– Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie.
Breq’s shifting and split perspectives fascinated me from a writing perspective. I could see this split POV working well in an anime adaptation too. (Breq also reminded me of another compelling androgynous AI – Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell.) I loved the diverse cultural aspects of the worldbuilding, the gendered pronoun subversions and the complex politics in Ancillary Justice. It’s also worth noting that empires in any universe can be downright chilling.
– Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction – Reviewed.
– The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
I want to live in this universe. I really love September’s journey. I need the sequels. Creative coming of age children’s/YA fantasy stories are my favourites. Will write up a review in the future.
A touch of the mythic world:
– Odori by Darcy Tamayose – Reviewed.
– Rat Queens Vol. 2 Kurtis J. Wiebe – Reviewed.
Reflecting on the world:
– Wintergirls by Laure Halse Anderson
This brilliant book suckerpunched me. Wintergirls made me realise that I need to read more contemporary YA books.
– The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
Recommended to anyone who does creative work. I especially liked the bit about how creative people need time to collect before connecting with others.