February was an interesting month in terms of reading. I’m glad I got to go out of my comfort zone a little and it paid off. I’m surprised to say that I’ve really been liking all the nonfiction I’ve been reading recently.
Embassy town by China Mieville– This is actually one of the most unique books I’ve read in a long, long time, thematically at least. It explores the concept of language and language barrier in a scifi world where some humans serve as ambassadors (basically translators) to an alien race. What is truth? What are lies? And you really feel as though you’ve been submerged into this strange world. BUT. The characters and the storyline were lacking so, so much and were not engaging at all. But to be honest, I think I am not smart enough to understand it. I’ll probably reread it in the future.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes– Full review here
The following 2 books are going to be featured in my next genre mash-up review post so stay tuned for that! These are all nonfiction.
The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn– A must read if you are a fan of fairytale retellings and magical realism! I wasn’t expecting too much from this but it kinda blew me away and I can see why it’s getting Hugo buzz! The general gist of it is that young boy hears the story of his grandfather living with a jinn and a princess in Pakistan and when his grandfather passes away, he feels an urgent need to go back to Pakistan and find out what this jinn really is. It weaves in so many insights on cultural identity, immigration, and generation barriers. You can read it free at the SFF website Tor here
Descenders Issue 1 by Jeff Lemire, Artwork by Dustin Nguyen– You expect precise and
hard, concrete drawn lines when it comes to the artwork in scifi comics but omigosh Dustin Nguyen so precisely renders this scifi world in watercolor and it works so well. It makes the world so much more expansive and surreal. The story itself is interesting, even if a little generic (it follows a young robot as he tries to survive in a world where robots are outlawed but there’s also an intergalactic war mixed in) and I can’t really judge it yet since I’ve only read one issue but I’m excited for the rest. It reminds me a lot of Star Wars and the kaiju in Pacific Rim. If you’re looking for your next space opera read, I think this one should be on your radar.
What did you read this February?