- 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
The first in a weekly or bi-weekly series of posts library book hauls. I live within walking distance of a library and visit it often.
This week is a mix of literary fiction, mysteries, sic-fi, and young adult.
List of books from top-down:
- The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden
- The Pirate King by Laurie R. King
- Requiem for a Mezzo by Carola Dunn
- Styx and Stones by Carola Dunn
- Adult Onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald
- Tracked by Jenny Martin
- The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman
- Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
- Defending Jacob by William Landay
- Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
- Under Majordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt
- What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton
- Lumberjanes Vol. 2 by Noelle Stevenson
- Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente [Not pictured]