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Hairy Dark Problem; Orange Goblin Saga

The Dark Between the Stars, by Kevin J. Anderson
I read this because it was nominated for a Hugo. I was quite unimpressed (though not nearly as unimpressed as I was with most of the short story nominees). Mostly it just went on and on and on. There were a few characters I was interested in, and if I were trapped on a plane with the next one in the series, I would read it, but I won't be seeking out any more like this one on my own.

The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu
Another Hugo nominee. Smart and compelling - I'm looking forward to the sequels. It's also extremely infodumpy, probably because of the educational context for Chinese SF. Fortunately for me, I don't mind infodumps at all, probably because I spent my childhood reading Asimov et alia.

Hairy MacLary from Donaldson's Dairy, by Lynley Dodd
It's not a very complicated story, but it is rather an adorable one. Especially if you have a soft spot for small dogs of serious mien.

The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison
And another Hugo nominee! This book was incredibly immersive and quite beautiful. There are bits of it stuck in my head that won't be unsticking themselves any time soon. Am kicking myself for not having read more of Sarah Monette before, because this book was so good that my subconscious has now gone into hoarding mode and will find ways of avoiding reading her stuff henceforth (because, you see, omg what if we RAN OUT???). Le sigh. It really is awfully good. Were I not so in love with the Ancillary series, this would've had my Hugo vote.

Saga, vol. 1, vol. 2, and vol. 3 by Brian Vaughn and Fiona Staples
More Hugo stuffs - these ones I'd been meaning to read for AGES. Such a great series, with overtones of many of my favorite comic writers, but still very much itself. It's science fantasy, not science fiction, if you were wondering.
(201, 217, 218)

Out of Orange, by Cleary Wolters
A memoir by the woman that Orange is the New Black used as the basis for Alex Vause. I admit to mostly reading it because I love the show so much, and I also admit that a lot of what made it extra-compelling for me - I would sit in my dining room reading it for HOURS, until my butt fell asleep - was in figuring out how the stuff in the show went down "in real life". But that said, it was an excellent book. Lucid. And not making excuses for the author's mistakes, but also not setting itself up as some kind of overblown redemption story. More of a cheerfully-muddling-through redemption story ;). I very much liked it.

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