February 2015 Month in Review


I’m especially happy to see the backside of February. It was a short, busy month full of major projects, desert snow (a.k.a. ice and mud), and respiratory illness (I sounded like Courtney Love and Maryanne Faithful after a duet at Lollapalooza). Due to my reading fails of last month, I kept my February reading goals attainable and met them all, but my reviews were on the low side.

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The Algebraist (2004) by Iain M. Banks


Around the time this blog was born, the science fiction world lost a giant. Iain Banks had died, and sentiments flooded the social media landscape. It was a bookmark moment for me, and a reminder of yet another author who I meant to read and never did. At the time, The Algebraist sounded like the coolest.

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More Noms: The 2014 Nebula Shortlists


Hey! Old news! The Nebula shortlist came out Friday!

Two of my picks on my shifting, fleeting, oft-reshuffled 2014 best novel shortlist were nominated. My reading overlap ratio isn’t nearly as uncanny as it was with the BSFA shortlist, but I didn’t expect to see much overlap between the two awards. Continue reading

The Sword of the Lictor (1982) by Gene Wolfe

TheSwordoftheLictorAnd we return to another installment of “Conversations with Gene,” where I rehash my experience with the third release in the Book of the New Sun tetralogy, and Gene continues to play coy, though less so than usual.


The past cannot be found in the future where it is not—not until the metaphysical world, which is so much larger and so much slower than the physical world, completes its revolution and the New Sun comes. [40]

Whoa, Gene. I don’t know if it’s the New Sun, but there is definitely something different going on in this book. Severian has settled down with Dorcas and has a stable torturer job in a new town. AND WORDS MAKE SENSE. What gives?
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The Female Man (1975) by Joanna Russ

TheFemaleManEveryone knows that much as women want to be scientists and engineers, they want foremost to be womanly companions to men (what?) and caretakers of childhood; everyone knows that a large part of a woman’s identity inheres in the style of her attractiveness.” [60]

“Laura is daydreaming that she’s Genghis Khan.” [60] Continue reading

Thoughts on the Latest SF Book Award Noms Noms Noms

So, uh, I don’t know if you noticed that all three of the novels I selected to illustrate my post about the Locus Recommended Reading list got shortlisted this weekend. Aaand, two of them received double-noms.

Remember this?


I’m super stoked that the above novels got nom’d for the exciting BSFA award! And, super-duper stoked that Lagoon and The Race also made the Red Tentacle shortlist for The Kitschies!

Let’s review the big news, then I promise I’ll get back to talking about old books.
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