Hello dear readers. This month has been scaled back, but I think I’ve managed to keep up a fairly reasonable rate of reviews. I do seem to have less time in general for reading and reviewing, even though I ended up dropping a class (taking 22 credit hours was a horrible decision).
Anyway, let’s get on with the recap!
First off, there’s the interesting links section. Like last month, I don’t have a whole lot. Maybe it fits into the whole “I’m absurdly busy right now” thing.
- This piece on Vulture talks about the depiction of mental health in the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I love that show so much.
- Intisar Khanani is moving from self published to traditional published. Check out this interview with her, her agent, and her editor.
- Ijeoma Oluo on talking about race with her white mother.
- Nan Monroe uses The Shape of Water to talk about how different perspectives can lead to different viewpoints.
And onto DNF’s for the month of January.
I probably could have pushed through Semiosis by Sue Burke, but I was so not feeling it. I picked up the novel on the basis of “truly alien aliens,” and I think it was delivering on that front. But when the blurb talked about different generations, I didn’t realize that the novel would be switching generations (and narrators) each chapter. And unfortunately, both sections I read had similar sounding voices and so-so characterization. Throw in a graphic rape scene that felt included only for shock value, and I was not having a great time with this one. Still, I think some of my other book blogger friends are planning to read it, and I’ll be interested to see what they think.
I read about the first 25% of Project Mothership by Ash Gray. I think it came down to humorous sci-fi largely being hit or miss for me, and it was clear pretty quickly that this one was a miss. Still, my thanks to the author for the ARC.
Next, what’s up in February?
I’ve already got these posts scheduled:
- A review of Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra
- A review of Impostor Syndrome by Mishell Baker
- A review of A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron
- A review of Odd & True by Cat Winters
- A review of The Belles by Dhanielle Clayton
- A review of The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt
- An interview with Alex Wells
And I’m working on these posts:
- A review of The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz
- A review of Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
- A review of Quietus by Tristan Palmgren
- A review of Old Worlds, New Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean
- A review of Zeroboxers by Fonda Lee
I’ll keep working on the Persepolis Rising read along, although I’m terribly behind. Still, if I don’t fit it’s review into February, you’ll definitely see one come March. I’ve got some ARC’s I’m trying to get to come February, especially Daughters of the Storm. I might also read ahead to The Poppy War, since I keep seeing so many good things about it. I’ve got some TBR books I also want to get to, especially Her Body and Other Parties. Finally, I need to do some reading for my YA fiction class. We get to chose four books for independent reading, with the stipulation that they’ve won some sort of award. I decided to kill two birds with one stone and chose YA SFF that I can also blog about. So at some point you’ll hopefully see a review of A Wrinkle in Time (I read it in middle school but can remember absolutely nothing), Zeroboxers, and The Lie Tree.
Reviews from January
4 1/2 stars
The Infernal Battalion by Django Wexler
Sourdough and Other Stories by Angela Slatter
Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey
No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished by Rachel Aaron
Blood Binds the Pack by Alex Wells
The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang
3 1/2 stars
The Tree by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun
Between Worlds by Martha Wells
Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
2 1/2 stars
Moonshine by Jasmine Gower
And last but not least, all my non-review posts from this month.
Here, on the Illustrated Page:
- An overview of my reading in 2017
- The last Tremontaine season three episode
- Persepolis Rising read along: part one and part two
Queership is shutting its doors, which means the end of the Rainbow Briefs column I did over there. Which is sort of awkward, because I’ve got a ton of lists in progress. Oh well. Maybe I can start up a feature here on The Illustrated Page? But before you say goodbye, here’s the last couple of Rainbow Briefs:
That’s about it for January. What was your favorite book this month? What are you reading in February?