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Literary Buffistas 3: Don't Parse the Blurb, Dear.

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Jesse - Jul 27, 2021 1:47:52 pm PDT #26852 of 27218
Sometimes I trip on how happy we could be.

Oh, speaking of recs, I think my best shot at a prize in the library's summer reading bingo includes a science fiction book with a female protagonist. I haven't read much science fiction at all (other than Bujold), so would love a recommendation!


EpicTangent - Jul 27, 2021 1:49:21 pm PDT #26853 of 27218
Why isn't everyone pelting me with JOY, dammit? - Zenkitty

I haven't read that since high school. I should dig it out.


EpicTangent - Jul 27, 2021 1:52:47 pm PDT #26854 of 27218
Why isn't everyone pelting me with JOY, dammit? - Zenkitty

Oh, speaking of recs, I think my best shot at a prize in the library's summer reading bingo includes a science fiction book with a female protagonist. I haven't read much science fiction at all (other than Bujold), so would love a recommendation!

Weeeeeell, Fran Wilde does some remarkable worldbuilding in Updraft.

(SF isn't my main genre either, so that's all I can rec off the top of my head!)


Jesse - Jul 27, 2021 1:59:07 pm PDT #26855 of 27218
Sometimes I trip on how happy we could be.

Funny story, I actually have read Updraft etc!


EpicTangent - Jul 27, 2021 2:15:03 pm PDT #26856 of 27218
Why isn't everyone pelting me with JOY, dammit? - Zenkitty

Oh, Charlie Jane Anders - I've read her All the Birds in the Sky, which I think skews more Fantasy than SF, but her The City in the Middle of the Night looks good (I own, but haven't gotten to read yet).


bennett - Jul 27, 2021 2:27:00 pm PDT #26857 of 27218

Several of CJ Cherryh's books are SF with female leads: The whole Chanur series; Rimrunners; Cyteen; the Morgaine cycle is a little more fantasy, so that may not work.


dcp - Jul 27, 2021 2:51:04 pm PDT #26858 of 27218
Empathy for Charlie and Algernon.

Ooooh! Have you ever read either Hellspark or Mirabile by Janet Kagan? If not, I highly recommend them.


-t - Jul 27, 2021 3:15:44 pm PDT #26859 of 27218
Well, not where I'm from. But maybe I'm not there anymore

The new Charlie Jane Victories Greater than Death is very sci fi (sort of Star Trekky)has a female protagonist, and is good. And was being given away by Tor recently, I think? Like subscribe to a newsletter and get a copy of this book kind of deal. I already had my copy so I didn’t pay much attention

I just read Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black series and she’s a female protagonist but is it SF? I think it’s probably more horror.

Vacation read: hmmmmm. This suddenly feels like a pop quiz that I am unprepared for. I will think about it some more.

I keep forgetting that I want to rec The Unravelling - it’s way far future sci fi so society is pretty much completely different, humans are pretty different, and explores some interesting ideas with that, among them vids, fic and shipping. I mean, that’s not a big part of the story but I was delighted to find them at all.


hippocampus - Jul 27, 2021 3:22:06 pm PDT #26860 of 27218
not your mom's socks.

Jesse - SB Divya’s Machinehood, Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti, Arkady Martine’s A Memory Called Empire …

(I mean yes I love it when people read Updraft also! ❤️)


hippocampus - Jul 27, 2021 3:22:44 pm PDT #26861 of 27218
not your mom's socks.

These are all excellent recs.