It’s been awhile. I’ve been neglecting my reading in favor of anime, jewelry making, and fanfiction. I’ve had a bunch of titles sitting on my Kindle for a while, so I’ve decided to work my way through them
Dear readers, have you ever been to Night Vale? No? Don’t worry; twice a month, the Voice of Night Vale will come to you, invading your headspace and possibly your home. Anyway, if you don’t listen to the podcast, there is also a (stand alone-ish) book titled, “Welcome to Night Vale” by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Welcome to Night Vale, the novel, is exactly like Welcome to Night Vale, the podcast, except with words. Written words. If you’re following the podcast, this book takes place sort between episode 75 and 76. If you’re not following the podcast, it doesn’t matter. Much.
Diane Crayton and Jackie Ferro (sp?) both come into contact with the man in a tan jacket holding a deerskin suitcase. They are each given a slip of paper that says, “KING CITY.” Each woman has a slightly different path to a completely different place to follow, Diane for her son, Jackie for herself.
Includes “clips” from Cecil Palmer’s radio show and appearances by several beloved characters, including Old Woman Josie and Erika, and Erika, and Erika.
Ayelet Tsabari has presented a collection of short stories that have a common theme: bonds. Reunions, first loves, break-ups, and family ties are the timeless tales spun. Tsabari also manages to weave in tidbits of her own Yemeni Jewish heritage, as well as giving the reader a better understanding of the mixed bag of emotions involved with living in –or leaving– the Holy Land. The imagery is clear and inviting, and the words leap from the page to envelope the reader in a hug that doesn’t let go until the last story has been read. Highly recommended.
Interested in feminism, particularly from a Nigerian point of view? Check out “We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A modified version of a TedxEuston talk from 2012, “We Should All Be Feminists” is a very clear explanation for the call to unpack gender roles/expectations. Using her own culture as an example, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explores reasons why traditional gender roles are obsolete in the 21st century. She also expresses concern over the harm that gender roles do to not only women, but men. This essay/modified talk should be required reading for anyone doing work in gender studies as well as regular people who have no idea why dismantling the patriarchy is important.
Perhaps a little “based on actual events” historical fiction is more your speed? Try “The Farming of Bones” by Edwidge Danticat.
It is difficult to say that I enjoyed a book as painful and haunting as this one.
In 1937, Amabelle is a constant companion to Señora Valencia. She wants to live a simple life with her lover, Sebastien. Within days, her life is turned upside down. Racial tension is thick in the air. Rumors of Haitians being killed on the Dominican side of the border where she works and lives become more than rumors. Amabelle makes plans to escape with her lover and a group of their fellow Haitians and return to their home. Many gruesome and senseless deaths occur. Many more are injured. What comes next is a struggle to understand the events, and an attempt to make a place of peace within a world gone wrong.
Or maybe a little speculative fiction?
The Awakened Kingdom (Inheritance Trilogy #3.5) by N. K. Jemisin
(It is recommended that books 1-3 of the Inheritance Trilogy are read before this.)
Newborn godling, Shill, descends to the mortal realm to find her nature, as she does not fit the space left behind by Trickster Sieh. She encounters a mortal man named Eino, who is struggling to find his own place among his people. With the reluctant help of her sibling, Ia, Shill grows rapidly into her power, nudging the Universe along the way. Short and cute.
The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson
Okay, so, let me see if I’ve got this so far. Demane, known as [the] Sorcerer for his knowledge of medicine and third eye intuition, is accompanying Captain, a mysterious dude wrapped in scarves, and the Brothers, paid mercenaries, to guard a merchant caravan through a “rough” part of the country. Interesting language choices and wording. It almost feels, though, as if part of the story is missing. i have tried and tried to read this book. I have failed, and will be shelving it to pick up again at some indeterminate point in the future.
Well, that’s all for the moment. Now go read a book..because Sumayyah Said So.