Hello! As ladies with opinions, Liz and Stephanie are here to bring you some opinions on books recently consumed.
These are not really SFF, but they are Australian, so if you like crime and mystery check out the books shortlisted for the Ned Kelly awards, noted here by friend of No Award Fi. The Ned Kellys are the annual crime awards for Australia. There are some excellent reads on that short list.
On Stephanie’s to be read list this week: The Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists, Jane Rawson. Melbourne’s climate change dystopia. SUPER EXCITE.
Liz does not plan her reading in advance, as that’s a level of organisation that’s beyond her. Her recent reading includes:
The Sleeping Partner by Madeleine E Robins, a mystery set in a very-slightly-alternate Regency England. This series has been out of print and hard to find for a while, but has just recently become available in ebook form, with a brand new third novel. I appreciate the way Robins mostly uses her alternate history to increase the presence of women — here, Queen Charlotte becomes George III’s regent, and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin survives the birth of her younger daughter, albeit with a disability. The heroine is not quite Lizzie Bennet with a sword, but she’s delightful nonetheless.
For 88 cents, she bought Operation Mincement by Ben Macintyre. This was picked up because Liz enjoys the interesting corners of history, but it’s also quite funny (if you enjoy shenanigans with corpses and wry observations about imperialism).
Stephanie is currently reading a book that will shortly be included in an article temporarily titled “doing it wrong”. It’s River of Gods by Ian McDonald, which is a gross example of entitlement and cultural appropriation in science fiction and fantasy; in this instance set in and stealing from India.
Liz recently finished Hild by Nicola Griffith, and found it disappointingly dudecentric. Though the heroine is very much bisexual, and has close sexual and platonic relationships with women, her primary attraction is to her illegitimate half-brother, a jerk who badly needs punching in the face. Hild is interesting despite its flaws, but the reader’s hard work is rewarded with gross non-consensual incest (as Hild’s brother isn’t aware they’re related).
Please use the comments to rec and anti rec this week’s books.