This month has been a rather quiet one and this has meant quite some time to read. Hence this hefty post with several books and a couple of recommendations on short stories out there.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J. K. Rowling. So far the best book in the HP series (I still have two to go, though). As the series progresses, the story is becoming more complex, with a greater variety of subplots entwining. Also, each instalment of the series sees the main characters growing up, deepens the characterisation of some minor characters and introduces some interesting new ones. Hello Luna Lovegood.
- A Few of the Girls: Stories, by Maeve Binchy. A collection of lovely stories, A Few of the Girl is the perfect book to curl up on the sofa during a rainy evening – bonus points for snow. It is better to it easy reading this one, though, or every story will begin to sound just like the previous one.
- Rivers of London, by Ben Aaronovitch. Loved this one! Rivers of London had been for a while on my TBR pile and it didn’t disappoint. Think goofy policemen meet Harry Potter’s magic meet London’s charisma. Quite a cool mix.
- The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert. A very insightful tale about the current situation of the biodiversity on earth. Too apocalyptical at times but an interesting read, nevertheless. And an inspiring one – it prompted some of the short stories I’ve written this month.
- Paradise Regained, by Edward M. Lerner (Analog January/February 2017)
- Letter from an Artist to a Thousand Future Versions of Her Wife, by JY Yang (Arsenika, Winter 2017 – originally published in Lightspeed, Queers Destroy Science Fiction, June 2015)
- Left Hand Awakens, by Beth Cato (Perihelion SF, January 2017)
Finally, here are a couple of links I found interesting. If you’re a budding writer or simply someone who enjoys putting pen to paper during your free time, you might learn a thing or two reading this.
- This interesting article covers almost everything there’s to know about getting a short story published.
- This collection of blog posts shares some insight on the most common mistakes that many writers out there make, whether they’re amateur or professional. I haven’t read every article but already going through the list gave some clues on what to try and improve in my writing.
And that’s all for now. Things might be going very quiet around here, as I’m expecting baby #2 is two weeks. I haven’t planned any posts and I don’t think I’ll have much time left to write during the upcoming months, so let’s take things one day at a time.
In the meantime, do not hesitate to share what you’ve read this month (or the next one and the next one and the next one) in the comments.
Have a fruitful February!