of tea. Not even this wage kind of horror that plays more with emotions than with the more classic horror. This is the same kind of horror as the one you find in Coraline.
Title: Cookie Cutter Superhero
Author: Tansy Rayner Roberts
I helped kickstart the anthology Kaleidoscope last fall and it just got published the other day. I had tons of other short story collections and anthologies to read from, but I had really looked forward to this one, so I started reading almost right away. I now have a work commute again that is perfect for reading short stories, so that is going to be awesome for my project of reading tons of short stories this year.
After reading clean sweep I was really in the mood to read some more good urban fantasy – yes that happens quite a lot for me. I found Blood Price among the books recommended to me on goodreads.com and it was available in audiobook form, so I grabbed it. It has been a long time since I read something set in the early 90s, but it was a lot of fun. To me it almost feel like time traveling. No mobile phones, no internet – if you wanted to look something up, you better find a paper copy. There is a tiny bit of hacking in this book (to the level of getting an unlisted phone number) but computers play a very small role. It made it more fun to me.
This is really good solid urban fantasy and I really enjoyed it. It is not a very deep book with lots of themes that you will ponder for days, however it was the perfect summer read. It has action, an interesting magic system, good world building, some hot guys, a very capable female protagonist and mystery. In other words good solid urban fantasy and I really enjoyed it.