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A Year Of Reading Women – Hiatus

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I published my review of Kindred by Octavia Butler at the beginning of November. It was meant to appear in October. I am meant to be reviewing The Lathe Of Heaven by Ursula LeGuin this month. That isn’t going to happen. I am currently deep into the reading for this year’s Arthur C Clarke Award and I have neither the time or the headspace to read or review anything else. So I’m putting A Year Of Reading Women on hiatus until next year and will restart with The Lathe Of Heaven in March 2012. This will be followed Spirit by Gwyneth Jones but then I’d like to keep going and cover eight more books over the rest of the year. Some ideas I’ve had so far include:

  • Parable Of The Sower by Octavia Butler
  • Cyteen by CJ Cherryh
  • Infidel by Kameron Hurley
  • Silver Screen by Justina Robson
  • The Female Man by Joanna Russ
  • A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski

Other suggestions welcome in the comments.

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Written by Martin

29 November 2011 at 11:46

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  1. The Rapture, Liz Jensen
    Solitaire, Kelley Eskridge
    Hav, Jan Morris
    Alanya to Alanya, L Timmel Duchamp
    Correspondence, Sue Thomas
    Native Tongue, Suzette Haden Elgin
    Sarah Canary, Karen Joy Fowler

    … assuming you’ve not read any of them already, of course.

    iansales

    29 November 2011 at 15:54

  2. I’ve read (and reviewed) The Rapture but not the others. Thanks for the suggestions, I’ve been meaning to read Hav and Native Tongue for a while.

    Martin

    29 November 2011 at 16:00

  3. What about Jensen’s other sf novel, My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time?

    iansales

    29 November 2011 at 16:10

  4. Beggars in Spain, Nancy Kress
    The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, Patricia McKillip
    Touched by Venom, Janine Cross
    The Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner

    Lal

    30 November 2011 at 11:48

  5. The Snow Queen, Joan D. Vinge

    Lal

    30 November 2011 at 11:48

  6. Thanks for the suggestions but Touched By Venom? Are you taking the piss?

    Martin

    30 November 2011 at 12:19

  7. What about Jensen’s other sf novel, My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time?

    Or The Paper Eater, or Ark Baby.

    I second Slonczewski and Fowler, since I’ve been meaning to read those for too long.

    Niall

    1 December 2011 at 17:12

  8. Isn’t Infidel a sequel? Perhaps God’s War might be a better choice?

    James Davis Nicoll

    5 December 2011 at 07:10

  9. Infidel is indeed the sequel to God’s War. The idea of the series is to review books I haven’t read.

    Martin

    5 December 2011 at 18:30

  10. I’m surprised you’re tackling another Butler after hating Kindred.

    iansales

    5 December 2011 at 18:50

  11. Well, that’s the point, isn’t it? Seems wrong to dismiss an extremely acclaimed writer on the strength of one novel (and, by all accounts, an atypical one at that).

    Martin

    5 December 2011 at 19:51

  12. M. J. Engh – Arslan (a.k.a. A Wind from Bukhara) – chilling, unique, unlikely

    Cecilia Holland – Floating Worlds – simply outstanding. So sorry she never dabbled in SF again.

    Ruzz

    9 December 2011 at 13:20

  13. Thanks for the suggestions, Ruzz. I actually reviewed Arslan earlier in the year.

    Martin

    9 December 2011 at 14:39

  14. Wah – talking about poking a hornets’ nest with a stick ….

    Ah well – trust me on the Cecilia Holland (in the unlikely event that you haven’t already read it many times).

    Ruzz

    13 December 2011 at 13:31

  15. I’ve now got a long list of a dozen:

    Parable Of The Sower by Octavia Butler
    Cyteen by CJ Cherryh
    Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge
    Sarah Canary by Karen Joy Fowler
    Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin
    Floating Worlds by Cecilia Holland
    Infidel by Kameron Hurley
    Beggars In Spain by Nancy Kress
    Hav by Jan Morris
    Silver Screen by Justina Robson
    The Female Man by Joanna Russ
    A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski

    I’ll squeeze that down over Christmas but I might have to keep going into 2013.

    Martin

    15 December 2011 at 13:24

  16. [...] eagle-eyed will notice that that isn’t twelve novels. I ran out of steam and vowed to continue this year instead with another batch. Here is what I assembled over [...]


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