This is the post that should have gone up on Sunday. I run myself ragged and can’t always meet my deadlines. Guess that makes me a real, honest writer. As Douglas Adams said, I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by. Let’s just jump into the books and the one movie for April through May. So far.
I had suggested this as a read for my book club without really knowing anything about it. The summary said it was science fiction and that was good enough for me. I somehow thought it was about a space station number eleven. It’s not. Or only indirectly. This story goes forward in time and then back for some years. In the post-apocalypse years, people spend time asking each other if they remember things they used to have, used to eat, used to do. It’s a graphic novel in a play in a regular novel. Confused? Welcome to Station Eleven. I did enjoy it but it was not an easy, fun read.
Speaking of easy, fun reads, the original Tiffany Akin story where we meet the Feegles is priceless. She grows up in a place where witches are rare, yet it seems her grandmother was one. She’s called the “wee, big hag” by the little blue men with red hair who are there to take care of her and her sheep and her cheese and her special sheep liniment. Feegles believe they are dead and living in something like hell. When they “die”, they are going back home to the land of the living. Be prepared for as many puns as can fit in a barrow and laughs and tears along the way.
This book is categorized as Sol System Renegades #1 and The Recyclers #1. There’s a lot going on here, with the Space Corps Agents being responsible for evaluating the viability of a colony on an asteroid, finding the colonists resistant to relocation, and a big corporation out there being the Evil Empire style of thing. I love the fact that the lead character, Elfrieda Goto, is not your typical Caucasian heroine, is not male, and is totally hot for her female commander. So there’s tension all over space. I may pick up the next book in the series because this one ended with such a cliff hanger. But I strongly suggest you look this one up on Goodreads and study all the reviews there. People picked up more good and bad than I did.
I certainly hope my fellow authors in the anthology don’t read this. As the stories go, as romances go, they are pretty darn good. I love a few of them more than the story I wrote. And I understand we didn’t have the funds to hire an editor so one of the folks involved did the editing. Please ignore the typos, the misuse of words, the misspelling of my name (two different places in different ways), and anything else you discover. Enjoy the read. Really fun for people who don’t edit much.
I’m loving the Expanse books a lot. My husband read them and dismissed them as Firefly wannabe stories. I don’t see that and I totally loved the first book. The second started off with great interest and I can’t wait to get back to it. I joined a book club to focus more on reading. So there you go. I have to put the current book on hold so I can read a long book before the first Thursday of the month.
Definitely a book I would never have read if it wasn’t our book for June. When the first pilgrim started telling his tale, I chuckled. A space-going Canterbury Tales should be interesting. And in some ways, it is interesting. But there’s a lot more horror and blood and so forth for my tastes. I will finish it, and if I remember, I will comment on the next Tweet blog if the ending made the struggle through it worthwhile. And of course, it’s the first in a series because that’s all that is being written these days. But I love one particular review on Goodreads that sums it up beautifully. Dan Simmons is good at smashing up horror, sci-fi, hard-boiled crime stories, thrillers, and historical fiction in his books. I would add some poetry and existentialism and still not have covered all the bases.
Oh, wow. I can’t say much about it because there are, no doubt, fans who haven’t been to see it yet. But my question is, how long do we have to wait until we can talk openly about one of the biggest movie influences of my current life? I’m only willing to wait about a month or two more, so stay tuned.
Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Sunday.