And that is one copy of Lauren Beukes’ BROKEN MONSTERS, courtesy of her American publisher.
Reading has been decidedly difficult for me lately: I lack some level of emotional energy necessary to involve myself in demanding texts at the same rate as heretofore.
Melissa Scott, Star Trek DS9: Proud Helios. Ebook.
Jean Lorrah, Star Trek Next Generation: Survivors. Ebook.
Diane Duane, Star Trek: Sand and Stars. Ebook.
So, these are all actually pretty good light entertainment, although Lorrah’s is a bit squicky and problematic.
Katherine V. Forrest, Amateur City & Murder at the Nightwood Bar. Ebooks.
Murder mysteries from the 1980s, starring a lesbian detective with the LAPD. Pretty excellent stuff, actually: I’d really like to get my hands on the other books in the series. I MEAN IT. THESE BOOKS ARE AWESOME. ACE. GIVE THEM TO ME I NEED THEM.
(I know their names, even if I don’t know what order they go in or WHERE TO GET HOLD OF THEM. Liberty Square. The Beverly Malibu. Apparition Alley. Sleeping Bones. Hancock Park. Murder By Tradition. GIVE ME THEM! LET ME FIND EBOOK (non-Amazon) EDITIONS OR SOMETHING.)
Ahem. This is because of a certain someone Who Knows Who She Is. Who sent me a box of delightful books (which I am slowly working my way through), but among them was Daughters of a Coral Dawn, which reminded me that Forrest had written murder mysteries, which led me to the discovery I could get the first two as ebooks.
(OH GOD I WANT THEM ALL.)
Claire McNab, Death by Death & Murder at Random. Gifts.
Lesbians. Spies. Whee? Whee!
(Everything’s better with lesbians.)
Ali Vali, Blues Skies. Ebook.
Lesbian fighter pilots. Rah military is boring. But everything is better with lesbians.
Sara Marx, Decoded. Ebook.
Serial killer thrillers are usually boring. But everything is better with lesbians.
Kim Baldwin and Xenia Alexiou, The Gemini Deception. Ebook.
Lesbian romance with espionage/thriller entanglements. Unbelievable setup! But – sing it with me now – EVERYTHING IS BETTER WITH LESBIANS.
Lauren Beukes, The Shining Girls. ARC.
Reviewed for Tor.com. I did not like it.
China Miéville, Railsea. Review copy.
Reviewed for Vector. I LOVED IT.
I review The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes:
This is a novel about a time-travelling serial killer from the 1930s, his victims, the girl who survived him, and a burned-out murder-beat journalist. It’s competently, even excellently, written, makes brilliant use of a non-linear narrative to create and build tension, wears its American Literature influences proudly on its sleeve—
And for me, despite its technical competence, The Shining Girls is ultimately a frustrating mess of a novel, one whose climax falls apart under the weight of nested paradoxes.