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I've been reading a lot of short stories lately--probably reflecting the way I'm flitting between projects in my life right now--and I've come across some very good ones, which I thought I'd recommend here.

Sheila Williams put together an anthology of Asimov stories entitled Enter a Future, and this has proved one of the best selections of stories I've read for a long time. One reason is the collection's varied approaches to the science fiction genre. But mostly it contains a lot of very strong stories. I bought Enter a Future for the Connie Willis story Inside Job -- I'm a huge Connie Willis fan, although I've skipped the stalking part of fandom ;-) -- but I found that the rest of the stories ranged from good to fantastic. I especially liked Gord Sellar's "Lester Young and the Jupiter's Moons' Blues" – and I've read Daryl Gregory's "Second Person, First Tense" time and again since I first saw it in Asimov's. If you're not a regular subscriber and missed any of the stories in the antho, I'm recommending this to any science fiction lover.

I've also been reading through as much of Lightspeed Magazine as I've been able to, and I find that the selection is absolutely wonderful. Not all of them match my tastes, of course, but there is a lot of solid, engaging science fiction there, and some absolute gems. Cucumber Gravy by Susan Palwick in particular blew me away.

The first two stories of the 25th edition of the Writers of the Future Anthology grabbed my interest with very interesting premises. 'Garden of Tian Zi' by Emery Huang was absolutely wonderful, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the Anthology. After that I'm going to get started on rereading the second book of grrm 's Song of Ice and Fire

So, what are YOU reading right now?


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bogwitch64
Apr. 1st, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett) FINALLY!
jakobdrud
Apr. 1st, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
Whenever I tell people I studied history, there's a good chance they'll recommend Ken Follett... I've yet to follow the herd :-)

By the way, I ended up switching reading projects for now from fantasy to a detective novel by a highly praised writer around these parts (Jussi Adler-Olsen)
jennygordon
Apr. 2nd, 2011 10:41 am (UTC)
George RR's Song of Ice and Fire books are just incredible. I can't wait for the HBO series of the first one to come out. I trust HBO to do an intelligent job of it, as they have of so many other series.
jakobdrud
Apr. 2nd, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
It's of a scope that I can only dream of imagining, and populated with such engaging, fallible, yet strong characters.

I read an essay a while ago that made the claim that TV-series like The Sopranos and Mad Men are the 'epics' of today's world, and possible becuase the writing can be distributed to a team instead of one writer. In that context, it's obvious how far-reaching A Song of Ice and Fire really is. A logical choice for a series, really.
ralan01
Apr. 5th, 2011 10:03 am (UTC)
Just finished The Evolutionary Void by Peter F. Hamilton, read three back issues of National Geographic that piled up while I read TEV, and have now started Anansi Boys as part of my goal of reading several more of his books before meeting (hopefully!) Neil Gaiman at WFC around Halloween.
jakobdrud
Apr. 5th, 2011 10:09 am (UTC)
Oh, Peter F. Hamilton :-) I read The Evolutionary Void back in November, and except maybe for a quip or two I thought he brought this trilogy to a very satisfactory ending. I think I like the Night's Dawn Trilogy better, but that's a hard one to top :-)

I hope you get to meet Neil Gaiman. He's supposed to be a superb speaker, so hopefully you're in for a treat.
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