"Mommy, take a picture of me with your new book cart!" ❤
You know it's good because I want to stay up and finish rereading it, even though this is at least the fourth time I've read it, and even though I need to be up in the morning to get to the Leeds anti-prorogation protest in time...
Not sure how many hours or even books I've read, but I've certainly had some quality reading time, so yay! Last day of the #SummersEndReadathon ! :)
Today is the first Saturday morning of the summer when I don't have to get up and teach 😍
I do have errands and chores to do, but they can wait a bit. First, chai tea, chocolate oatmeal, and some reading. I only got 15 pages into this last night but I'm liking it so far and really looking forward to continuing.
I've resisted reading this series for a few years now. I think it was a good thing I read this really, really good novel after the hype died down. I liked how we got multiple first point of view from the same narrator. Leckie succeeded in twisting the very classic sci-fi trope of empire on the verge of civil war in a new, for me, incarnation. Good story, interesting characters. I kept reading until I ran out of pages. 4⭐️ #booked2019
NHL Awards in Vegas tonight. Sid is in the house after 5 weeks driving around Europe.
This novel... is so so so good. I'm passed 50% and I'm reading every chance I get. The hype was real.
#readingandwatchinghockey kinda 😀😉
This is my #booked2019 summer #genrebusting book. This is quite good. I had consciously not hopped on the bandwagon when this series became very popular and the whole gender debate raged on. Since then, this book has won many, many awards. So far, I'm enjoying it immensely. It really is genre busting while being constructing in a very classic, space opera way.
Camping #vacationread No. 4, night of husband snoring in my ear.
Hmm. This is taking a bit to get into. It's leisurely pacing and seems to be setting up for some really nice detailed worldbuilding, but... slowly. Setting aside at Chapter 4.
My #catsoflitsy doing their part to break in the new sectional.
Just started this one on audio. Martha Jones‘s mom is the narrator! #whovian 🤓 @lorannen, was this one of your recs from a while back? I have it in my head that it is.
#MarchIntoThe70s #Day4 #WontGetFooledAgain Today‘s prompt is a classic from The Who. I first heard them when I watched their rock opera Tommy, I think Peter Moon was a drum god! In this series, the AI that essentially IS the ship & its “zombie” soldiers, is betrayed by the ruler of the empire & has all but 1 of its soldiers destroyed. Trapped in a human body, it sets out to avenge itself on a ruler that is herself, many.
Morning folks! Today's quote comes from Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, the first novel in her Imperial Radch trilogy. If you love character driven scifi which is more about human nature than space battles, give it a go. I loved it, and it's won a whole slew of awards.
I am puzzled by this book. I thought I would love it. I had heard so many rave reviews. It won the Hugo and the Nebula! But something about it never clicked into place for me. I'm having a hard time figuring out if there's something I'm missing from the plot that's a failure on my part or if I did get it all and it just genuinely didn't do it for me? I do know I found Breq an elusive character, which is always a hard sell for me.
This was exactly what I want my sci-fi to be. It forced me to stretch the boundaries of my imagination of human potential while commenting on the current nature of humanity. The audiobook is also phenomenally read. Adjoa Andoh uses several accents to convey regional dialects and personalities. All around, a fun time! I listened on Libro.fm
This was fun! Which science fiction hero are you?
1. Ancillary Justice
3. Getting a super sweet email out of the blue from someone who said I had a positive impact on her life during a point when I was feeling down.
4. Seeing family over the holidays.
5. “Hello, littens!”
I found the book hard to get into at first, but I really enjoyed it once I had time to savour it. The different narration, or way of looking at the world, took some getting used to, but once I was, the story flowed along. The plot was great, and I‘m excited to read the second book!
Well that was interesting! For the first half, just as I thought I got a handle on what was actually going on - things morphed again! Kind of enjoyed it -but it was literally in the closing chapters that it all begun to make sense! Lots of space ships, artificial intelligence, laser battles & escape pods! The exploration of gender was really cool - where some races don't recognise gender difference and the gender pronoun becomes irrelevant.
Wow! That's all I can think to start out with. A perfect blend in regards to the old and the new within sci-fi. Shades of Herbert and Le Guin, with a touch of space opera fun. Every word counted and the prose moved with forward momentum and sure-footedness. Highly recommended!
This is the science fiction I want in my life. Leckie handles her narrator's mindbending POV with ease. Add in a fully realized intergalactic empire with multiple species, social codes, and languages, and political intrigue that envelops the main characters with the inevitability of an approaching thundercloud, and you've got one gripping read. Definitely recommended.
The Presger didn't care if a species was sentient or not, conscious or not, intelligent or not. The word they used--or the concept, at any rate, as I understood they didn't speak in words--was usually translated as "significance." And only the Presger were were significant. All other beings were their rightful prey, property, or playthings.
Wow! This was the perfect read at the perfect time. Loved Breq, aka Justice of Toren One Esk, segment nineteen. Strong world building, great characters, interesting plot. The flashbacks were well-integrated and pacing was good too. Looking forward to the next entry in the Radch story.
1. I‘ve read 233 SF books in the past three years, but here are some faves: the Ancillary series, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, the Expanse series, All Systems Red, Old Man‘s War series... I could keep going, honestly.
2. Super Smash Bros on N64. #nostalgia
3. I was only alive for 9 days of the 80s - but I do confess to liking the Cure.
4. Die Hard, The Princess Bride, Labyrinth.
Loose-leaf Links is a feature where I gather together the interesting bits on SFF & romance I've come across and share them with you over tea.
In today's news, the Organisation for Transformative Works is having a membership drive. Emma Newman discusses anxiety and book launches. And Orbit Books have announced a forthcoming fantasy novel from Ann Leckie.
I'm really happy that I tried this book again. Such a satisfying space opera. A lot of the reviews about this book focus on Leckie's play with gender or the feudal structure she develops here. But what I found satisfying was the use of music and the questions the book raises about consciousness, will, and relationships. This book was my first time trying Libro.fm, and I don't think I'll be using it again until the app gets less buggy.