Fiction

Reading List: March 2014

Here’s a post about what I’ve been reading in February. Despite having a Kindle Paperwhite I’m still in love with paper, although my 2014 purchases have all been of ebooks. The dead tree versions come courtesy of friends and libraries.

Paper:

  1. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood.

This was recommended by my daughter. She’d studied The Handmaid’s Tale in school and became interested in the author’s work. I am glad she was smitten and passed the bug to me because Atwood’s book gripped me from the start, and I just had to know what became of the main characters (especially Snowman) as the disaster’s course was charted. Recommended if you like dystopian novels set in a future where hope is an illusion and humour a survival skill. (Said daughter has now passed me The Year of the Flood, also by Ms. Atwood.)

Digital:

  1. What if The Earth Had Two Moons by Neil F. Comins

This is recommended reading for the Coursera MOOC, Imagining Other Earths, which I am participating in. ¬†Some reviewers have criticized the fictional snippets that begin each chapter but this SF writer enjoyed the author’s thought experiments and wished they were longer!
I think that he explains most necessary scientific ideas in sufficient detail so that a reader with a basic high school education can follow his arguments. And there’s always the Internet, should additional clarification be required.

  1. Clarkesworld Magazine

This monthly SFF magazine is a steal at the price and I enjoy the mix of fiction and non-fiction. It’s one way to keep in touch with what editors and readers are consuming in these genres.

Well, that’s it. A little on the brief side but I also nibble daily from a wide range of blogs; RSS feeds are great for doing this while commuting.