Here’s another card from Theclockworkbook. The top card is the blank card. The bottom is marked with my symbols. Brown X for read, Orange circle for have and want to read, and pink circle is for want to read, but don’t have yet. It seems that this isn’t my genre.
In the above linked article, several Douglas Adams quotes are listed. I use some of them frequently, since the Hitchhikers books are some of my favorites.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the list, and several that I use often.
‘The Answer to the Great Question…Of Life, the Universe and Everything…Is…Forty-two.’
― The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
‘I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.’
― The Salmon of Doubt
‘I’d far rather be happy than right any day.’
― The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
This was one of my favorite series growing up. I am glad that it’s still going strong. I plan on picking it up again one of these days, as a reread. I won’t forget my towel.
Towel Day is May 25.
Today is a very special day, towel day. Doubly so because it’s the 42nd one.
The above video tells what makes it special.
The Trilogy in five is one of my favorites. Happy hitchhiking!
The above linked article shows an adorable Star Trek rocker for kids. I suspect, judging by the size, that it’s more for the Star Trek fan parents to watch their kids fly off on the Enterprise.
According to the above linked article, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy premiered 42 years ago yesterday. Happy birthday!
I may have to reread this series again. After I get the stuff with deadlines read. To quote Douglas Adams: “I love deadlines,” he wrote. “I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” I am finding lately that this is very true, and keeps my schedule less crazy if I don’t finish stuff in time and I can’t go to the event that had the deadline. Who am I kidding? It’ll be crazy for a while.
The above linked article talks about new sci fi books that came out this year. It mentions the below listed books. I have only heard of a few of them, but some will be on my TBR list soon.
“Automatic Eve” by Rokuro Inui
Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s “We Cast a Shadow,”
“What The Dead Man Said,”
by Emil Hjörvar Petersen, “Crimson Hills,”
“The Hanging Artist” by Jon Steinhagen
“Flowers of Mold and Other Stories” by Korean author Ha-Seong Nan.
“The Hanging Artist”
Shirley Jackson “Flowers of Mold”
Karen Lord’s “Unraveling.”
“Million Mile Road Trip,”
“The Haunting of Tram Car 015”
“Famous Men Who Never Lived” by K Chess
“The Night Tiger” by Yangsze Choo
“This is How You Lose the Time War,” by Amal El-Mohtar
“Here Now and Then,”
“The Heavens” by Sandra Newman
“Gods of Jade and Shadow”
“Signal to Noise.”
“The Violent Century,”
“A Man Lies Dreaming,”
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
01. N. K. Jemisin
N. K. Jemisin made history by winning the Hugo Award three years in a row for The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, and The Stone Sky, a trilogy about a world breaking apart and a displaced group of people with the power to save it. She’s also the author of the Inheritance trilogy, which begins with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and follows an ostracized woman shocked to be named heir to the kingdom, and The Killing Moon, a murder mystery about a kingdom where sleep magic is revered. Jemisin’s newest book is a collection of speculative stories called How Long ‘Til Black Future Month?.
02. Fonda Lee
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.
04. Martha Wells
Martha Wells is the author of the wildly popular novella series The Murderbot Diaries, which includes All Systems Red, Artificial Condition, Rogue Protocol, Exit Strategy, and a forthcoming novel. She’s also the writer of the fantasy series Books of the Raksura, about an orphan shape-shifter who discovers he’s not alone in the world—but he’s also the only one able to save his newfound family. The first book is The Cloud Roads.
05. Leigh Bardugo
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!
I think I am going to try to finish some halfway finished books in the month of January 2019.
Their eyes were watching God Started but not finished for book club over the summer.
Holiday princess overdue library book
The Affliction Written by a coworker. I want to get a review up sooner than later.
Curse of the Lord of darkness The first book I received to read and review. Haven’t read it yet, so I need to review it.