What I’m Reading

Shards of Honor (1986), Barrayar (1991), Lois McMaster Bujold

…collected as Cordelia’s Honor (1996). Why yes, I hadn’t read any of the Vorkosigan books till now, and now I’m kicking myself. Shards of Honor centres around my weakness, Sensible Middle-Aged People Romance; Barrayar is political intrigue that builds to some truly badass action. Disability is very much present and important, which I’m not used to seeing in fiction.

The Gaslight Dogs, Karin Lowachee (2010)

A young Aniw spiritwalker is taken captive by the colonist-descended Ciracusans, who hope to use her powers in their nascent war against the overseas nation of Sairland (Britain to their America). From part of a review that I may or may not finish or publish, this book is “a rarity: a novel featuring a frontier setting and an indigenous protagonist, thoughtfully exploring a side of colonialism that is generally invisibilized.” I’d classify it as Weird North. My only gripe is that it feels more like half of a longer work truncated for publication rather than a complete novel with a cliffhanger ending.

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