Saturday Spotlight: Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal

Forest of Memory

Paperback, 88 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Tom Doherty Associates

It’s a good thing that this was a short story/novella as the typing, which was explained as being on an old typewriter, was frustrating indeed with plenty of errors and typos. I found the story to be quite intriguing and the format worked perfectly for it. It had one of those endings though that raises a lot of questions and doesn’t answer any of the previously stated questions that bugs me and leaves a bad feeling in my mind. Once again, I must acknowledge that it fits the narrative perfectly!

I definitely see myself recommending this to other people and would read more stories set in this universe.

Summary:

Katya deals in Authenticities and Captures, trading on nostalgia for a past long gone. Her clients are rich and they demand items and experiences with only the finest verifiable provenance. Other people’s lives have value, after all.

But when her A.I. suddenly stops whispering in her ear she finds herself cut off from the grid and loses communication with the rest of the world.

The man who stepped out of the trees while hunting deer cut her off from the cloud, took her A.I., and made her his unwilling guest.

There are no Authenticities or Captures to prove Katya’s story of what happened in the forest. You’ll just have to believe her.

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Throwback Thursday: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti (Binti, #1)

Paperback, 90 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by Tor.com
Novellas, short stories, and other short fiction and I have never really gotten along.  Mainly because I grow attached to characters and always want more of their stories.  That said, I recently discovered the wonderful collection of novellas published by Tor.com, and fell in love with the wonderful worlds and splendid plots laid out by the authors.
Binti by Nnedi was one that I was drawn to upon learning about its main character’s heritage (drawn from African lore I believe) and the strange jellyfish-like aliens that she encounters.  I did find myself growing attached in such a way that when I turned the last page it was with regret for having to leave that world after only 90 short pages.  Luckily, Binti’s story is not over.  There is a second book already out and a third is planned for January of 2018.  I think I’ll wait to read them all together though as I don’t want to face the same heartache too soon.
Nnedi’s other work includes Akata Witch, which I’m excited to start reading soon, and Who Fears Death, which has been recently optioned for a TV series with HBO.  I hope they don’t screw it up 🙂

Summary:

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself – but first she has to make it there, alive.

2017 #BEAleftbehind & BookOutlet Book Hauls

Considering I leave to attend ALA in a couple days, I thought it might be a good time to recap some recent book hauls.  Namely the books a co-worker picked up at BEA for me and my most recent Book Outlet sale purchases.

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The most exciting book from BEA was The Tea Dragon Society as it is signed by the author/illustrator, and I love this art and story combo!  You can read the webcomic online for free here or purchase the book when it publishes in October from Oni Press.  The same co-worker who picked up that one also snagged a copy of Holly Black’s newest, The Cruel Prince.  Can’t wait to read this one!  A second co-worker surprised me by bringing back a final copy of Daughter of the Pirate King and an arc of The Glass Town Game.  If I remember correctly, she picked them up at the Owlcrate booth 🙂

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I’m not sure that you can tell yet from looking at my blog, but I recently discovered how much I love Tor.com’s novella line of titles.  And since I’m a couple years behind in reading them, I picked up four of the most intriguing ones available on Book Outlet.

Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Impersonations by Walter Jon Williams

The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

In addition to those, I also picked up Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher, which I’ve been hearing wondrous things about.  The Secret Loves of Geek Girls looked like a fun mix essays and topics, and I decided that I needed a second copy of The Throne of Glass Coloring Book since I couldn’t bring myself to actually color in the one I pre-ordered.

I should be posting reviews of Binti and The Tea Dragon Society in the near future as I have finished reading those.  But I’m also hoping to read through most of these fairly soon as well!