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Rusty’s Reading List 2019 | May 7, 2019

I had been thinking that I hadn’t been reading enough fiction. I mean, I love poetry, but there is more to life than just that. I used read a lot of fantasy novels… and if I am going to pick up a fantasy series, why not the one that won the Hugo award for THREE STRAIGHT YEARS?

There are a lot of changes going on in the SF/F lit world right now… changes for the better. If I look at those books that I devoured, they were almost universally written by white men. (The only name that leaps out at me as NOT being that is Marion Zimmer Bradley, though there were certainly others.) I have nothing against any of those writers that I enjoyed, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other perspectives that wouldn’t give a different, but still enjoyable, perspective.

And this book certainly does that. There isn’t too much I can go into without giving away things that are better discovered by reading, but I will say the the standard travel narrative is in here, but handled differently. We get to see different parts and aspects of a fascinating world, looked at in different ways depending on which thread we are currently following. The different threads are expressed in different ways (though I can’t say I loved the second person perspective – effective, but kind of annoying).

I strongly encourage others to read this. I look forward to book two.

2019 Reading List

The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin
The Walking Dead Vol. 7 – The Calm Before – Kirkman / Adlard / Rathburn
A Pretty Sight – David O’Meara
Avengers: The Korvac Saga – Shooter / Michelinie / Mantlo / Perez / Various Artists
Indiana Review Vol.40, No.2
Avengers: Death Trap: The Vault – Fingeroth / Lim
This Wound is a World – Billy-Ray Belcourt
The Auteur Vol.1 – President’s Day – Spears / Callahan / Anderson
Astro City Vol. 2 – Confession – Busiek / Anderson / more
Astro City Vol. 1 – Life In the Big City – Busiek / Anderson / Ross
Animal Man Vol. 2 – Origin of the Species – Grant Morrison / Various Artists
Power Ball – Rob Neyer
Denver Quarterly Vol. 52 No. 3

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