Hugo 2018 Reading – January Through March

First off, congratulations to the finalists for the 2017 Hugos! Lots of good works on that list.

I’ve actually been reading this month, but not a lot of fiction. For my birthday, I received The Geek Feminist Revolution and Rejected Princesses, and am over halfway through both. Very good reads. But that is not what this post is for. It’s for fiction published in 2017. When I realized I hadn’t read anything yet, I rushed out to and picked a few stories that caught my eye. Here is what I thought.

Come See the Living Dryad” by Theodora Goss
A novelette published by

This story isn’t straight speculative fiction. The living dryad of the title has a real (though rare) disease. Yet I felt drawn to it as Daphne pieces together the story of how her great-great-grandmother was murdered. The mystery isn’t very surprising, but the characterization is stellar.

The Ordinary Woman and the Unquiet Emperor” by Catherynne M. Valente
A short story published by

This story feels like a heavy metaphor for our time. A bit too heavy for me, and it seemed, too simplistic of a solution.

Our Faces, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Full of Light” by Kameron Hurley
A short story published by

This story had a lot of hope, while still acknowledging the cost of fighting. Good emotional draw.

God Product” by Alyssa Wong
A short story published by

These last three stories were written in the theme of “Still, she persisted.” The first doesn’t depict any consequences. The second shows consequences along with a better cause. This one shows consequences, and that persisting was really a bad choice. Heartbreaking.

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