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  1. Lilly pointed out initially on Slack. But I had a few reminders as I've joined the Lolli mailing list. It was a good talk. I enjoyed the stuff about how the writing was inspired by art objects, the objects being so central to the book, then how in turn more objects were inspired by the writing. I didn't catch the artist's name though, I'll need to look that up. I also note I was checking out Mariana Enriquez's short story collection in the book shop the other day, it has quite the eye catching cover. So I've signed up for the talk with her at the same time next week. pa
  2. I got the Employees direct from the publisher. Joys of indie publisher, not necessarily going to be stocked very well. Particularly during current events. Was in book shop for 1st time since like September, and they had some obvious stuff, but very little from my list of things I was looking for.
  3. Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge from my Tilted Axis subscription 2020, small press specialising particularly in Asian works we'd likely not see otherwise. I really enjoy books like this, not novels in the traditional sense, but somewhere between short story and collection of anecdotes with little magical/odd elements mixed in. The city of Yong'an is full of beasts and each chapter combines a definition of the beast, the author's encounter with the beast, and elements of the story she writes for the newspaper. In some ways reminds of Calvino's Invisible Cities except with Beasts and Kawakami'
  4. https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/olga-ravn-martin-aitken-with-heather-parry And online conversation with Olga abd translator through Edinburgh Book Festival, next week.
  5. Reading a lot of novels in April, so far, less shorts than in some months. Bitterhall - Helen McClory - Contemporary novel by Edinburgh novelist, I don't think it expressly says that it is set in Edinburgh, but I assume it is and recognise some of the locations. Daniel is attracted to his new flatmate Tom, but quickly forms an intense friendship with Tom's girlfriend Orla. Daniel is obsessed with a historic diary, that he has stolen from a friend, but when Tom reads the diary something in it changes him, haunts him. The bulk of the novel is told by Daniel and Orla, their side of ev
  6. I have "The Ten Loves of Mr. Nishino" part read after you had mentioned it previously, but it doesn't work got me as well as Strange Weather/Thrift Store, it feels too much like shorts. I will go back and read. Though, "People From My Neighbourhood" worked better than Nishino, and it is also more fragmented. Spent Friday reading the latest Becky Chambers, "The Galaxy, and the Ground Within". The suggestion is that this is the fourth and final volume of The Wayfarer series - which always struck me as unfortunate pitch, given the Wayfarer and her crew are only present in book 1 - tho
  7. March reading - Acadie - David Hutchinson - a SF tor novella, mad scientists and rogues have pushed the limits of earth laws and fled into space, but the earth still searches for them. When an odd search vessel arrives the decision to flee and set up somewhere else is made, with a small team left behind to hide evidence and make sure they are not found. The initial set up is good, and I enjoyed. The twist and pay off frustrated some. I Shall Wear Midnight - Terry Pratchett - book 4 in the Tiffany Aching series. Tiffany's past actions have triggered interest from uncanny things
  8. Yeah, I was underwhelmed by Fleet of Knives, it felt pretty light weight, and I was trying to decide if that was just that book or my feelings on Gareth in general. Glad to hear it wasn't just me, and that it was likely the middle book syndrome. I've kind of burnt out on Aliette. She was the It Girl of SFF for a while, and she was doing some interesting things. I think she has disappeared into her niche, which clearly is delighting her, but really isn't engaging me as much.
  9. Ministry of the Future - Kim Stanley Robinson - this is a read in progress, pacing myself, one suspects only KSR could get away with bending expected writing rules, such that it feels like a collection of essays interspersed with periodic characters. I'll come back to it once I eventually finish. Witchmark - C.L. Polk - a much easier read, the first of a trilogy by Polk. It feels like post-WWI, the lead character a gentleman medic, disgraced by running away from his responsibilities to join the army, now returned and working with shell-shocked veterans. Except another world, country names
  10. After reading loads in December/January, February has been much much slower. At least in terms of novels, loads of shorts, and graphic novels continue to be a reliable cushion. Tales From the Folley - Ben Aaronovitch - First collection of Rivers of London stories. There are special/exclusive edition in UK/Australia that include an extra of a short story. Most of these come from there, some I had read, some I skipped, some I didn't get those versions. If you like Rivers of London series, then you'll like this collection. Shadows of the Short Days - Alexander Dan Vilhjálm
  11. Sorry to hear that, especially during this period where observance and processesing and being with family is so damn hard.
  12. There is definitely a factor of no WGB can be the classic WGB. Too much has changed in how the Internet works, the rise of phones, of social media. Of how we process/interact. I think most of the active slack crowd are the same people who were there, because we all recognise and know each other. But yeah, we've all changed.
  13. I guess one big question is what are people looking for from Slack vs board? How do folk engage? It was good to see a rush of joining the slack, but suspect we're down to the same dozen people after a point. Maybe we do need to focus more of stuff like planning zooms, at least on certain channels. Get the engagement/support structure that folk are looking for. With the isolation of events those are all good things. I am happy for the general/random chatter, good to engage regularly with old friends. But that i expect isn't what most are hoping for?
  14. OK, I failed to do more regular posts vs I read a LOT in the last month. End of December: Latchkey - Nicole Kornher-Stace - sequel to Archivist Wasp, the events of which have changed the Archivist and the whole town. Unfortunately, in this post collapse society, the perception is that the Archivist's actions have removed her goddess's protection and made them a fair target for violent raiders. Cunning plans to protect the vulnerable and fight the raiders go wrong, and in the process the history of the town and perhaps the collapse are progressed with encounters with ghosts. It is
  15. I ordered Employees last night, they only had 10 copies left, not sure if they reprint, does seem to be small press. Moore's Jerusalem is a funny one. I'm progressing through it slowly. To a degree it is short stories, though with connections. Not sure if there is a big overall plot yet. I dip in, read a chapter, read something else, and so on.
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