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The Sun Eater series by Christopher Ruocchio
Paromita Mukherjee posted a topic in Science FictionThis post is about the ongoing Sun Eater series by Christopher Ruocchio which I recently had the pleasure of reading. How many books are there in the series? How many are planned? So far, there are 5 published books in the main series which are: Book 1: Empire of Silence Book 2: Howling Dark Book 3: Demon In White Book 4: Kingdoms of Death Book 5: Ashes of Man As per the author's latest update, there are two more books to go for the series to be completed. Why read this series? The highlight of this series is the quality of the writing. If you like science fiction that is eminently readable but also deeply introspective with philosophical depth, this series is for you. Apart from this, the character work is strong, the story extremely interesting and well-paced, and the worldbuilding has many innovative elements spanning multiple books. This series is in a conversation with some of the masterworks of science fiction such as Dune by Frank Herbert and Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe. It is not necessary to have read these books to enjoy this series but if one has, the subtle homages and themes become more evident and enrich the reading experience. Hope some of you will try and enjoy this series - it is extremely well-written SFF!
Forum member @HaldaneBDoyle's SF novella series Our Vitreous Womb is available for preorder now on Amazon Kindle! Here are the links: Book 1, Her Unbound Hallux: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BTH21DC9 Book 2, Her Lethal Secretions: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BTH5W5SJ Book 3, Her Pellucid Pupil: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BTH5W5SJ Book 4, His Indelible Fingerprints: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BTH878TW I have read and really liked all four novellas - great writing, strong character work and very innovative worldbuilding. Try them and see for yourself!
https://haldanebdoyle.com/ @HaldaneBDoyle's website is now live - check it out! Books coming in April 2023! P.S. Purrty covers!
Author Spotlight: Sheri S. Tepper
Paromita Mukherjee posted a topic in Science FictionHello everyone, This post is to list the SF works of Sheri S. Tepper which focus on powerful social themes and some very innovative worldbuilding. The works I list here are all part of the SF Masterworks series. a) The Gate to Women's Country: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/104344.The_Gate_to_Women_s_Country b) Grass: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/104342.Grass c) Raising The Stones: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/104348.Raising_the_Stones Grass and Raising The Stones are part of the Arbai trilogy but they can be read as standalones. The Gate to Women's Country is a standalone. A note: Tepper's fiction contains many powerful ideas but may also contain some matter removed from modern sensibilities that may not have aged well. A request to please approach her works with an open mind, they are truly novel works, especially considering the time they were written in. Readers of her works, please do share your thoughts and other recommendations. Thank you so much for reading.
Author Spotlight: Nicola Griffith
Paromita Mukherjee posted a topic in Science FictionHello everyone, In this post I want to share links to two works by Nicola Griffith, both part of the SF Masterworks series. Nicola Griffith has a very strong authorial voice, some beautiful writing and great worldbuilding ideas. Ammonite deals with the concept of a female utopia while Slow River is set in a near future landscape and follows the journey of Lore, daughter of one of the world's most powerful families who was kidnapped and now finds herself destitute. Here are the links: Ammonite: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18171006 Slow River: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17270583 Video reviews of both books: Ammonite: Slow River: Happy reading!
Hello everyone, Just wanted to make a post listing some of the SF works of Ursula K Le Guin and Octavia E. Butler that I have read and enjoyed. Goodreads links are attached as well as comments on whether they stand alone or are part of a series. Ursula K Le Guin: All these works work as standalones. While most of them take place in the same Hainish universe, it is not necessary to have knowledge of her prior works or read them in order. 1) The Left Hand Of Darkness: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33830160-the-left-hand-of-darkness If there is one book by Ursula K Le Guin you want to try, please give this one a chance. It is a masterpiece of literature, not just SFF literature. 2) The Lathe Of Heaven: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25984055 3) The Dispossessed: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/756970 4) The Word for World is Forest: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24933757 5) The Telling: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8508467-the-telling NB for book collectors: 1) - 4) are part of the SF Masterworks series if you want nice matching editions (I have them in ebook format). If you have read these books or other books in the Hainish Cycle, please do share your thoughts. Octavia E. Butler: The works I list here include one duology, one trilogy and one standalone. Please take care with respect to content/trigger warnings for all the books. (I am happy to answer any specific questions you may have) 1) The Earthseed duology: Book 1- Parable of the Sower: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41161349-parable-of-the-sower This works well as a standalone even if you do not want to read both books. If you want to read any of Octavia E. Butler's works, please give this book a chance. In my opinion, it is a masterpiece of literature, not just SFF literature. Book 2 - Parable of the Talents: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41161350-parable-of-the-talents 2) Lilith's Brood/Xenogenesis trilogy: All the books are linked so one would have to read the trilogy as a whole to get the complete picture. Book 1 - Dawn: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54817568-dawn Book 2 - Adulthood Rites: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56222216-adulthood-rites Book 3 - Imago: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57653419-imago 3) Kindred: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60931.Kindred If you have read any of these books or the Patternist series by Butler, please do share your thoughts. Thank you for reading 🙏🏽.
