It’s SciFi Month! Squeeee-eeeeeee!
I don’t normally do this announcing-my-plans stuff because I am really not that organised (and I don’t often have a plan!), but I feel like squeeing today. So, this is what you can expect from me this November:
Item one: There are going to be thoughts on Ian McDonald’s Luna trilogy. Maybe some feelings too. You have been warned.
Item two: Maryam the Curious SFF Reader and I will share our buddy-read discussion about Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh. I am particularly excited about this because I had an absolute blast reading Terra-Two with Maryam.
Item three: I will finally read Arkady Martine’s Hugo Award-winning A Memory Called Empire after a great deal of prevarication and will present my findings in due course.
Item four: I’ll catch up with Esen and Paul in the third volume of Julie E Czerneda’s Webshifters series Hidden in Sight and will squee over their adventures in my usual fashion (You know, try as I might, I just cannot call what I do here ‘reviewing’ – I’ll do anything to avoid using the word ‘review’ … which suggests an objectivity and professionalism that I lack, completely and utterly. I just stared at the screen for five minutes before typing out the Esen and Paul sentence because I couldn’t think of a way to say that I’d write about Hidden in Sight without using the word ‘review’ … can’t, won’t, don’t make me!).
Item five: (No-one is more surprised than me that I have an item five here!) And I’m taking part in the SciFi Month read-along of Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle, which I am very excited about because (a) my delightfully battered second-hand copy of this is blurbed by Anne McCaffrey, who describes the story as “gloriously alien” (she couldn’t have used two better words to get my attention); and (b) read-alongs are my new favourite thing and I might just be a little bit addicted to them now …
There are also some daily prompts that I’m tempted to do something with. I usually enjoy mucking about with prompts on Instagram, but I might try a Twitter thing this month. I’m still thinking about that … those of you who’ve seen me on Twitter will know I’m oddly incompetent over there, so it may all go pear-shaped. We’ll see.
Ooo, that reminds me: go watch this little music video for a giggle. I catch myself singing this on a far-too-regular basis (“Come cheer up my lads, come cheer up my lads …”).