Hugo 2017 Reading – January

Well, I think it’s time to admit that it’s not just my health that has been causing me not to read as much. I’ve been sucked into mobile games – specifically Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, and last week Fire Emblem Heroes. I have some ideas floating around in my head for stories inspired by these gacha games, but nothing cohesive yet. Still, I need to discipline myself better so I actually get my chores and writing done. After all, I thought I would have read more through 2016 than 2015, since I’d be reading during more of the year, but that’s not the case at all.

And my reading list is quite long now that Locus magazine put out their recommendations. So I’m going to see how much I can get through in the next two months. Wish me luck!

Every Winter” by E. Catherine Tobler
a short story published by Apex Magazine

It was hard for me to focus on this story, especially since it took me multiple sessions to get through it. I just was never invested in the story. It was character driven, rather than plot driven, the speculative element was subtle and weird. Not my interest.

They Said the Desert” by A. T. Greenblatt
a short story published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies

This story was intriguing, about crossing a malevolent desert with ghosts. Seemed a bit drawn out for me, but decent.

The Art of Space Travel” by Nina Allan
a novelette published by

The speculative element in this story was very much in the background. It’s about civilians at the time of launching humans to Mars. A very human story about Emily discovering who she is and what she wants.

(5 stars) “That Game We Played During the War” by Carrie Vaughn
a short story published by

I really liked this story. The idea was intriguing – how do you have a war, or play a game of chess, when one side is telepathic and the other is not? Very sweet.

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