It’s hard for me to put into words exactly how this book made me feel. It’s delightful even while the subject matter is sometimes very serious. One minute I would laugh out loud, and the next minute I would feel very contemplative.
I enjoyed all of the stories in BFM, but my favorite is “The City Born Great,” and it just so happens that this story is the basis for her upcoming novel The City We Became, so I’m super excited for that. (I was already super excited, but now I’m doubly super excited, which is a lot of excitement.)
TRatA has the best opening scene I’ve read in a while, and probably the best zombie introduction. The whole scene is great.
Me: Three-day weekend, WOOOOOOO! No schoolwork, WOOOOOO! I’m gonna read ALL THE BOOKS! So excited! It’s gonna be the best!
Universe: You seem really excited. How ‘bout a cold or a sinus infection to go with your long weekend? Wouldn’t that be fun?! WOOOOOO!
It’s Friday! Wooooooo! AND because Monday is Presidents’ Day, I get a three-day weekend. AND all of my schoolwork is done for the week, so I can read for pleasure FOR THREE DAYS. I am so excited about this. Can you feel it? CAN YOU FEEL IT?
Zone One is not your typical zombie apocalypse novel. Sure, there are zombies (obvs), and there is the killing of zombies (obvs), but Zone One is more about nostalgia and longing for a city that will never be the same again.
I’m not sure how I want to talk about this book. I’ve read a number of Murakami’s books, and Norwegian Wood is the most down-to-earth of the bunch. There is none of Murakami’s “typical” magical realism in this one. It is a pretty straightforward story (relatively speaking) about Toru’s coming-of-age and his coming to terms with death and the mental health issues of the girl he loves.
A Wizard of Earthsea is the first book in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle. Le Guin wrote this book after being asked by the editor of Parnassus Press to write a fantasy novel for younger readers. Le Guin had never written something for the young adult audience before, and really, when this book was published in 1968, the young adult book market was just becoming a thing.
Back in 2013, when sj still had her book blog, she started Zombruary. It’s exactly what it sounds like — reading zombie books in the month of February. It didn’t take off in 2013, mainly because she wasn’t impressed with any of the zombie books she was reading. In 2014, she tried again, and that’s when I started joining her.
I’ve said before that I think the short story is harder to write than the novel and that it takes more skill to get it right. If that’s the case, then flash fiction must really take a lot of skill when it’s done right. Due to it’s very nature, flash fiction is either going to work or it isn’t. In the case of Tender Cuts, it definitely works.
The short story that inspired Elton John to write “Rocket Man” is in this collection! It’s titled “The Rocket Man” (imagine that), and right away it reminded me of Elton John’s song, so I HAD to do that research. And sure enough, Bradbury’s story was the inspiration for the song. How cool is that?! I love Elton John and was so excited to learn that little tidbit.
I have been meaning to read Foundation for years. When I was a kid, my dad and my Nonny had these science fiction magazines, the kind that looked more like a mass market paperback than what we think of as magazines today. I don’t remember the titles of them — there were a couple different ones — but I remember them having a lot of Isaac Asimov stories in them, and I loved those stories.
My READ ALL THE SK project is just about finished — the only book I still have to read that was published before 2015 is
Who Goes There?, written by John W. Campbell, Jr., is my second book for Vintage Science Fiction Month. Originally published in August 1938 in Astounding
Come Tumbling Down is the fifth novella in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire, and it’s just as fantastic as the first four. And it’s ANOTHER JACK AND JILL STORY. I was so excited to find that out when I started reading it.
If you’re like me (and I’ll bet you are if you’re reading this), a new book comes out or you see a book in a book sale, and you think, ‘OMG, I MUST HAVE THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW’…
…and then those books sit on your TBR pile(s) for months. Or years.