Hugo 2016 Reading – October

Lots of reading this month. Between listening to podcasts while doing dishes and reading what came up on my twitter feed, I never came close to hitting my “read a hugo eligible work each week” deadline. Here’s what I thought.

  • Perfect World” by Rosamund Hodge, short story published by The Hanging Garden
    • I really liked this story, which asks how much pain are you willing to cause in order to obtain good luck. I especially liked that it referenced Le Guin’s story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by pointing out that while some walked away from the utopia, nobody ever thought to help the child being tortured.
  • The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party by Shannon Hale, short story published by Candlewick
    • This story straddles the line between picture book and chapter book. My kids loved it, and have asked me to read it to them multiple times already. Very fun and adorable.
  • Genie from the Gym” by M. K. Hutchins, short story published by Daily Science Fiction
    • This story took the “how do you outsmart a genie that wants to turn your wishes against you” problem and came up with a really clever solution. I laughed.
  • The Servant” by Emily Devenport, novelette published by Clarkesworld
    • I’m not much of a fan of science fiction, but this story was well written, and had plenty of tension.
  • The Ministry of the Eye” by Dale Bailey, novelette published by Lightspeed
    • This story is reminiscent of 1984, which I just finished, and really didn’t care for. So, I wasn’t drawn much into this story. The descriptions were good though.
  • Of Blood and Brine” by Megan E. O’Keefe, short story published by Shimmer
    • The descriptions in this story were very evocative, and had me thinking about it after. I wanted to figure out what would happen after the story ended, though what we are told is still satisfying.
  • The Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History” by Sam J. Miller, short story published by Uncanny
    • I had never heard of the Stonewall Riots before I listened to this story. So I was really intrigued by this history I was ignorant of. The unconventional format of multiple first person POVs really worked well to cover the events from multiple angles.
  • A Veil of Leaves” by M. K. Hutchins, short story published by Crossed Genres
    • I critiqued this story for Hutchins awhile ago, so it was really fun to see how she had changed things in order to smooth out the rough edges and make it sparkle. The tone was perfect, showing how scientists don’t always know better.

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