Hugo 2017 Reading – July

Although my reading pace was slower this month, I still made my goal of averaging at least one story per week. Only one more month and it’s back to school. Yay! I’m looking forward to getting my regular schedule back.

White Sand Volume 1 by Brandon Sanderson and Rik Hoskin
a graphic novel published by Dynamite Entertainment

I don’t read a lot of graphic novels, more because I’m not exposed to them than because I don’t like the format. This volume introduced us to some interesting characters, a tidally locked world with a flashy magic system, and lots of intrigue. There’s a lot of setup without payoff (understandable in a serial), so it doesn’t get the fifth star yet, but I am anticipating volume 2.

Life in Stone, Glass, and Plastic” by José Pablo Iriarte
a short story published by Strange Horizons

This was an evocative story about pain and loss. The idea of touching graffiti mosaics to trigger memories was intriguing. I just didn’t like the lack of explanations of mechanics and motivations, though it is understandable why that wasn’t there.

(5 stars) “Last One Out” by K. B. Rylander
a short story published by Fantasy & Science Fiction

I’ve really liked the stories I’ve read recently about technology or magic assisting the elderly. This one, about a robot assistant helping a geriatric in the post apocalypse was very intriguing. I really liked the questions and process Filip went through as he tried to make Ella’s life better, and how to understand music.

The Drowning Line” by Haralambi Markov
a short story published by Uncanny Magazine

This story was too sensual for my tastes. I did like how the stress of Reinhart’s curse affects his kids and husband, and how he tried to deal with it with therapy.

Folk Hero” by Mary Pletsch
a short story published by Apex Magazine

This was an interesting story about snipers and rebellion. It just didn’t draw me in very much. I have a hard time liking a character who kills dispassionately from a distance.

Blessed are Those Who Have Seen and Do Not Believe” by D. K. Thompson
a short story published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Vampire stories aren’t my usual cup of hot chocolate. I did like the twist at the end after they had found the angel.

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