Books

Aug. 1st, 2017 01:36 pm
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To Kill the President - Sam Bourne
Out on Good Behaviour - Dahlia Adler
Six Four - Hideo Yokoyama
Under the Udala Trees - Chinelo Okparanta
New York 2140 - Kim Stanley Robinson
Marriage of a Thousand Lies - SJ Sindu


To Kill the President does exactly what it say on the tin: fictional!Mattis and fictional!Preibus plot to kill fictional!Trump. And you kind of have to admire an author who back in November when the rest of us were still going wait, what? went: if I start writing now I could be crying into my royalty checks by this time next year, so.

My preferred sort of romances are regencies, but given that no one wants to write me lesbian duchesses in love (why don't you love me, publishing?) I will grudgingly settle for Out on Good Behaviour, a contemporary romance about a pansexual college student and a closeted southern lesbian navigating a relationship. It was actually very sweet, I just really want the lesbian duchesses.

I'm assured that Six Four is a very popular Japanese crime novel. Maybe it lost something in translation, or maybe I just wasn't here for six hundred pages of the internal squabbling of the Japanese police department. Ah, well, sometimes trying to broaden your reading horizons doesn't work. It's always good to try.

Under the Udala Trees is set in the aftermath of the Nigerian civil war, and follows the life and loves of a lesbian in the newly united country. It gets dark in places, but never as dark as I worried it would; I was really worried about sexual violence, which thankfully didn't happen. And it actually ends as happily as it possibly could given that it's still not safe to be gay in Nigeria. Recommended.

I find Kim Stanley Robinson's books hit and miss, but New York 2140 I totally loved. To summarise: it's a century in the future, sea levels have risen until New York is largely underwater, lets all fuck capitalism! Highly recommended.

Marriage of a Thousand Lies is about a marriage of convenience between a gay Indian man and the lesbian daughter of Sri Lankan immigrants, except it wasn't really about that nearly as much as I wanted it to be. It was a lesbian romance about reconnecting with your first love, except it wasn't about that either. It was about life as second generation immigrant, except that kind of got lost beneath the other two go-nowhere plots and a third unnecessary storyline about a missing sister. It wasn't a bad book by any stretch of the imagination, it was just sort weightless and screamed debut novel.

I continue dipping my toe into comic books with The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe and Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia. Despite being a newcomer to all this I am miffed (miffed, I say!) that the actress cast as Doreen Green is skinny.

Date: 2017-08-01 12:12 pm (UTC)
parcequelle: (she sees the stars)
From: [personal profile] parcequelle
I'm always impressed by the variety of your choices! These posts are fab. I was just checking out To Kill the President in a shop the other day and thought the same thing about the timing. Is it worth a read? I was worried it would be horribly depressing, but perhaps it would be satisfying too?

Out on Good Behaviour and Under the Udala Trees sound good too; I shall note those down. The number of books that have lost a reader in me due to even the suspicion of sexual violence is a large number, so I'm glad to know I'll be safe with this one!

Date: 2017-08-06 09:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] parcequelle
Good to know, thanks! And thanks for the full disclosure, too - I can usually handle that kind of thing if I know in advance what is (or isn't) coming.

Date: 2017-08-01 04:58 pm (UTC)
falena: two feet balancing an oldfashioned globe (the world is your oyster)
From: [personal profile] falena
'm always impressed by the variety of your choices! These posts are fab.

This! I lost count of how many books I have found thanks to you. I'm adding Under the Udala Trees to my to-read list, thanks.

Date: 2017-08-01 01:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ravurian
It seems to me that there is an obvious answer to the lack of lesbian duchesses, but I hesitate to suggest it...

Date: 2017-08-01 01:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ravurian
I mean, speaking personally, I wish you would.

Date: 2017-08-01 09:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
You should totally do it!

Date: 2017-08-01 05:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] batmarg
Sounds like the To Kill The President author was definitely thinking ahead. Sounds entertaining, but as paranoid as Dumpster Fire is, it sounds like the sort of thing I'd rather buy in a store for cash so as to be untraceable. lol

Date: 2017-08-01 08:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fyrdrakken
I seem to remember hearing a podcast reviewing New York 2140 that made it sound fairly interesting, but I just went ahead and added it to my wishlist.

Date: 2017-08-02 01:30 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
I enjoyed Six Four, but it really was about the details of professional and personal etiquette among regional Japanese police officers, not the mystery itself.

Date: 2017-08-03 06:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tamoline
One possible comic book recommendation is the Unstoppable Wasp. Nadia is a teenage escapee of the same program that produced Black Widow (albeit superscientist division), and has managed to make it to America. In between half-heartedly dealing with immigration, she decides that there aren't nearly enough female super scientists in the Marvel Universe - basically because the boys haven't been looking for them - and decides to recruit her own all female superscientist group. She's unrelentingly, upliftingly perky in attitude and in general the series is full of joy and feelings and women working together. There's also interviews with real women scientists in the back of each issue, if that's your thing.

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