Let's just take a minute from fighting with the phone software upgrade (But I don't want
to connect to iCloud! I don't want
to use Apple Wallet!) to talk about books. Much less stressful. What I Just Finished Reading
I wanted something quick to read on my Kindle, and so picked up Uncharted Territory
, by Connie Willis. This is early Willis, and it's not quite as polished as her more recent work, but it was ( Spoiler! )
a fun read.
Since I still
wanted more quick e-book stuff, I picked up a Star Wars Challenge on Worlds Without End and read Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure
and Smuggler's Run: A Han and Chewbacca Adventure
, both very light and popcorn-y. And then, because I wasn't quite ready to be done with Star Wars, I read Phasma
, by Delilah Dawson, which was NOT light and popcorny. Let's be honest: we know that the only reason we loved Captain Phasma in SF:TWA is that we knew it was Gwendoline Christie under all that shiny metal. How bad could she be?
This Phasma is not that Phasma.
This Phasma is a stone-cold bitch determined to survive and prosper no matter who or what stands in her way, and her origin story is fascinating and horrifying.
This Phasma would have strangled Finn, Han, and Chewie with their own entrails without breaking a sweat.
If this is the Phasma of The Last Jedi, oh wow, we are all in BIG TROUBLE.
And then, when I was temporarily out of Star Wars stuff, I read Reincarnation Blues
. I had seen this compared to Good Omens
, so I thought, "Great!" The parts that were light and fun were fun, and a quick read, but the darker turns, where the whole reincarnation business isn't working out too well, were QUITE dark, and hard to read. So I'm not sure how I felt about the book overall. (And I don't know why on Earth they asked Robin Hobb and Sherwood Smith to blurb this book, since it's about as far from their stuff as a fantasy can possibly, possibly be.)
Oh, I forgot, I also read Rebel Rising
, another Star Wars, this one with Jyn Erso's backstory. If you've seen Rogue One
then you know that her story is not one of flowers and dancing unicorns, but the novel was very well written and engaging. What I Am Currently ReadingLeia, Princess of Alderaan
, by Claudia Grey, which is just excellent (as is to be expected from Claudia Grey.) This begins with Leia at sixteen, and I imagine it will end just where Rogue One
did. I am looking forward to finishing this later this afternoon. Autonomous
which came out yesterday and which I picked up yesterday (♥ my library system). Just EXCELLENT and something I expect to see on all the awards lists next year. Very topical, fast-paced, engaging characters including one really hilarious bot, original plot. What I Am Reading Next
Also published yesterday, and picked up yesterday, Null States
by Malka Older, political thriller/scifi, the sequel to Infomocracy
, which I read last year and liked a lot.
Waiting for me at the FCPL: At the Table of Wolves
by Kay Kenyon, which I only just heard about the other day, and didn't expect to get so soon. Look at that cover! Looks like someone's trying to sell it as a cross between "The Man in the High Castle" and "Agent Carter". We shall see!