Saturday, November 11, 2017

Think Galactic- Borders of Infinity

For the September meeting of Think Galactic, we read Borders of Infinity, a collection/fix-up by Lois McMaster Bujold, set in her expansive Vorkosigan universe, and centered on Miles, its primary character. Extremely brief notes below!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Chicago Nerds- Embassytown

For the August meeting of the Chicago Nerd Social (book) Club, we discussed by Embassytown by China MiƩville. His most strictly science fictional tale to date, Embassytown is all about language--a race of aliens with a very weird language, who can't lie, and a disastrous story that plays out when the humans who communicate with them screw it up.

Brief notes and possible spoilers below:

Friday, November 3, 2017

Think Galactic- When the Moon was Ours

For the August meeting of Think Galactic, we discussed When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. A YA story in a fairy-tale or magical-realist mode, it's the love story of a girl who grows roses from her wrists and a trans boy who paints magical moons. When the Moon was Ours is also the most recent Tiptree Award winner, so we were pretty jazzed to read it. Brief notes and possible spoilers below:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Weird & Wonderful- China Mountain Zhang

For the July meeting of City Lit's Weird & Wonderful club, we discussed China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh. A fairly near-future tale, it follows its main character and a number of others through a world in which China has become the primary world power and humans are colonizing Mars, but does so in kind of a discursive, very human way.

We dug the heck out of this! Brief notes below:

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Think Galactic- The Traitor Baru Cormorant

For the July meeting of Think Galactic, we discussed The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson. This is a book I've been raving about for a bit, and it was great to get some Think Galactic analysis.

Set in a fantasy world a bit more complicated than the usual pseudo-medieval setting, Baru is a tale of empire and the attempt to break free of it. The titular character is a woman from a small island culture that is crushed by the Empire of Masks; she sets her sights on changing (or betraying) it from within, as her savant status allows her to rise within their ranks. She's sidelined to a norther province, however, where she becomes embroiled in their own nascent rebellion.

We had some great arguments about this one. Brief notes and possible spoilers below:

Monday, October 30, 2017

Weird & Wonderful- Altered Carbon

For the June meeting of City Lit's Weird & Wonderful club, we discussed Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan.

A sex-and-violence-filled cyberpunk noir-ish tale, Altered Carbon is the first of Morgan's books featuring Takeshi Kovacs, P.I.-slash-cybercommando-ninja...guy. In a world where people are outfitted with devices that record their memories, allowing them to be re-implanted in another body, Kovacs is hired to solve a convuluted case involving shady politics, body-swapping, and powerful gerontocrat.

Super-brief notes after the jump: