September 17th, 2021


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Friday reading

Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls, by Matt Ruff
Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora, eds. Zelda Knight & Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald

Last books finished
Felaheen, by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Rose, by Russell T. Davies
Doctor Who: The Massacre, by John Lucarotti
Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts, by Rebecca Hall and Hugo Martínez
The Bloodline Feud, by Charles Stross
"The Saturn Game", by Poul Anderson

Next books
The Rain-Soaked Bride, by Guy Adams
Great Glowing Coils of the Universe, by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

February 2013 books

This is the latest post in a series I started in late 2019, anticipating the twentieth anniversary of my bookblogging which will fall in 2023. Every six-ish days, I've been revisiting a month from my recent past, noting work and family developments as well as the books I read in that month. I've found it a pleasantly cathartic process, especially in recent circumstances. If you want to look back at previous entries, they are all tagged under bookblog nostalgia.

A truly formative experience for me this month was attending the Los Angeles Doctor Who convention Gallifrey One. I had one hell of a good time.

At the end of the month I was in Berlin accompanying the foreign minister of the unrecognised state of Somaliland, which was also tremendous fun. Here he is sitting next to German academic Annette Weber, who was appointed EU Special Representative to the Horn of Africa two months ago, in July 2021.

I also got out with B and F to the Three Tumuli of Tienen, which have since been massively cleaned up.

In the outside world, the Pope announced his abdication, the second of the year following Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands the previous month; there was a third to come (and another in 2014). Some relevant reading.

I read only 13 books that month, my New Who rewatch slowing me down.

Fiction (non-sf) 1 (YTD 2)
The Red and the Black, by Stendhal

sf (non-Who) 5 (YTD 8)
Matilda, by Roald Dahl
Dark Eden, by Chris Beckett
London Falling, by Paul Cornell
Empty Space: A Haunting, by M. John Harrison
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, by Lois McMaster Bujold

Doctor Who 6 (YTD 12, 15 counting non-fiction)
The Menagerie, by Martin Day
Original Sin, by Andy Lane
The Turing Test, by Paul Leonard
Snake Bite, by Scott Handcock
The Silurian Gift, by Mike Tucker
The Nameless City, by Michael Scott

Comics 1 (YTD 2)
Slaapkoppen, by Randall C.

~3,400 pages (YTD 7,600)
1/13 (YTD 5/29) by women (Bujold)
0/13 (YTD 0/29) by PoC

Loved Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, which you can get here; as usual for me with Harrison, bounced off Empty Space, which you can get here.