I picked this book up because of bookclub. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started it. I ended up enjoying it a lot. I didn’t have any background with Lovecraft’s books, but I didn’t really need it to understand the book.
The book kind of read like a book of short stories, but all of the stories actually tied together somehow. It all made sense in the end. It had well-rounded characters that I ended up caring about by the end. It wasn’t too scary, even though it’s tagged as horror. The sci fi part was important, though. Neither are my usual genre, but it was still worth the read.
The above linked article talks about how male authors dominate the Sci Fi industry, but some women have had success. I have read All systems Red, by Martha Wells, part of the Murderbot Diaries. I did enjoy it. I have The City of Brass on my list, and The Bear and the Nightingale is there, too.
I’ve copied part of the article by Tirzah Price here, to show the authors’ names. I have faith that they will continue to write such strong stories.
Fonda Lee is the author of both YA and adult sci-fi and fantasy. She’s written Zeroboxer, about a rising star in the weightless boxing world who stumbles upon a criminal conspiracy. Exo and its sequel, Cross Fire, are set in a world where an alien race has taken over the human world; protagonist Donovan is okay with it—until anti-alien terrorists kidnap him and the fate of the galaxy depends on his staying alive. Jade City is an Asian-inspired fantasy set in a world where jade is currency and a force for focusing magical powers; when jade becomes a little too accessible, it sets off a clan war. The sequel, Jade War, is expected in July 2019.
03. Naomi Novik
Naomi Novik is the fantasy author of the Temeraire series, which reimagines the Napoleonic Wars—with dragons. The first in the six-book series is His Majesty’s Dragon. Most recently, Novik penned the award-winning fantasy novels Uprooted and Spinning Silver, which are loose retellings of the fairy tales Beauty and the Beast and Rumpelstiltskin. Uprooted won the Nebula Award and was a Hugo Award finalist; Spinning Silver was a Nebula Award finalist.
Arguably the reigning queen of YA fantasy, Leigh Bardugo has written many books set in her Grishaverse. Shadow and Bone introduces readers to Ravka, a war-torn country marred with a swath of darkness that contains monsters. Six of Crows is a fantasy heist novel about six misfits who find themselves in the middle of an international conspiracy, and King of Scars is the first in a new duology that follows the events of the Shadow and Bone trilogy. Bardugo has also written The Language of Thorns, a collection of short stories set in the Grishaverse. Her debut adult fantasy novel, Ninth House, will be released in fall 2019.
06. Nnedi Okorafor
Dr. Nnedi Okorafor is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning fantasy and science fiction novelist, as well as a scholar. She has written the Binti trilogy, a powerful saga of a girl who is the first of her people to attend Oomza University in another galaxy, only to have her journey derailed by a terrible animosity between the university and an enemy species. For teens, she’s written Akata Witch, about a Nigerian-American girl with magical powers who joins a school of other magically gifted teens who soon find themselves pitted against a magical criminal. She’s also written Who Fears Death, a novel set in post-apocalyptic Africa, about a young woman born as the sole survivor of her people’s genocide—who is destined to become their savior.
07. Seanan McGuire
Seanan McGuire is a prolific author of fantasy and science fiction, both under her name and the name Mira Grant. She’s the author of The October Daye novels, the first of which is Rosemary & Rue. It’s about half-fae, half-human October Daye, who is pulled into the fae world to investigate the death of a faerie countess. She’s also written the Wayward Children series, about a school for children who’ve slipped into other worlds and need a little help readjusting to this one; the first book is Every Heart a Doorway. As Mira Grant, McGuire wrote Feed, about a zombie apocalypse born of an attempt to cure cancer. Her newest novel is Middlegame, a fantasy about twins Roger and Dodger—one skilled with words, the other with numbers—and the man who created them.
08. Becky Chambers
Becky Chambers is the author of Wayfarers series, beginning with The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, which was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. It’s about a woman named Rosemary Harper, who settles in for some distraction from her past aboard the Wayfarer ship, easily entertained by the eccentric crew. But when a job offer with a huge payoff and potentially fatal risks comes through, Rosemary gets way more than she bargained for. A Closed and Common Orbit and Record of a Spaceborn Few are stand-alone sequels set in the same universe.
09. S. A. Chakraborty
S. A. Chakraborty is an exciting new voice in fantasy. Her debut novel is The City of Brass, set in a magical 18th-century Cairo. When protagonist Nahri accidentally summons a djinn during one of the harmless cons she plays to survive, she discovers a legendary city of brass called Daevabad and stumbles into the middle of long-simmering unease between the djinns. The sequel, The Kingdom of Copper, continues Nahri’s adventures; a third book in the trilogy is forthcoming.
10. Katherine Arden
Katherine Arden‘s fantasy debut is The Bear and the Nightingale, a fantasy set in imperial Russia that explores the tensions between old magic and new Christianity in a tiny, snowy village. It incorporates many classic fairy tale elements and is followed by The Girl in the Tower and The Winter of the Witch. Katherine also writes spooky fantasy for kids. Her first middle-grade novel is Small Spaces, about a girl who encounters deadly scarecrows when her bus breaks down on a field trip. A sequel is set for fall 2019!
My reading goal for 2019 is 75 books. I was asked why. Because I didn’t have a lot of trouble with 62 books in 2018. The 62 was chosen as a book a week, plus ten audiobooks. I fell behind for a while because of lack of concentration after my surgery. I caught up and surpassed my goal.
I feel that a goal should be a challenge, but not unattainable. Sure, I could set my goal for 1 book for the year, and meet it almost immediately, but there’s no challenge in that. I’d finish right away and be bored the rest of the year.
One of my Goodreads friends set a 2018 goal of 2018 books. She read 10. That’s not even close. Why set such an unattainable goal? Six ish books a day? Not going to happen, really.
I do have friends who set their goal over 100. I am not yet that brave. That would stress me out, so I add to my goal little bits at a time. I met that goal, next year try a little more. Maybe in a couple of years, I’ll be over 100. Not this one.
My retiree friends have 365 books set as a goal. And make it by early December. Please note… retiree. I don’t make time for a book a day yet. Maybe one day.
75 books in 2019. I think it’s doable for me. As those of you who read me frequently know, I have many halfway finished, so I have a little head start. I can do this!
Sometimes, I just don’t know where to start. I have time to read. I have plenty of reading material. I just can’t decide.
I have my Kindles full of books. Never a shortage, even if I don’t have the Kindle that I want, whichever one I have has something on it that’s worth reading.
I have a big stack of books to choose from. Sometimes nothing looks appealing. Sometimes they all look appealing and I can’t decide where to start.
I always have several books started. Sometimes, I’m slow at picking one up again. I simply can’t decide.
Sometimes, it’s that I’m too tired. Sometimes, it’s that I’m too overwhelmed. Sometimes, I’m just too busy. And, mostly, it’s just that the decision isn’t being made.
If someone picked one for me when I’m in the middle of reader’s block, I still wouldn’t feel like reading it. It just happens sometimes. Like writer’s block, you just have work your way through it and read something. Facebook articles don’t count. Sorry.