It’s been awhile since I’ve taken a turn in the driver’s seat for Inbox/Outbox. Many books have crossed my path since then, and I would love to tell you about them all. Alas, this is a weekly column, so I promise I won’t go overboard. Much.
Inbox (Books Acquired)
The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor
I’ve been waiting for this one. I discovered Okorafor last year, when I read one of her short stories in an anthology. I quickly looked up everything I could find by her online, and I stumbled across the story that serves as the basis for this book. I’ve been dying to know the rest of the story. Normally, I’d take a book this size and read it in a single sitting, but I’ve been rationing this story. I don’t want it to end. Next up for her is The Lagoon, already out in the UK, but due to hit US shelves on July 14. I may have it on preorder at multiple locations. Just in case.
Press Start to Play: An Anthology edited by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams (August 18, 2015)
I don’t read a lot of anthologies, but since it was an anthology that lead me to The Book of Phoenix, I’m more than a little excited to dive into this one. It’s a collection of stories about video games, or, as the back cover copy puts it “what happens when video games and science fiction collide.” Several of the authors included are ones that I’ve been wanting to check out but that I have missed out on so far (I’m talking about you, Charles Yu and Catherynne M. Valente). A short story is a great way to get a taste of what an author can do.
Outbox (Books Finished)
Sex Criminals Volume 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
This is probably not the first time that Sex Criminals has made an appearance in this column, since Rioters have been huge fans of the comic for a looong time. But it is the first time that I’ve read it. On a whim, I clicked on the title on my iPad the other night, and I devoured it. It’s smart, funny (hysterical!), and sincere. Suzie and Jon may not be able to be honest with the rest of the world, but now that they have found each other, they can be completely open. And it’s all because they share a secret ability – they stop time when they orgasm. Yup. You read that right. Jon has a little, uh, bonus ability, too, but you’ll have to read the comic to find out what that is. I wouldn’t want to rob you of a good laugh.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
I’m in the middle of a Harry Potter re-read. Up next is book four, and I’m looking to hearing about that trip to the Quidditch World Cup again. I love the idea of a portkey. Unless it takes me to a cemetery, where an evil wizard waits to kill me. Then, maybe not so much. But otherwise, portkeys sound cool.
The Vorrh by Brian Catling
This book has been staring at me for a while. I have resisted because it sounds a little too high fantasy for my tastes, but I’ve been seeing a lot of online chatter. To hear people talk, it sounds so good that I want to pick it up and ignore the real world until I’m done. It sounds a bit (just a bit) like Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, and I love that in audio, so I think I might try listening to it instead. Some stories are better when read aloud.
So what have you been reading? And what’s on your radar for the long summer ahead? What should I be looking forward to?
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