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CC educator, labor mischief-maker, SF-raised • pup + Bunny + thousands of bees • all things change in a season • she/her/y’all • another world is possible

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Feeling a little bad for missing Becky Chambers and Martha Wells, but apparently that’s what happens when I look at my non-digital collection on those old fashioned bookshelves. (Lois McMaster Bujold, too— StoryGraph tells me I’ve read 19 of her books in the last two years!)
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@bookstodon Oh damn, and Nicola Griffith, who’s even here on Masto! 🤦🏻‍♀️

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10 authors, of whose books I've read at least five:

Ursula Le Guin
Kim Stanley Robinson
Octavia Butler
N. K. Jemisin
Becky Chambers
Iain M. Banks
Martha Wells
M. R. Carey
Lois McMaster Bujold
Vonda McIntyre


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@SallyStrange @bookstodon This is a fun thread! 10 authors, of whose books I've read at least five:

Ursula K. Le Guin
James Baldwin
Paco Ignacio Taibo II
Toni Morrison
Yoon Ha Lee
Octavia Butler
N. K. Jemisin
Ann Leckie
China Miéville
T. Kingfisher



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@skippy442 @SallyStrange @bookstodon It’s been a while… I’m not 100% sure that I’ve read 5! Probably yes.

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@skippy442 @SallyStrange @bookstodon I’m sure I never read that one—I’ll put it on my list! It’s probably time I revisited Adams. I have a feeling he’s held up reasonably well. Thx!

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@n0madz @bookstodon I loved it. A lot. Interestingly, I never got through Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, though (tried more than once).

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I'm really not sure what show I'd be more excited to watch, Sanctuary Moon or Pirate Exiles of the Death Moons.

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@courts @bookstodon Yes please! I think about this often.

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January read (* for the best of the month):
A Little Luck - Claudia Piñeiro*
Enter Ghost - Isabella Hammad*
Monstrilio - Gerardo Sámano Córdova*
Creep - Myriam Gurba
Others Were Emeralds - Lang Leav
Menewood - Nicola Griffith
Beyond the Door of No Return - David Diop
Julia - Sandra Newman*
The Red Scholar's Wake - Aliette de Bodard
The End of Drum-Time - Hanna Pylväinen
Prophet Song - Paul Lynch
The Fetishist - Katherine Min
The Friends of Eddie Coyle - George V Higgins
The Secret, Book & Scone Society - Ellery Adams
That's Not My Name - Megan Lally
Small Mercies - Dennis Lehane
Paladin's Faith - T Kingfisher
What Moves the Dead - T Kingfisher

Monstrilio would have made my best of 2023 list. So might A Little Luck. Two beautiful books about grief and family.

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@lunalein @bookstodon Interesting! Gurba’s Creep was one of my best of ‘23, but didn’t make even your month’s best. Now I have to go check out these best of titles!

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@lunalein @bookstodon Now in the queue!

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I learned about this amazing “crown shyness” phenomenon from Becky Chambers’ books… @bookstodon https://toot.lgbt/@book/111749320285900616

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My first five star book of the year, in a stunning bit of fantasy, where the fantastical elements take a step back and let the humanity shine.

Tehanu - Ursula K Le Guin

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https://conversationsaboutbooks5.wordpress.com/2024/01/14/tehanu-ursula-k-le-guin/

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@LincolnRamirez @bookstodon Love the Earthseas overall, but this is my favorite, along with some of the last installments.

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Help? Trying to re-find a delightful sci fi magazine short story, perhaps a year old, shared by someone (maybe @charliejane?). It’s about a personal-assistant-type AI app that gets people to do things to further their own happiness… Sound familiar, anyone?
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@scruss @charliejane @bookstodon Ah, it’s actually a more recent one by Kritzer— but now I’ll go back to this one, too.

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Just finished T. Kingfishers’s “Nettle & Bone”, winner of the best novel Hugo this year, and it was wonderful. Of the nominees I have read two of the others, which were also wonderful, but “Nettle & Bone” stands out in many ways. It takes familiar patterns and turns them in interesting and relevant ways.

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@elysegrasso @deirdrebeth @Chigaze @msroest @bookstodon I have tremendous love for both the adult books and the ones for littles. I had particular fun with the hamster princess series and all the paladins, and hope to get to that most recent one soon. (There are a couple more clearly horror books, though; not sure I’m brave enough!)

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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon I didn’t set a goal, but your question sent me to my to check, & I’m pleased. (Plus it’s a chance to show off one of the cool features, the mood chart!)

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@lunalein @bookstodon Run, don’t walk! It is fantastic.

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@lunalein @bookstodon Yeah, that book is… disheartening. As an antidote, I recommend the largely parallel but entirely different Everything for Everyone. https://app.thestorygraph.com/books/840457e8-72a5-4f55-b3ec-a1691ea0a638

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@lunalein @bookstodon Finished The Terraformers by @annaleen the other day and I can’t remember the last time I was so sad to leave a world… parts of it are indeed dystopian, but building toward the possibility of something better is very obviously part of its ethos. Highly recommend.

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