Friday Reads – 6 March 2015

 Long time, no see!

looming shark

I feel like I’ve forgotten something important…

Oh my goodness, hey there.

Yeah, first up huuuuuuuuuuge apologies for slacking on the blog front. Thanks for sticking with me. Still not quite got a handle on balancing  blog, videos, assignments, and work. It’ll happen, I’m sure. Just keep swimming right?!

 

On the plus side of things I am finally settling into some books and reading them all the way through. This in contrast to last month where I started six different books and didn’t finish a single one of them.

 So what am I reading at the moment?

Strange genre-blurring books of wonderment, that’s what! Read on my precious, read on.


Lagoon cover image

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor 

When a massive object crashes into the ocean off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous and legendary city, three people wandering along Bar Beach (Adaora, the marine biologist- Anthony, the rapper famous throughout Africa- Agu, the troubled soldier) find themselves running a race against time to save the country they love and the world itself… from itself.

So far I am adoring this story. It mixes science fiction, fairytale, and a disturbing look at reality to create a very weird world for the reader to inhabit. Plus, that cover. Squiiiiiiiiiiiiid.

Lagoon is currently shortlisted for the BSFA Award.


God's War cover

God’s War by Kameron Hurley

On a ravaged, contaminated world, a centuries-old holy war rages, fought by a bloody mix of mercenaries, magicians, and conscripted soldiers. Nyx is a former government assassin who makes a living cutting off heads for cash. But when a dubious deal between her government and an alien gene pirate goes bad, Nyx is the top pick for a covert recovery. The head they want her to bring home could end the war–but at what price?

Brutal and fast paced this book has had me gripped from the first line.  Hurley’s worlds are like nothing else in SFF. Part fantasy, part science fiction, they are horribly, vividly believable. Religion, science, planetary colonisation, war, blood, and bugs. You can’t look away.


Et tu, darlings?

What about you guys? What are you all reading at the moment or planning to read over the weekend? Anything super exciting I neeeeeeed to know about? (I may have acquired an amazon voucher that needs spending…)

Happy reading!

EJ

 

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