I’m quite proud of this list, as I think it’s got a nice mix of selections, and I’m pleased to see that it got a large response from the commentariat as well. (To whom it may concern: I didn’t mention Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber because the only Zelazny I’ve read is A Night in the Lonesome October.) And while I didn’t have the space to say this in the article itself, let me take the time here to advocate that everyone read the first ten Lord Peter Wimsey books in order, not just skipping straight to the Vane novels. You’re missing an absorbing arc of character development, some enjoyable mysteries and at least two stone cold classic novels if you don’t read all ten books.
At Strange Horizons. I’d like to add that I finally saw Eternals a few days after I turned in my portion, and I would undoubtedly have added it to the roundup if I’d seen it earlier. It isn’t quite as transcendent as The Green Knight and Dune, but it’s a great movie that does some really interesting things with the MCU (and with natural light, Kevin Feige wasn’t blowing smoke with that line). I’ve been enjoying the Kieron Gillen comic too, and I’m glad I read it beforehand since it did help me keep some of the characters straight. Ikaris is notably hotter and smarter in the movie, which is also interesting.
Happy New Year!
My review of Star Trek: Lower Decks is now up at Strange Horizons. Fun fact: out of all the Trek shows past and present, this unlikely animated comedy has turned in what is easily the strongest first season of them all. I’m very much looking forward to more (and to Cetacean Ops, I hope!).
My review of Nino Cipri’s novella Finna is now up at Strange Horizons. Fun fact: I was assigned this review nearly a year ago, turned it in in…much later than intended because pandemic, and now the sequel Defekt is only a few months away. I intend to read it; I enjoyed this one a lot.
My section of the annual 2020 in review roundup has been up at Strange Horizons for a few weeks. With the inauguration behind us and Lunar New Year on the horizon, I finally feel like 2021 is here.
Having just filed my latest review, it’s time to put in a plug for the 2017 Strange Horizons fund drive! Now on Indiegogo for your funding convenience, it’s your chance to support the work of the magazine and its excellent volunteers. The reward tiers include ebooks of the magazine and various items of swag–personally, I’m looking forward to drinking out of the logo mug.
The work of the magazine depends on the support of its readers, so now’s the time to show your appreciation and your desire for that work to continue.
In the continuing quest to manage my online writing more effectively, I’ve finally established a website. Stay tuned.