Emma Newman makes me cry. Or to be more fair, her writing tends to make me cry, because I get so invested in her characters that I get ALL THE FELLS. The crying to go bad with her Split World series, that I had to postpone reading the last few books in the series, they were simply way too hard for me. I meet Emma at Åcon this spring and she very sweetly apologized for making me cry and signed my copies of the Planetfall books. Luckily her Planetfall series, were less hard on my eyes and poor feelings. That is not to say that they didn’t give me deep emotions – just with less weeping.
The three first Planetfall books can be read in any order, according to Emme Newman. I read them in this order: Before Mars, Planetfall and After Atlas, I will however review them in publication order and talk about the series as such.
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I don’t often read books that was published before 2000 – much less books from the 1980’s – not because I necessarily dislike reading older works, though they are often so problematic, but because I am busy reading the new books that come out. I did however pick up “A Matter of Oaths” after a recommendation of it from a trusted source. And boy was I glad that I did!
The web is based on a simple concept: a direct link between mind and machine.
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Title: A Stranger in Olondria
Author: Sofia Samatar
Genre: Second world fantasy, travel novel
I was a stranger in Olondria, I knew nothing of the splendor of its coasts, nor of Bain, the Harbor City, whose light and colors spill into the ocean like a cataract of roses.
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Title: Ancillary Sword
Author: Ann Leckie
Series: Imperial Radch, book 2
Genre: science fiction, space opera
“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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Title: Velveteen vs. The Multiverse
Series: Velveteen vs. book 2
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: Superhero fiction, humor
I reviewed book 1, Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots, last year and you can read my review here.
It was a beautiful September afternoon in the sleepy little town Isley, California (population 840, on a good day when no one had decided to drive up to Sacramento for some big city thrills).
Like with the first book and Cookie Cutter Superhero by Tansy Rayner Roberts this book is very much metafictional and it has so much love for the superhero genre. Both Roberts and McGuire understand that loving something allows you to look at something critical without that diminishing your love for it. The best satire always comes from a place of passion – because it requires a great amount of passion to acquire the level of knowledge it requires to really highlight the most funny and problematic areas of what you love. The Velveteen stories does just that.
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Editor: Julia Rios & Alisa Krasnostein
Short story anthology
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, urban fantasy, horror, magical realism
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.
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