Open Thread: Books

(by chris the cynic)

What books have you been reading most recently?  What books do you recommend?  Stuff like that.

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]

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4 thoughts on “Open Thread: Books

  1. alexseanchai March 21, 2015 at 11:22 am

    This Bridge Called My Back has a shiny new fourth edition!

  2. Firedrake March 22, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Redshift Rendezvous, John E. Stith – a worked example more than fiction, but great fun.

    A Distant Mirror, Barbara Tuchman – populist history, sometimes frustrating and hard work but fascinating if one persists.

  3. lonespark42 March 23, 2015 at 7:11 am

    I am reading Octavia Butler awesomeness!!!

    Specifically, Imago, though I have it in a trilogy omnibus thingy with Dawn and Adulthood Rites called “Lillith’s Brood.”

    So very good. Full of colonialism and identity issues and sex and gender and genetic manipulation and the challenges of trying to repopulate post-nuclear apocalypse Earth and/or other places in the solar system.

    The weird thing to me is that there don’t seem to be any queer and/or trans* humans in it. This might be explained by the aliens being selective about who they clone and/or bring out of suspended animation, but I don’t think that really makes sense, and it should at least be mentioned? The aliens have 3 sexes, and there are environmental factors influencing which they end up being, and then there are mixed people, so there’s kind of a roundabout nod to the idea…

    Someone should read this and discuss it with me!

  4. lonespark42 March 23, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Oh, and OT3s are a thing I very much love, and one of the things that makes me recommend Jemisin’s Inheritance Series and the two works I’ve read by Alaya Dawn Johnson. And there are OT3s and OT5s here in large part because of the way the aliens mate and make families and incorporate humans into that. But the focus is on the family, and the reproductive aspects more than any love or lust stories… There are a few love stories there to be fleshed out, and that makes me want some fanfiction…But they are stunted by the harsh conditions and lack of absolute freedom and consent…

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