Monday, June 2, 2014

May Reads

A Door into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
about 1/2 of Rosi Braidotti's Metamorphoses
The Post-Human by Rosi Braidotti
Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress
Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

This was a rough month due to school. I had no idea that Okorafor had a new novel out. I immediately snatched it up and read it in two sittings. It was a good novel, but not great. It could have been expanded by another 100 or so pages, just to develop the characters a bit better. But, then again, the novel is about the city of Lagos in Nigeria, rather than those living in it. Kress's novel, the first in a trilogy, is an excellent example of what science fiction can do. Her prose reminded me a lot of Arthur C. Clarke's, actually, in its precision and verbosity. Every character speaks in beautiful complete sentences, but not realistically. Still, I enjoyed it. I was a bit nervous starting the novel, because it appeared to advocate for libertarian ideals (science fiction is rife with libertarianism, ugh) but then appeared to critique it and Marxism. So who knows where Kress stands ideologically? On the other hand, Slonczewski's novel, a difficult yet rewarding text, was much easier to classify: eco-feminist and damned proud of it. I quite liked it, despite the difficulty and the slowness. McCaffrey's book was for a class and I disliked it immensely. I hate fantasy. I hate dragons. Oh well.