Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Review: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders


Interesting examples of how to explain magical sort of sci fi, interesting mix of fantasy & sci fi. The first two chapters were just backstory on the two protagonists, but I found them compelling reads: worth the study on interesting characterization. A little too tongue-in-cheek overall for me. DNF but worth coming back to someday when I'm not so busy (read during NaNoWriMo!)

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Review: The Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse


Went straight into this after Black Sun. Great middle for the trilogy, although admittedly the previous one ended with a cliff-hanger. Looking forward to the next!

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse


Glorious writing, beautiful world-building. I care intensely about the characters, and as a writer am buying a copy to study her technique. I fall into the not-a-fan-of-fantasy camp but loved it.

Warning that the plot arc is only partially resolved in the first book. This is usually a pet peeve of mine, but it was good enough for me to get over that. Plus it helps that the second book is out, so I could jump straight into it. The ending of that is better resolved while still leaving a very clear third book to come. I can't wait!

ps. Did you know you can purchase this book on and support your local bookstore at the same time? I love it!

Monday, November 14, 2022

Science fiction? Science fantasy? Speculative fiction?

When it comes to the debate about what can be called science fiction, Ryan Britt nails it:

"... when it comes to the definition of science fiction, there's not really a moral imperative here. Culture changes the way we use language, irrespective of whether or not people like that change. Old-guard literary SF people don't have to like the new, more broad definition of science fiction, but they do have to live with it.

And I find this an interesting concept to consider. 

Unlike a mystery or a romance, science fiction doesn't have story-telling rules. Instead, sci-fi can encompass all the narrative genres. Shows like Star Trek or Doctor Who can do horror, comedy, romance, and mystery, all with the same characters in the same setting.