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What I've read: poetry
Threading North and South by Matthew Murrey
Bids for Border Wall Now Being Taken by Ellen Steinbaum


What I've read: short fiction
The Revolution, Brought to You by Nike by Andrea Phillips.
I loved this story so much.  Marketing and brands as a force for good.  As a current business-school student, the branding-and-strategy stuff was absolutely spot on.

Three short stories by Laura Clay, collected in Hooves Above The Waves. I liked them very much, flippantly labelling them the kelpie one, the superhero one and the selkie one:
Loch na Beiste
Accounts Payable
Safe Harbour

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor.  A reread, I still love it

Binti: Home
by Nnedi Okorafor: sequel to the previous, I loved it, even more development of Binti and her world, but argh, cliffhanger! Until JANUARY 2018 for the next novella.  YES I pre-ordered it.


What I've read: long fiction
Humanity for Beginners by Faith Mudge: 40-something lesbian werewolf, thoroughly enjoyed, going to be lazy and point you at [personal profile] calissa 's review which convinced me to get it, rather than try to write my own.

Digger by Ursula Vernon: Wow. I raced through this in a few days, I can imagine it was a very different experience reading it as-published over three years, but overall my reaction is Wow. I can see why it won a Hugo.

Roses in Amber by C.E. Murphy: a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, gripping and enjoyable.  (Different in both feel and plot from Bryony and Roses by Ursula Vernon; I am so glad that both of these exist.)


Acquisitions:
Humanity for Beginners by Faith Mudge
Hooves Above The Waves by Laura Clay
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2016
No Secrets: A Visual History of Show of Hands


Currently reading:
The Course of Honour by Avoliot (original fiction about space princes in an arranged marriage discovering dastardly deeds; updated twice-weekly at AO3; currently about 2/3 of the way through and entirely Argh, Cliffhangers!)

I got about halfway through the Long List Anthology 2, but as it's all stuff that missed out on being finalists last year's Hugo's, I think I've shelving it in favour of trying to read this year's finalists.  Also I have stalled on Hidden Figures as reading the text annoys me, and remembering to listen to the audiobook apparently eludes me.

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What I've read
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
One of the Tor.com novellas, I read a review and bought and read it on impulse. I couldn't put it down and stayed awake a bit too late last night to finish it. Binti is brilliant at maths, on her way to take up a place at the best university in the galaxy (against the wishes of her family), making friends with other new students ... and then things go horribly wrong.

The Tomato Thief by Ursula Vernon
Another story about the wonderful Grandma Harken in Jackalope Wives (and if you haven't read that, please do, it's excellent). I particularly love the description of the railways and their magic, but mostly I'm there for Grandma Harken and her grumpy, no time-for-this-nonsense approach to sorting out messes.

Maiden, Hunter, Beast by Kat Howard
A unicorn hunt story that I was gripped and surprised by.

Beacon 23: Little Noises by Hugh Howey
An exciting adventure set on a space beacon; a tale about being alone and lonely and making mistakes.

The Queen's Reason by Richard Parks
A rather self-aware fairy tale; a bit meta; with an ending I loved.

The Surfer by Kelly Link
A reprint novella in Lightspeed 67 which I enjoyed: a teenage boy in a plane-load of people quarantined with a flu scare; the people dynamics and the future geopolitics are shown really well, even if the boy Dorn is somewhat self-centred and oblivious and would rather be playing soccer.

What I'm reading now: the non-fiction parts of Lightspeed 67

Books acquired this week: Binti, as discussed above

What I'll read next:
I've got as far as loading Uprooted onto my phone, so I "just" need to set aside some novel-length reading time for it.

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I particularly liked:

Wooden Feathers by Ursula Vernon
A story about a woodcarver and her mysterious regular customer. I really loved Sarah, who opens the story improvising fixes to her mistakes, and has a very believable reaction to the eventual 'reveal' of magic. The story made me cry. It's also about creativity and learning and fear and risk. Highly recommended.

Love Will Tear Us Apart by Alaya Dawn Johnson
It's a zombie story, and a little bit too gory/icky for me, but done really well.

and the poem Aboard the Transport Tesoro by Lisa M. Bradley
(I find it even harder to write about why I like poems than I do about short stories, so I'm not even trying here.)


And I quite liked:

A Call to Arms for Deceased Authors’ Rights by Karin Tidbeck
A spooky idea, nicely done.

Interlingua by Yoon Ha Lee
Loved the set up, not sure about the ending

The Call of the Sad Whelkfins by Annalee Flower Horne and Natalie Lurhs
An essay on Joanna Russ's How to Suppress Women's Writing using Ancillary Justice for an example

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