Books

Reading List 2017

  1. Dhalgren, by Samuel R. Delany
  2. Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
  3. My Journey to Lhasa, by Alexandra David-Neel
  4. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
  5. Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell
  6. The Secret History of Wonder Woman, by Jill Lepore
  7. Silence, by Shusaku Endo
  8. Natural History of Dragons, by Marie Brennan
  9. Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow

Good luck to me, I guess.

Off-list reading:

  1. The Steel Remains, by Richard K. Morgan. Reviewed.
  2. Arrival (Originally Published as Stories of Your Life and Others), by Ted Chiang. Standouts in this short-story collection include “Stories of Your Life,” “Hell Is the Absence of God,” and “Tower of Babylon.” Chiang’s obsession with knowledge and how having it changes the knower doesn’t make the stories at all similar.
  3. The Cold Commands, by Richard K. Morgan. I almost didn’t finish this, but the last 30ish pages were good enough that I was satisfied with my choice to push through. This and the next in the series are really one book split into two, so the plot feels a bit thin–Ringil gets a lot of hero’s journey-type events (including an awesome King Arthur-type shtick with a sword and a lady in a lake), but Archeth and Egan don’t really get a chance to change. This is a problem, since it means Gil spends about half of the book’s nearly 500 pages wandering around sulking about how much he misses Seethlaw. Which–dude, you killed Seethlaw, so settle the fuck down. Positives: Gil has two lovers who don’t die, and there’s at least two women who aren’t slaves/whores/someone’s girlfriends (but one is a goddess, so I don’t know where that leaves us). Cons: No progress on Egan’s plot from last time; there’s some rape that felt largely like it reinforced existing stereotypes about men and women; most of the actual stuff that gets set up (the gun on the mantle) will not happen until the next book.
  4. Making Money, by Terry Pratchett.

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