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A numbers geek reading SFF to maintain some hope in this world.

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55% complete! Will has read 10 of 18 books.

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Light From Uncommon Stars (2021, Tor Books) 4 stars

Good Omens meets The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet in this defiantly joyful …

I started this book knowing only that it was about "found family", that it had been popularly described as Good Omens meets The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, and that it was a finalist for the Best Novel Hugo.

I'm now nine chapters in and loving this book. I hope it continues to impress

reviewed Terminal Boredom by Izumi Suzuki

Terminal Boredom (2021, Verso Books) 4 stars

"Born from the obsessive and highly idiosyncratic mind of a cult figure of the Japanese …

Not for me

2 stars

I see this as a very vivid portrait of Suzuki's mindset at the time she wrote it. The stories read as a tragedy, especially when you know the ending of the author's personal story, but there was nothing I found compelling. The pedestrian stories make blatant and unsuccessful attempts to sound interesting while ultimately going nowhere. It felt as if the author tried to include things that she knew make critics and scholars swoon. Unfortunately, the heavy-handedness with which they were forced into the narrative makes them fall flat, and they are ultimately lacking the very things she was trying to achieve.

She Who Became the Sun (2021, Tor Books) 4 stars

To possess the Mandate of Heaven, the female monk Zhu will do anything

Mulan meets …


5 stars

This was amazing. I had not heard of this book until it was nominated for the Hugo Award, and as a Hugo voter this year, I am trying to read as many of the finalists as I can. This looked like a book that I would not normally enjoy, but I gave it a shot.

Wow! This is one of the most enjoyable novels I've read in quite some time. Parker-Chan addresses gender identity in a unique way that offers insights for the present day, despite the book being placed in 1345. The evolution of the actions Zhu will take to claim her fate are a fantastic lens through which we can see the character changing. While this book is classified as fantasy, the fantasy elements are minimal, and mostly understated. This book is part 1 of a duology, but it has a satisfying conclusion. Having said that, I will …