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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.
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