As you can see, March is a big month for SFF releases! There are so many great looking books coming out this month, and I can’t wait to hear everyone’s thoughts on these. So definitely let me know in the comments!
I wanted to like this one so much more than I did. I loved the concept of queer librarians. The story was well told and the characters were fun. But I was reminded of a very important fact. I don’t like Westerns. Like at all. I can count on one hand the number of Westerns (mostly movies with other genres mixed in) that I have enjoyed.
This is no fault of the author, who did make this particular Western enjoyable. And I will be highly recommending this book to friends who either like Westerns or don’t have a genre preference. So you should definitely pick up this book! Most especially if you like plucky girls trying to embrace themselves when outside voices try to drown their inner self in their narrow-minded views.
Another quick note. I received an audio version of this book through Libro.fm’s ALC program. (Thank you very much!) The narrator did a great job with various voices and making sure to add gravitas to essential parts of the story. So if you’d prefer to go the audio route, it’s a good choice and a quick read 🙂
In Upright Women Wanted, award-winning author Sarah Gailey reinvents the pulp Western with an explicitly antifascist, near-future story of queer identity.
“That girl’s got more wrong notions than a barn owl’s got mean looks.”
Esther is a stowaway. She’s hidden herself away in the Librarian’s book wagon in an attempt to escape the marriage her father has arranged for her–a marriage to the man who was previously engaged to her best friend. Her best friend who she was in love with. Her best friend who was just executed for possession of resistance propaganda.
The future American Southwest is full of bandits, fascists, and queer librarian spies on horseback trying to do the right thing.
The review gods answered my email and sent an advance copy of the newest book of one of my absolute favorite novella series, Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire, my way in exchange for an honest review. I devoured it quickly and now get to share my thoughts with you.
Many thanks to Tor.com for sending me a review copy (in exchange for an honest review)! I’ve been loving their novellas with all their nuance and different takes on storytelling.
This one had a lyrical quality to the writing and felt like a fairy tale or a bit of folklore. It does include a bit of M/M romance, which usually makes me uncomfortable. But the author handled it well and I thought it was rather tastefully executed.
The first part of the story did seem to meander quite a bit, but rather than detracting from the story, I felt like it added another layer to help the reader fall into the world easier. Since it is such a short book, you almost needed that to pull you in.
I’m not as familiar with the Green Man mythology, but I believe that people who like it will find a sprinkling in our main character. All of the characters felt realistic and down to earth, and I liked how they blended into the setting seamlessly.
Definitely take the time to pick this one up and check it out soon! I mean, it’ll only take like an hour to read 🙂
It’s that time again, where I’ve amassed some really cool new books, and I want to share them with all of you. Here’s a collection of trades, books from work, and Secret Sister packages from the last month or so!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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!