Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 in Books

My nonfiction and Twine work can be found on the sidebar. This year I didn't focus on marketable fiction as much as I had planned, but did complete NaNo with original fiction and continue to do Star Wars Insider work, as well as signing up for a professional writing workshop for next year, the first I'll have done since college.

My career is progressing gradually, which is better than progressing slowly. This year I've continued to feel the pull between different philosophies: ambition or self-acceptance, contentment or complacency. These questions have been going on for several years and I do not anticipate them stopping outside of dramatic societal upheaval.

Western Reaches is going strong and continues to be one of the most enjoyable projects in which I am involved. I haven't quite yet sat down and decided to do a video game best-of list, but if you want to talk about that, please feel free.

Thanks to Del Rey, Simon & Schuster, and Disney Publishing for putting me on their review lists.

I also started a book-focused Tumblr here.

Favorite Books 2017 

Time for some cheating! My top three favorite books can be found at Den of Geek's Best Fiction Books of 2017 list.

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

Horizon by Fran Wilde

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

It almost slipped my mind that I finished this in January 2017, kicking off my frantic effort to read every novel, short story, and blog post Yoon Ha Lee has ever generated. The Machineries of Empire series has some of the most scintillating science fiction prose I've ever seen, with a video game aesthetic and a steely conversation about the moral consequences of wielding power within a corrupt system. It's also very cool. The conclusion to the series is a high school + memory loss AU.

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

The gear scene! I yell, shaking you by the shoulders. You are confused. You have not read the gear scene. You are not sure where you are or where your sisters have gone.

The Stars Are Legion is a grotesque space opera with an all-female cast and a Fury Road-esque awareness of bodily autonomy, the causes and effects of violence, and speed. Kameron Hurley is possibly best known for the essay collection The Geek Feminist Revolution, but her fiction is dark and imaginative and deserves more recognition.

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