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url 2018-01-26 20:29
Fighting Erasure: Women SF Writers of the 1970s, A Through F
Thieves' World - Robert Lynn Asprin,Lynn Abbey,John Brunner,Poul Anderson,Andrew J. Offutt,Joe Haldeman,Marion Zimmer Bradley,Christine DeWees
A Woman of the Iron People - Eleanor Arnason
Kindred - Octavia E. Butler
Red Moon and Black Mountain - Joy Chant
The Vampire Tapestry - Suzy McKee Charnas
Gate of Ivrel - C.J. Cherryh
Moongather - Jo Clayton
The Door Into Fire - Diane Duane
Born to Exile - Phyllis Eisenstein
Light Raid - Connie Willis,Cynthia Felice

In the 70's, I mostly got to read school library books, my aunt's endless Harlequin subscriptions and yard sale finds.  So, several of these are authors I haven't read:

 

I have all the Diadem novels by Jo Clayton (most are so yellowed and brittle -- some I had to get used in pre-Amazon and pre-eBay online searches so came that way and some were mine).  I've been putting off finishing because hard for my old lady eyes to read.

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url 2018-01-25 21:59
Fighting Erasure: Women SF Writers of the 1970s, A Through F
Thieves' World - Robert Lynn Asprin,Lynn Abbey,John Brunner,Poul Anderson,Andrew J. Offutt,Joe Haldeman,Marion Zimmer Bradley,Christine DeWees
A Woman of the Iron People - Eleanor Arnason
Kindred - Octavia E. Butler
Red Moon and Black Mountain - Joy Chant
The Vampire Tapestry - Suzy McKee Charnas
Gate of Ivrel - C.J. Cherryh
Moongather - Jo Clayton
The Door Into Fire - Diane Duane
Born to Exile - Phyllis Eisenstein
Light Raid - Connie Willis,Cynthia Felice

The link goes to TOR.com article from their recent email newsletter with more details on books/authors.  In the 70's, I mostly got to read school library books, my aunt's endless Harlequin subscriptions and yard sale finds.  So, several of these are authors I haven't read:

 

 

I have all the Diadem novels by Jo Clayton (most are so yellowed and brittle -- some I had to get used in pre-Amazon and pre-eBay online searches so came that way and some were mine).  I've been putting off finishing because hard for my old lady eyes to read.

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text 2017-10-30 00:31
Books I Read in August and September 2017
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation - Damian Duffy,John Jennings,Octavia E. Butler
Breakfast in Bed (The Innkeepers) - Rochelle Alers
Surrender to Me (The Lawsons of Louisiana) - Donna Hill
Seeking Sarah: A Novel - ReShonda Tate Billingsley
To Wager Her Heart (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel) - Tamera Alexander
Pretty, Nasty, Lovely - Rosalind Noonan
Stay with Me: A novel - Adebayo Ayobami
The Mothers: A Novel - Brit Bennett
Gravel Heart - Abdulrazak Gurnah
Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Children of OrÏsha) - Tomi Adeyemi

I will list the rating and to the side add commentary. 

 

 

5 Stars

 

 None

 

 

4 Stars

 

Breakfast in Bed by Rochelle Alers (solid read)

 

Seeking Sarah by Reshonda Tate Billingsley (solid read)

 

To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander (fantastic story, pleasantly surprised)

 

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebeyo (unforgettable stand out read)

 

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Damian Duffy (Liked this, LOVE book) 

 

 

3 Stars

 

Surrender to Me by Donna Hill (solid read)

 

Pretty, Nast, Lovely by Rosalind Noonin (interesting story)

 

Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah (good story)

 

 

2.5 Stars

 

The Mothers by Brit Bennett 

 

I've been thinking what to say about my displeasure with this book. It was an okay read for me. Such a hyped book that I did everything possible to get my hands on it for months; giveaways, egalleys and such. To only be disappointed. There's nothing new here for me. It definitely wasn't what I expected in terms of the storyline. Maybe it's my age. I've read a lot of books and many heavy hitters at a young age. It takes a lot to impress me in story and writing. However, both don't have to be great. I'll take a good story with subpar writing or a well written book with just okay plot. Many love this one. It just wasn't for me. Beautiful cover and great publicity with a new up and coming author, I do believe Ms. Bennett is definitely one to watch!

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-10-13 20:14
Reading progress update: I've read 43%.
Bloodchild: And Other Stories - Octavia E. Butler

Right at the beginning of this collection Butler admits that she isn´t the most accomplished short story writer and that she is better at writing novels. Maybe she is right about that, because I am underwhelmed by these stories.

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I have to admit, though, that I´m not a big short story fan to begin with.

 

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review 2017-10-02 14:29
Wild Seed Doesn't Grab Me Like Other Books
Wild Seed - Octavia E. Butler

Well this one didn't work for me at all. The only saving grace is that it was short. I loved/liked Octavia Butler's other books and this one just made my skin crawl. Reading about almost immortal beings named Anyanwu and Doro through 288 pages of their dysfunction was a little much for me honestly.

 

When Doro comes across Anyanwu (Sun Woman) he is happy to finally meet someone that he thinks can help him with his quest to breed the perfect children. Though Anyanwu is hesitant to be with Doro, she decided that she is tired of being alone more and watching her descendants die along with her husbands. Too late she realizes that Doro is a cruel being who doesn't care about people at all except to make sure that they do his bidding in all things.


They travel from Africa to the New World (America) and are able to change their bodies, color of their skin, and even their sex. I wish that Butler had these two stay African and have to deal with the problems their skin color would have living in the Americas, but that is quickly skated over by people saying how afraid of Doro they are and Doro and his villages are quickly left alone.


I also felt frustrated by Anyanwu since she is really just Doro's doormat. She keeps making all these concessions thinking it is going to keep her children safe and nothing she is doing does that. Doro is cruel and has caused her pain over and over again and she is in a love/hate relationship with him. I thought it was gross how Doro was forcing Anywanwu to breed with who he said since he wanted children off of her. I kept hoping someone would kill Doro.


The writing was good, I just lost interest in it after a while. This is not another Xenogenesis series where you can see the debates about consent going back and forth and gray areas. There is just simply Doro being awful and getting away with it for centuries. 

 

The flow as upside down too though. Nothing goes on forever it seems besides reading about how Doro is trying to breed people and then we come to an end which I assume sets up the next book in the series. I plan on skipping that. 

 

 

 

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