It’s been another glorious SciFi Month – always a great way to brighten up November as the nights draw in and the clocks go back. Cold weather and wet days make good reading days, and with the state of the world knocking my concentration and peace of mind for six, it’s been wonderful to contrast it with some great stories, some geeky discussions and our very first guest post from Lesley Conner and the Apex slush team!

Reading and review round-up 

In honour of SciFi Month I intended to read and review only SF novels using a strict definition of scifi as space-based SF. Sadly, this resulted in 3 DNFs, which dented my enthusiasm (and put a hole in my schedule, tch), so I went back to a broader definition to finish the month. I love books set in space. The ones on my TBR just weren’t what I was looking for at the moment.

Read previously, but saved for SciFi Month:

This month’s reading:

  • Fluency – Jennifer Foehner Wells Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Europe at Midnight – Dave Hutchinson  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Europe in Winter – Dave Hutchinson  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • A Love of UIQ – Felix Guattari  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Echopraxia – Peter Watts  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)

DNFs: Radiance (Catherynne Valente), Way Down Dark (J P Smythe), The Last Day of Captain Lincoln (EXO)

 

SciFi Month celebration

Because SciFi Month isn’t the only time we love to read books set in space, a group of us will be embarking on a closer read of A Closed and Common Orbit later this week, with weekly discussions through the month – you’re welcome to join us. Sign up here.

Tremontaine

My travels in Scotland and into scifi meant I fell off the TremonTEAM wagon this month, but I have at least caught up on my weekly reviews:

Stacking the shelves

I have been picking up a few ARCs as January is looking very exciting, but otherwise trying to contain myself in the run up to Christmas. Needless to say, that went out the window when Dragons & Jetpacks picked Jurassic Park as the SciFi Month read and I realised I no longer owned a copy. Well, now I do. Again.

Conscious demographics

My challenge to myself is to read diversely and to love every book. This tracker is intended to help me stay mindful of how I’m doing with that.

  • 28 male (42%) / 33 female (50%) / 3 trans, non-binary or genderfluid (5%) + 2 anthologies
  • 9 (14%) – by people of colour
  • 11 (17%) – by LGBTQIA people / 16 (24%) featuring LGBTQIA protagonists

Actual challenges

  • 66 / 75 books (excl. short stories, DNFs and Tremontaine Season Two)
  • 25 (38%) – towards the Backlist Challenge (excl. re-reads)