Bite sized reading

62 thoughts
last posted Sept. 17, 2017, 7:33 p.m.

35 earlier thoughts

  • Mr Campion and Others by Margery Allingham. This was a recommendation from sunflowerinrain after I asked for suggestions to get into the Albert Campion books. It’s a collection of short stories, which wasn’t exactly what I was after as reading matter, but it worked very well as an introduction. I have a couple of the novels on my to-read pile now.
  • Galactic Empires edited by Neil Clarke. More short stories, but this time SF. This was... OK? The Ann Leckie and Greg Egan stories were both very much to my taste, and so of course I’d read them before. It was good to have a prompt to re-read them, though (for, I think, the third or fourth time in the case of Egan). The stories by John Barnes and Paul Berger were both new to me, and I enjoyed them though would be unlikely to re-read. The Neal Asher one was very Neal Asher, the Yoon Ha Lee one was very Yoon Ha Lee, and the Kristine Kathryn Rusch one was very Kristine Kathryn Rusch. The Robert Silverberg story was an excuse to make beautiful descriptions of alien landscapes (i.e. very Robert Silverberg). The one by Robert Charles Wilson started off so creepy (as in male-gaze creepy, not haunted-house creepy) that I didn’t read it. Steve Rasnik Tem’s was interesting enough for me to want to seek out more by the same author, though this particular story wasn’t one I’d read again. I liked the one by Naomi Novik, and Ruth Nestvold’s was interesting though I’d have liked to have had more acknowledgement that gender doesn’t have to be binary.

26 later thoughts