Less well-known SFF Booktubers (general)
Paromita Mukherjee posted a topic in Promote Your StuffHello everyone! In this post I will share links to some SFF Booktuber channels who I think are underrated. Before doing so I want to discuss three small points: 1) What do you mean by "lesser well-known"? I am defining this as Booktubers with less than or around 1000 subscribers. However, the definition is flexible - for example if a Booktuber has 10000 subscribers but only getting tens of or few hundred views for some reason, they are still less well-known. Overall, it is any channel which is under the radar a bit and deserves a bit more attention according to you. 2) Why a separate thread for lesser-known female SFF Booktubers? As we know, female SFF authors, Booktubers and reviewers are subject to certain systemic biases globally due to which their work tends to get a little less attention. I am happy to observe this is gradually changing more and more for the better but it could still improve. As this forum is so welcoming and inclusive, I wanted to create a separate thread to explore this special interest of mine. 3) Why share more than one type of video? We all have specific tastes and limited time, meaning there won't be enough time to follow or watch all the Booktubers even if we want to. My intent with sharing different types of videos is to provide a rough sampling of the content of a particular channel and then you can check it out in more detail, should you feel so inclined! Thanks for reading this far! Without further ado I will get to the Booktube channels I want to share in the next post. P.S. It goes without saying @SteveTalksBooks has an excellent channel and deserves many, many more views.
Less well-known female SFF Booktubers
Paromita Mukherjee posted a topic in Promote Your StuffHi everyone, Part I: Inspired by @Steve 's post on interviewing female SFF authors, I want to share some content by (in my opinion) underrated female SFF Booktubers. I am a Booktube viewer and commenter, do not have a channel of my own, and so, as a member of this forum, this is my "promotion" of some Europe-based channels I regularly watch for excellent SFF content. Please check them out if you feel so inclined. @Jolien Reads (Belgium) is also on this list but as she is already a forum member, I will not say more beyond the fact that her content is awesome and deserves many, many more views. Here are my top picks: 1) @ThePurpleBookWyrm (Belgium) - reviews of fantasy, SF, general fiction works along with adaptations such as the recent Rings of Power. Sample videos: 2022 Bookshelf Tour: ASOIAF characters tier ranking: Rings of Power Season 1 review: 2) @DoUnicornsRead (Ireland) - reviews of fantasy works, theme-based book lists, deeper analysis videos for series such as Malazan Sample videos: 12 SFF female authors to check out: Ecofiction Works: End of year book tag: 3) @bookswithzara (UK) - reviews of fantasy, SF, general fiction works, themed lists, adaptation reviews Sample videos: Favourite fantasy characters: 5 fantasy books for historical fiction fans: House of Dragons Episode 1 review:
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey Review
Steve posted a blog entry in Steve's Talks BooksUsually when I watch the live adaptation I'll avoid reading the books because it ruins the reading experience for me. I enjoyed The Expanse more than I thought I would have and after hearing that the books continue beyond where the series went, I decided to give the books a try. There wasn't a whole lot of surprises from the television series, but I do see Miller much differently now. I feel as though his character had a lot of time in the show but I didn't understand his motivations nearly as well as I did after reading the book. He became my favorite character. The other characters are fine, but Miller was the most compelling of them all. It's a quick and easy read, but that doesn't mean there aren't bigger themes and ideas to chew on here. Within this story you start asking yourself what you would do in this situation and instead of thinking of right now thinking beyond into the future and what your choices could mean to everyone else. The world is very well established, especially for a space opera. I do think knowing so much about the world from the television series helped me have a grasp on the different factions but the book does a great job laying things out at a steady pace. It's very focused on a certain set of characters and their journey, it doesn't juggle as many story lines as the television series does right out of the gate. This is a great series to chat about, so I'm glad I'm on this journey with other readers. Sometimes the humor had a little too much cheese in it and I found myself rolling my eyes but most of the time it lightened the tone. The villain in the story was much more terrifying in the books and I had a much better grasp on it and it's backstory, too. Sounds like a 5 star read, right? Well... there's just something missing from this book that doesn't push it over the edge into 5 star territory for me. The thing is I just can't put my finger on what it is. It is just missing something. I'm not huge into science fiction but this is a really great gateway drug for anyone wanting a science fiction story that is easy to follow.