Actually, now that I’ve had more time to ponder my situation, I realize that for the past several months, I have been dealing with depression, probably exacerbated by the medication I’m on for ITP. It’s not as bad as it was a couple years ago, but my motivation to do things has dropped. So I need to decide what I can keep up with for next year. In the meantime, here’s what I read/listened to over the past month and a half, which includes one last minute recommendation for the Hugos.
(5 Stars) “Everybody Loves Charles” by Bao Shu
a novella published by Clarkesworld
This was an interesting story about a man who livestreams his life and decides he wants to quit, but his company has other plans, and a man who watches that livestream and what he does when it is interrupted. Good commentary on current situations.
“Secondhand Bodies” by Jy Yang
a short story published by Lightspeed
The narrator of this story is supposed to be unlikable. The beginning is introduced in a way that made me go along with it, but I viewed her with as much distaste as Maryam did at the end. Yet, rather than be satisfied with her comeuppance, I was just glad to be done with the story.
“The Great Detective” by Delia Sherman
a novelette published by Tor.com
Sherlock Holmes as a clockwork automaton sounds interesting, but this story was slow paced, and I didn’t find the charm of other Sherlock Holmes stories.
“A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers” by Alyssa Wong
a short story published by Tor.com
This story was a confusing Groundhog’s Day repetition of the day the narrator’s sister dies. Good descriptions, but I couldn’t get into it.
“In the Woods Behind my House” by Nicolette Barischoff
a short story published by PodCastle
Sweet story about a boy who betrays a griffen trying to fit in, and hoping that by pushing the gang off he can be forgiven.