Stuff to Read on the Weekend of June 13-14

Fans of classic science fiction and illustrated works might enjoy Adam Roberts’ Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea (St. Martin’s Griffin, Jan 2015). 20trillionleaguesThe drawings are gorgeous and the prose holds up. This is worth reading in dead tree, as your smartphone’s Kindle app can’t do the art justice.

museNot a traditional fantasy, Muse (Knopf, June 2, 2015) by Farrar, Straus & Giroux president and publisher Jonathan Galassi, imagines a world in which “first editions of poetry books sell 750,000 copies and where the death of a beloved poet spurs the president to declare a national holiday.” Galassi brings three decades of experience in publishing to his debut novel, which should make it required reading for anyone interested in looking behind the curtain.

Paolo Bacigalupi is one of my new favorite authors, ever since reading The Doubt Factory. It wasn’t a perfect novel (occasionally the themes seemed to be delivered by a bulldozer), but it skipped right along and I ended up rooting for the characters, even the unlikable ones. waterknife

Mr Bacigalupi’s newest is The Water Knife (Knopf May 2015), a near-future speculative thriller about peak water, drought, power, corruption, and (you guessed it) climate change. Mr Bacigalupi is not someone to read if you don’t like chocolate with your peanut butter, i.e. a message with your fiction. I do. I also like peanut butter with my chocolate. And Nutella. Mmmm. Nutella…

Currently on my Kindle are:

  • The Whispering Swarm – Michael Moorcock (Tor, January 2015)
  • The Devil’s Detective – Simon Kurt Unsworth (Doubleday, March 2015)
  • Flex(mancer) – Ferrett Steinmetz (Angry Robot, March 2015)
  • Tower Lord – Anthony Ryan (Ace, July 2014)
  • The Autumn Republic – Brian McClellan (Orbit, February 2015)
  • Glow – Ned Beaumann (Sceptre, May 2014)
  • City of Stairs – Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway Books, September 2014)
  • The Galaxy Game – Karen Lord (Del Rey, January 2015)
  • The Cloud Roads – Martha Wells (Night Shade Books, March 2011)

I’m prioritizing according to what’s eligible for the 2016 Hugo awards, so Tower Lord and The Cloud Roads are for historical purposes, since both authors have related works coming out this year. Glow and City of Stairs both come highly recommended; City of Stairs is nominated for a Locus Award this year, in fact.

What are you reading? What have you read recently that you loved? What are you looking forward to reading next?


2 thoughts on “Stuff to Read on the Weekend of June 13-14

  1. The Water Knife is on my to-read pile, as is Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor. My husband enthusiastically recommends the latter; neither of us has started the former. I am slogging through The Dark Between The Stars, trying to complete my Hugo voting reading right now, though.

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