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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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The Left Hand of Darkness

c07b4c16-a946-4064-8b55-06393d3e5b0aimg100Title: The Left Hand of Darkness
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Series: Hainish Cycle, book 4
Genre: classic science fiction

Opening sentence:

“I’ll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of imagination.”

I have read The Left Hand of Darkness as part of my goal to read more classic fantasy/science fiction this year. I picked this book because it has been brought up quite a lot in the dissections of Ancillary Justice this year. I had also forgotten that I had ever read Ursula LeGuin when I picked up the book in Amsterdam this April. Since when, thanks to Sword & Laser, I have realised that I read The Earthsea as a teenager. I don’t remember much about the book other than quite liking it.

The Left Hand of Darkness has been a controversial book for me. I don’t remember ever being so conflicted about a book that I have finished reading. At times I quite frankly wanted to throw it at the wall while I have been reading other parts aloud to my mom because they were so pretty and made me very happy.

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Reading: The Left Hand of Darkness

c07b4c16-a946-4064-8b55-06393d3e5b0aimg100Title: The Left Hand of Darkness
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Series: Hainish Cycle, book 4
Genre: classic science fiction

This year I set myself a goal of reading some classic fantasy and science fiction works. When I was in Amsterdam in the spring I picked up a copy of “The Left Hand of Darkness”. I have tried starting it three times now. I decided that if I am going to motivate myself to reading it I properly need to write it about it as I read.

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Reading: Kaleidoscope

22029529Title:  Kaleidoscope
Editor:  Julia RiosAlisa 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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Vanilla

22029529Title: Vanilla
Author: Dirk Flinthart
Genre: science fiction, near future, aliens

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.

To me this was a really brave story. The story is about an Australian-somali teenage girl, Kylie Haward, who befriend some alien creatures who settled on Earth after their world was destroyed.

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End of Service

22029529Title: End of Service
Author: Gabriela Lee
Genre: science fiction, near future

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.

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.

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