Another week, another batch of books! I’m both sad that this week’s promised blizzard didn’t materialize at all so I could stay inside and read for a few days, and happy it didn’t because, well, life has to go on. Let’s get to it:
Inbox (Books Acquired)
The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (March 21, Tor)— The first book in a new series from John Scalzi, who I haven’t yet read (but love on Twitter!). In this new universe, humanity discovers an extra-dimensional field we can use for interstellar travel, creates new civilizations because of it, then realizes the field is shifting and might leave us stranded. Reminds me of N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season in that it starts at the end, which is a trope I love.
Outbox (Books Finished)
March, Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell— Finally read the last volume in Congressman John Lewis’s graphic memoir about his role in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. It filled in a lot of holes in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement, from what made the racist Democrats of the South abandon the party and flee to the Republican party, to Malcom X’s relationship with the other leaders of the era. Should be required reading for every American.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell–A collection of short stories about modern life in Argentina, the words “Shirley Jackson” were mentioned in the description, that’s basically all I needed to know. The first story has a child’s violent death in it and I don’t get the feeling the rest of the stories will be sunnier, but I couldn’t put it down.