- The Black Witch, a YA novel set in a misogynistic and racist society with an unlikeable main character, has received a ton of controversy. Today, I read the Vulture piece about the backlash but I still need to read the original criticism that was the rallying cry for the book’s critics. I’m fascinated by the whole thing, the book’s author has really hit a nerve here and the reaction has shown the power and limitations of social media when it comes to literary criticism.
- Finished reading The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid about a genetically modified humanoid named Nemesis, a killing machine that looks like a teenaged girl. The author has described the book as I, Claudius set in space, and I can definitely see the merit in that. Reminded me a lot of Red Rising with the revolution plot against an oppressive society and government, the main character’s attempts at concealing their true nature, and the court intrigue of a decadent society with violence ready to erupt from beneath its shallow surface. The books would be interesting to compare side-by-side because of gender swapping of the characters and how they handle certain situations. Both are satisfying and made me want to beat my chest, gather comrades, and overthrow something.
- Went to the library today and walked away with:
- Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (author of Dumplin’)
- Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Margaret Atwood is an author who I will give the benefit of doubt and read anything she writes. Her blending of feminism and speculative fiction (her term)/science fiction (generally recognized) is satisfying. Her versions of a not-so-distant future are never too far from the present which makes them even more harrowing. They seem possible and because of that all the more urgent.
How could I not read The Heart Goes Last? It’s her first speculative fiction outside of her fabulous Maddaddam Trilogy. Be cautioned, the advertising around this novel is misleading. This isn’t a new book. Atwood initially published the book as a string of serial stories on Byliner beginning with I’m Starved for You and ending with The Heart Goes Last. The book appears to be a compilation of these stories with some light editing for its final format.