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Does anyone have sci-fi book suggestions that are more sci-fi utopia and world building?
I have grown up on sci-fi dystopia and I love it but since we're currently living in one I want to read something uplifting. Collection of short stories would be awesome too!
Please and thank you!
I finished Cursed Cocktails by S.L. Rowland last night and it was a nice mostly low-stress #cozyfantasy akin to the style of Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldree.
The style of the warrior finding community after war/adventure, set in a magical land of elves and humans and dwarves.
Craft Project! I have a beloved Kobo Libra H2O. It has a proprietary case covered in a blue fake leather that began to flake. I took it off and for a while went with the cloth underneath. But that was beginning to fray and so I decided to fix it with my ninja bookmaking skills. Probably should have used a thinner cloth for the magnet but it looks beautiful!
A red ebook cover opened up on its back with a vintage pattern laid flat on a cutting mat with grid lines.
A dirty closed fabric-covered ereader case on a textured fabric surface.
An open fabric ereader cover.
Finished The Deep Sky by Yume Kitasei tonight.
I felt like there were parts of this book I endured, and parts I enjoyed.
I don’t hate that there were shitty imperfect people in the story, and that the main character was so uncertain and eager to please that it was both secondhand embarrassing and painfully relatable. I also liked the over arching premise of the story.
Did I need to read another book about the dismal future of the planet? Probably not - but I did it anyway. @bookstodon
I read a phenomenal remix of Pride and Prejudice this week: Most Ardently by Gabe Cole Novoa, audiobook narrated by Harrison Knights.
It's a trans and queer remix of the classic tale, and I thought it was very well executed.
I absolutely love Pride and Prejudice retellings, remixes, and reimaginings - and while there are a fair bit out there (many of which I have read!) I don't always find them exceptional, but I think this is one of my favourites.
FWIW, here are my favorite SFFH books of the year, in the order I read them, not by preference:
The Terraformers - Annalee Newitz
Furious Heaven - Kate Elliott
Lone Women - Victor LaValle
Dual Memory - Sue Burke
The Water Outlaws - S. L. Huang
Exit Ghost - Jennifer R. Donohue
Lost in the Moment and Found - Seanan McGuire
The Mimicking of Known Successes - Malka Older
Rose/House - Arkady Martine
Mammoths at the Gates - Premee Mohamed
I think I need to pick up some 500 pagers to round out the year.
Any doorstopper suggestions? @bookstodon
Introduced the child to The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett.
Review “it was fine.” (Which is high praise, he’s a tough critic.)
For me, I enjoyed it, I had not read any Terry Pratchett before, but I expect we’ll be checking out some of the other books in the Discworld Series.
I really enjoyed the book. An android with human-like features is nothing new in sci-fi, but I really liked this version. The main character android is very likeable.
A thing I like to do is pre-order books months in advance and then completely forget I did that.
Then I have a happy little surprise delivery of one of my favourite things. Thanks Past Me!
The only problem is sometimes the forgetting is so successful that I buy another copy of the same book by accident.
Usually only if I happen to walk into a store around the time of the release date. Or if there is a launch event, but still. It's a little silly.
Dear @bookstadon Can I see or read about how you store your books?
I have enjoyed many fantastic Pride and Prejudice retellings this year.
Most recently (i.e. yesterday)
- Mr. Darcy's Enchantment: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by @AbigailReynolds
A fantasy Pride and Prejudice world with Fae, magic, scandal, twists and turns, action, villains, grand loves, and all the yearning you could want. Absolutely loved it.
I also loved how long it was - I finish books so quickly and this had a story I could really sink my teeth into.