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Uncanny, issue 2

Uncanny Issue 2Title: Uncanny, issue 2
Editor: Lynne M. ThomasMichael Damian Thomas
Magazine
Genre: nonfiction, science fiction

I just got the second issue of Uncanny in my inbox last night, when I woke up this morning I read the first story in it. I think I will probably end up reading most of them, so I might as well gather all my reviews in one place.

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Ancillary Sword

20706284Title: Ancillary Sword
Author: Ann Leckie
Series: Imperial Radch, book 2
Genre: science fiction, space opera

Opening sentence:

“Now if the tyrant was watching – she was surely watching, though Mercy of Kalr, would be so long as we were in the system – let her think I was resenting having a baby foisted on me when I’d rather have someone who knew what they were doing.”

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12 space opera stories worth reading

spaceopera
Illustration by Chris McGrath

I don’t know about you, but I love a good space opera. I know faster than light travel will in all likelihood never happen but it makes for darn fine fiction. I grew up with Star Wars and a stack of middle grade science fiction books that didn’t give a darn about the science. I adored Firefly and whenever a space opera movie is running in the theaters I am there. Good space opera to me is all about the plot, the drama, the characters and not about the science of their spaceships. However really interesting space opera play with the implications on society of the world building they have set up. They ask the what-if questions of science fiction but doesn’t let the science slow down the story one bit. I have picked out the best I have read in the genre. I am drawn to strong female characters so expect those. I have mixed in books, comics and short stories and novellas. Enjoy!

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2013 Nebula nominations: Ancillary Justice

Ancillary JusticeSo the 2013 Nebula nominations is out, which you have probably heard already. So why I am writing about it? Well Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie is nominated for best novel – which I totally called! When I read the book, I was about half way though then I told my boyfriend that I was sure that this book was going to be on all the award nomination lists this year. And boy has it ever!

The Nebulae nomination is far from the only recognition that  Ancillary Justice has gotten so far. It has also been nominated for the: British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel; Philip K. Dick Award; Tiptree award and it has won The Kitschies for Golden Tentacle. A huge congratulations to Ann Leckie! I for one can not wait for the next novel in the series. Read my review of Ancillary Justice.

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Books and stories I enjoyed in 2013

BOOK_by_FotunaI was inspired by Gail Carriger to do a post about what I enjoyed in 2013. This will be a mix of short stories, books and comics I enjoyed last year. Since I didn’t start this blog til September last year, I will draw on my goodreads reviews as well as the posts here.

As I said in an earlier post I read 87 books last year and GoodReads says I read 151 things all together, so I had plenty to choose from. I have decided that if I only read the newest book in the series this year, I might still recommend the series because I love long series. The reads are in no particular order.

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Ancillary Justice

17333324Title: Ancillary Justice
Author:  Ann Leckie
Published: October 1st 2013 by Orbit
Pages: 416 pages
Status: First reading, 26/10 – 29/10 2013
Genre: Science fiction

The book is about an A.I. hiding in a human body. She used to be a spaceship, but is no longer that. She tries to navigate a human world. It is an epic science fiction story of the same kind of cloth that Dune was cut from.

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