More in my SFF reading project
I listened to John Chu's reading
of his short story The Water That Falls on You From Nowhere
. It's a sweet story. I didn't realise until it was discussed on Galactic Suburbia recently
that I had both lost and gained something by listening to it rather than reading it: specifically, hearing the Mandarin words has a different effect, I think, for a non-speaker, than seeing them written.
I'm hoping to do a lot more listening to shorter stories. It's not a format I've spent much time with. I'd like to try "The Lady Astronaut of Mars" in audio (as originally published, in that case), although it's a pain that I need to buy an entire collection to do so.
This week I've read Mary Robinette Kowal's Glamourist Histories (the four published books, of course). I'd actually read Shades of Milk and Honey
a year or two ago, when there was some issue with e-books not being easily available so I stopped there. I intended to start with Glamour in Glass
this time but didn't remember enough of Milk and Honey
, so re-read it.( Spoilery discussion )
Next up: I want to read along with kate_nepveu
's Strange and Norrell re-read
. (I've read S&N two or three times before.) Crap, already behind. Aside from that I'm thinking I will read Ancillary Justice
and then if I like it, Ancillary Sword
. I read the first 20 pages or so of the former and it seemed interesting, although I think it's part of a cultural conversation I have read essentially nothing of. (Spaceships with personalities.)
I wondered if all this Regency-with-magic meant I should check in on Age-of-Sail-with-dragons (Temeraire
), which I last read when Tongues of Serpents
came out. I didn't stop there just because that was the latest one: there's an unflattering review in a locked DW back in the day about the poor Australian history in that, and, speaking as someone who lives in NSW, it seriously lacks a sense of place. However, I might look back in on it when the very last one comes out, and see how it finished up, just for the sense of completion.