Monday, April 28, 2014

April Reads

Stars in my Pocket like Grains of Sand by Samuel R. Delany
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
Afrofuturism by Ytasha L. Womack
Tar Baby by Toni Morrison
Mind of My Mind by Octavia E. Butler
The Ballad of Beta-2 by Samuel R. Delany
Queen City Jazz by Kathleen Ann Goonan
The New House by Lettice Cooper
The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Some thoughts: Wolitzer's novel was entertaining, engrossing, but imminently forgettable. It slips away from me already and I just finished it. Oates' novel, the first Oates I read, was very loose feeling, as if with a good shake, the words might tumble out. It was good, but not great. Some trimming and a polish could have pushed it over the edge. Goonan's novel, the first of a quartet, was tremendous: complex, rewarding, engaging. Leckie's Hugo Award-nominated novel was fucking incredible. I can't wait to write on it. Predictably, both Delany novels were hard but rewarding and Butler's novel was almost perfect. All in all, a terrific month of reading.

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