in our fake empire…

So first item of business. You can take a look at the link on the left, to my Goodreads page, to see a more frequently updated list of novels (ha – well, okay, also other stuff) that I have recently read. But here, to continue to entertain, is the list since last you heard from me.

Short Stories, which appear to overwhelm my reading lists these days. Easy to read on lunch, in between classes, and in the short amount of time between starting to relax and fall asleep. The following cover a wide gamut of quality, ranging from spectacular (the beautiful Varieties of Exile) to the uneven (I am Legend) to the down right wacked out (The New Weird.)

Varieties of Exile, by Mavis Gallant

O. Henry Short Stories 2007, various

One More Year, Sona Krasikov

Her Smoke Rose Up Forever, by James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon)

My Mistresses Sparrow Is Dead , ed. Jeffrey Eugenides

Publish or Perish, by James Hynes

The New Weird, ed. Vandermeer

Dangerous Laughter, by Steven Millhauser

I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson

Palace Council, by Steven Carter

Science Fiction…once you start down this road, you keep reaching for one more, in the hopes that the next one will be startlingly well written on top of having an interesting plot. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

D.A., by Connie Willis
– Short and sweet. More like a young adult novella.

The Margarets, by Sheri Tepper – Interesting plot, but a little too socially responsible for me.

The Sirian Experiments, by Doris Lessing – Lessing is brilliant, but I found these so hard to follow. I plan to go back and read the other three, but I needed a break from the aliens controlling earth’s evolution.

The Marriages Between Zones 3,4, and 5, by Doris Lessing

And now…three completely unrelated novels on the same theme…which I shall return to comment on once I have finished the last one. In the meantime, let me give you a short preview by saying that they all have to do with memory and love, and the interplay between the two. What would happen if you no longer recognized someone you loved? What if your memories of them were lost, and you were forced to reconstruct your relationship completely on what they remember? Fascinating how these three authors approach this from completely different angles, resulting in three distinct novels.

Atmospheric Disturbances, Rivka Galchen

The Missing World, by Margot Livesey

The Echo Maker, Richard Powers


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