Nov 22, 2017
Sharifah and Jenn answer your holiday SF/F questions!
1. Many years ago I read, and fell in love with, Ted Chiang's
”Stories of your life and others”. I loved the different types of
stories spanning all kinds of subjects, from religion to language
to philosophy. It blew my mind.
Is there an author out there that can fill the Ted Chiang-sized hole in my heart?
2. Do you read differently during the holidays? I find that
i reach for cozy mysteries, something i don’t read the rest of the
year. I also tend to pick up Christmas-themed romances— again, this
is NOT my usual reading material, as i usually read fantasy (my
fave genre is what i call “literary fantasy with covers that don’t
have pictures of people”). I also enjoy literary fiction, but
fantasy is my usual jam. I’m really wondering if other people find
themselves switching it up around the end of the year— for
holidays, breaks, etc.
3. a. Do you have any recommendations for Uprooted
read-alikes? (particularly with the fairytale feeling, strong
characters, and really cool magic!)
b. In the spirit of new year’s resolutions, how are you going to keep track of your reading? And/or what is your system right now?
--Marie from Poland
4. My mother recently discovered the genre of romantasy and
the world of C. L. Wilson. Since this is the first book she has
read in a while I would love to give her something along the lines
of romantasy where the romance is part of the story but not the
5. Every year I try to get a sci-fi book for my uncle and
I'm stumped this year. He is a retired scientist and the books I
know he's previously enjoyed are *Dark Matter* and *The Martian*.
He enjoys sci-fi but I think prefers things that have a basis in
reality. I would like to get him something that he maybe hasn't
heard of, but not too off the wall.
Ken Liu’s Paper Menagerie and Other Stories
Three Moments of an Explosion by China Mieville
Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia Butler
Wintersong by S. Jae Jones
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
Infomocracy by Malka Older
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach