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Reviews of speculative fiction, YA, middle grade, and graphic novels, along with stray thoughts, links, and pictures.

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2017 Hugo Ballot Announced

The list was announced yesterday. This post lists all the nominees, some with links. If it's cataloged on booklikes, I've included a cover link. If there is an excerpt or the work is available for free, I've included a link.

 

+ link goes to sample, not full work

^ includes audio

* was on my nomination ballot

 

Also: Yes, there used to be 5 finalists per category. Last year's committee ratified a 5/6 rule that changed the rules. Nominees pick 5 and the top 6 are finalists.

 

 

Best Novel

 

All the Birds in the Sky - Charlie Jane Anders  All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Books / Titan Books)+

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers  A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager US)+* [contains spoilers for The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers ]

Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past) - Cixin Liu,Ken Liu  Death’s End, by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor Books / Head of Zeus)+ [contains spoilers for The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu,Ken Liu  and The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu]

Ninefox Gambit - Yoon Ha Lee   Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris Books)+

The Obelisk Gate - N.K. Jemisin  The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)+* [contains spoilers for last year's Hugo winner: The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin]

Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota) - Ada Palmer  Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer (Tor Books)+

 

Best Novella

 

The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle   The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle (Tor.com publishing)+^

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe - Kij Johnson   The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson (Tor.com publishing)+

Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire  Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)+

Penric and the Shaman - Lois McMaster Bujold  Penric and the Shaman, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum Literary Agency)

A Taste of Honey - Kai Ashante Wilson  A Taste of Honey, by Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com publishing)

This Census-Taker - China Miéville  This Census-Taker, by China Miéville (Del Rey / Picador)+ [you will need to click the "Read an Excerpt" link as I cannot link directly]

 

Best Novelette

 

Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex: (Romance, Erotica, Humorous, Contemporary, Short Stories) - Stix Hiscock  Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex, by Stix Hiscock (self-published)

 

The Art of Space Travel: A Tor.Com Original - Nina Allan  “The Art of Space Travel”, by Nina Allan (Tor.com , July 2016)

 

The Jewel and Her Lapidary - Fran Wilde   “The Jewel and Her Lapidary”, by Fran Wilde (Tor.com publishing, May 2016)+^

 

“The Tomato Thief”, by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)

 

“Touring with the Alien”, by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2016)^

 

“You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay”, by Alyssa Wong (Uncanny Magazine, May 2016)

 

Best Short Story

 

The City Born Great: A Tor.com Original - N. K. Jemisin  “The City Born Great”, by N. K. Jemisin (Tor.com, September 2016)

A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers - Alyssa Wong  “A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers”, by Alyssa Wong (Tor.com, March 2016)

“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies”, by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny Magazine, November 2016)

The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales - Navah Wolfe,Amal El-Mohtar,Charlie Jane Anders,Max Gladstone,Naomi Novik,Karin Tidbeck,Dominik Parisien,Sofia Samatar,Kat Howard,Seanan McGuire,Genevieve Valentine,Aliette de Bodard,Daryl Gregory,Stephen Graham Jones,Margo Lanagan,Marjorie M. Liu,Jeffrey   “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)

That Game We Played During the War: A Tor.Com Original - Carrie Vaughn  “That Game We Played During the War”, by Carrie Vaughn (Tor.com, March 2016)

“An Unimaginable Light”, by John C. Wright (God, Robot, Castalia House)

 

Best Related Work

 

The Geek Feminist Revolution - Kameron Hurley  The Geek Feminist Revolution, by Kameron Hurley (Tor Books)+*

The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher  The Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher (Blue Rider Press)+ [audio excerpt here^]

Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg - Robert Silverberg,Alvaro Zinos-Amaro    Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg, by Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (Fairwood)

The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction - Neil Gaiman  The View From the Cheap Seats, by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow / Harper Collins)+

The Women of Harry Potter posts, by Sarah Gailey (Tor.com) [Ginny WeasleyMolly Weasley, Dolores UmbridgeLuna Lovegood, and 2017 entry Minerva McGonagall]

Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, with a Journal of a Writer’s Week - Ursula K. Le Guin  Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)+ [you'll have to scroll down a bit to find the excerpt]

 

Best Graphic Story

 

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 - Ta-Nehisi Coates,Brian Stelfreeze  Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze (Marvel)

Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu  Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)*

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous - Nico Leon,G. Willow Wilson,Cliff Chiang,Takeshi Miyazawa,Adrian Alphona  Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa (Marvel)

Paper Girls Volume 1 - Cliff Chiang,Brian K. Vaughan  Paper Girls, Volume 1, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image)*

Saga, Volume 6 - Fiona Staples,Brian K. Vaughan  Saga, Volume 6, illustrated by Fiona Staples, written by Brian K. Vaughan, lettered by Fonografiks (Image)

Vision Vol. 1 - Gabriel Hernandez Walta,Tom King  Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man, written by Tom King, illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Marvel)

 

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (links to IMDB entries)

 

Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve (21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films)*

Deadpool, screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, directed by Tim Miller (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Marvel Entertainment/Kinberg Genre/The Donners’ Company/TSG Entertainment)

Ghostbusters, screenplay by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, directed by Paul Feig (Columbia Pictures/LStar Capital/Village Roadshow Pictures/Pascal Pictures/Feigco Entertainment/Ghostcorps/The Montecito Picture Company)*

Hidden Figures, screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, directed by Theodore Melfi (Fox 2000 Pictures/Chernin Entertainment/Levantine Films/TSG Entertainment)

Rogue One, screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, directed by Gareth Edwards (Lucasfilm/Allison Shearmur Productions/Black Hangar Studios/Stereo D/Walt Disney Pictures)*

Stranger Things, Season One, created by the Duffer Brothers (21 Laps Entertainment/Monkey Massacre)

 

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (IMDB for TV episodes, youtube for album)

 

Black Mirror: “San Junipero”, written by Charlie Brooker, directed by Owen Harris (House of Tomorrow)

Doctor Who: “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”, written by Steven Moffat, directed by Ed Bazalgette (BBC Cymru Wales)

The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes”, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough (SyFy)

Game of Thrones: “Battle of the Bastards”, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Miguel Sapochnik (HBO)

Game of Thrones: “The Door”, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Jack Bender (HBO)

Splendor & Misery [album], by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)

 

Best Editor, Short Form

 

John Joseph Adams

Neil Clarke

Ellen Datlow

Jonathan Strahan

Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas

Sheila Williams

 

Best Editor, Long Form

 

Vox Day

Sheila E. Gilbert

Liz Gorinsky

Devi Pillai

Miriam Weinberg

Navah Wolfe

 

Best Professional Artist

 

Galen Dara

Julie Dillon

Chris McGrath

Victo Ngai

John Picacio

Sana Takeda

 

Best Semiprozine 

 

Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews

Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, edited by P. Alexander

GigaNotoSaurus, edited by Rashida J. Smith

Strange Horizons, edited by Niall Harrison, Catherine Krahe, Vajra Chandrasekera, Vanessa Rose Phin, Li Chua, Aishwarya Subramanian, Tim Moore, Anaea Lay, and the Strange Horizons staff [I'm a patreon backer and have contributed an item to a previous fund drive give away - so, obviously a big fan of their work]*

Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

The Book Smugglers, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James*

 

Best Fanzine

 

Castalia House Blog, edited by Jeffro Johnson

Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Helena Nash, Errick Nunnally, Pádraig Ó Méalóid, Chuck Serface, and Erin Underwood

Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan*

nerds of a feather, flock together, edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry

Rocket Stack Rank, edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong

SF Bluestocking, edited by Bridget McKinney

 

Best Fancast

 

The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan

Ditch Diggers, presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace

Fangirl Happy Hour, presented by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams*

Galactic Suburbia, presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce and Tansy Rayner Roberts, produced by Andrew Finch

The Rageaholic, presented by RazörFist

Tea and Jeopardy, presented by Emma Newman with Peter Newman

 

Best Fan Writer

 

Mike Glyer

Jeffro Johnson

Natalie Luhrs*

Foz Meadows*

Abigail Nussbaum

Chuck Tingle*

 

Best Fan Artist

 

Ninni Aalto

Alex Garner

Vesa Lehtimäki

Likhain (M. Sereno)

Spring Schoenhuth

Mansik Yang

 

Best Series (2017 special category, may be permanent in future. First book cover shown for each) 

 

Full Fathom Five: A Novel of the Craft Sequence - Max Gladstone  The Craft Sequence, by Max Gladstone (Tor Books)

Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey  The Expanse, by James S.A. Corey (Orbit US / Orbit UK)*

Rosemary and Rue - Seanan McGuire  The October Daye Books, by Seanan McGuire (DAW / Corsair)

By Ben Aaronovitch - Midnight Riot / Rivers of London (Original) (1/16/11) - Ben Aaronovitch  The Peter Grant / Rivers of London series, by Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz / Del Rey / DAW / Subterranean)

Temeraire: In the Service of the King - Naomi Novik  The Temeraire series, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Harper Voyager UK)

Cordelia's Honor - Lois McMaster Bujold  The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)

 

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

 

Sarah Gailey (1st year of eligibility)

J. Mulrooney (1st year of eligibility)

Malka Older (2nd year of eligibility)

Ada Palmer (1st year of eligibility)

Laurie Penny (2nd year of eligibility)

Kelly Robson (2nd year of eligibility)

 

So, a pretty good list in general. Not everything I nominated made it, but several things did. Tor's representation in the short fiction categories is a bit heavy, but with so many high quality short fiction markets out there right now, I'm really interested in seeing the long lists for those categories. 

Review: Tropic of Serpents

The Tropic of Serpents - Marie Brennan

I was more enamored with the first one, I think. This was still quite good, but possibly too much "more of the same" and not enough really great individual scenes. 

 

Probably will still pick up the third book at some point.

No, Diversity Didn't Kill Marvel's Comic Sales

An analysis following up on the dumbness I linked yesterday.

An Account of the Land of Witches

A new Sofia Samatar story is out today. Her short story collection Tender is out in 2 weeks. 

Review: Star Dust (Fly Me to the Moon #1)

Star Dust (Fly Me to the Moon, Book One) - Emma Barry, Genevieve Turner

So, maybe I'll stick with regency romance? 

 

There are interesting scenes recalling the early days of the American space program, firmly fictionalized, but wildly exciting. Which is cool and all, but, as historical fiction, also means being trapped in the firmly entrenched gender roles in the national spotlight for that program. 

 

The problem is me. I am in the wrong genre. I want the gender swapped version of this. I want a woman riding a rocket, hoping she'll make it back home to her man. And that just isn't going to happen in a historical set in the early days of our space program. The closest I could get would be a fictionalized version of female pilots going through the same training and never being taken seriously by NASA. And I'm sorry, but testifying before a congressional subcommittee with no resulting action is absolutely not going to work for me as a form of escapism. I'm looking for the fantastical version, which is not this genre at all.

 

So that's enough complaining about the book I didn't read, right?

 

This is the story of a divorcee with two kids figuring out independence while falling for the too hot and too kind to be real neighbor who happens to be a national icon. The friction in their relationship caused by it really just being too soon for her is well done, but not for me. The friction caused in their relationship by her concerns for her children when she inevitably breaks up with someone who is both a hero and a neighbor is well done, but not for me. The friction in their relationship caused by the public spotlight on his life and her very understandable desire for privacy is well done and interesting, but not quite enough.

 

Yeah. Sorry, book. I appreciate your feminist take on romance, but you just aren't for me.

Marvel VP of Sales David Gabriel Doesn't Want My Money

I can't yell loud enough for him to hear, not with his head shoved that far up his ass.

Review: Stars Are Legion

The Stars Are Legion - Kameron Hurley

I've seen this compared to Matter by Iain M. Banks, and while I understand the, uh, world building comparison (and the similarity in color schemes for the covers), that's just not the Culture novel it reminds me most of. This book is far closer to Surface Detail in plot (but without all the rape), or Excession in terms of pregnancy, relationships, and plots to control a new variable, or Look to Windward in so many functional ways I can't even get into without spoilers.

 

Of course, none of these comparisons really makes a lick of sense.

 

This is C. L. Moore rewriting Jack of Shadows as a Jirel of Joiry story far more than it is any Culture novel. Shit, the big decision at the end is straight out of a Moore story.

 

Whatever. I'm just going to stop trying to fit this into other things.

 

This big, beautiful, bold book. I read it as slowly as I could. I put it down every time I was sick (which has been a lot this year, y'all) so I wouldn't miss a thing. I heard it was gross, but I don't think it really was. All the gross stuff made too much sense to be off putting. So much sense. 

 

And I want to play the rpg version of part II.

 

Read as adventure fiction or political allegory, this holds together and satisfies. I loved it. The characters, the setting, the wtf and the wonder. If this isn't the best books I read this year, it will be a very strange year indeed.

Review: Phantom Pains

Phantom Pains - Mishell Baker

Got to love a good pun in a title.

 

This sequel to Borderline is both better than that book and not quite as enjoyable to this reader. The pacing is better. The exposition is better integrated. And there are several interesting new characters. 

 

But, I don't know. Many of the plot twists seemed overly obvious to this reader. There were a few times when it seemed Millie took far too long to drawn the obvious conclusion. It's first person, so I know she's working from the same information as I am, and I got a bit frustrated in places because of this.

 

Also, and this is super unfair of me: she killed my favorite character.

 

That aside, I'd be interested in a third novel. The end of this shakes things up in a way that could be very interesting. 

2016 Year in Review

A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers) - Becky Chambers The Obelisk Gate - N.K. Jemisin The Countess Conspiracy - Courtney Milan Midnight Taxi Tango - Daniel José Older White Trash Zombie Gone Wild: A White Trash Zombie Novel by Rowland, Diana(October 6, 2015) Mass Market Paperback - Diana Rowland The Liberation (The Alchemy Wars) - Ian Tregillis Babylon's Ashes - James S.A. Corey The Core of the Sun - Johanna Sinisalo The Fifth Season - Robin Miles, N.K. Jemisin The Winged Histories: a novel - Sofia Samatar

Last year, I failed to do any summary posts about what I had read in 2015. I think I just kept putting it off until it was so late in the year that it seemed not worth the bother. Of course, I see so many "best books of the year" posts in November of the year in discussion that sometimes January seems like it is too late. So March isn't even that late, really.

 

My breakdown of the 76 "books" I finished in 2016:

anthologies: 1
collections: 0
Adult novels: 41
YA novels: 5
MG novels: 13
graphic novels: 1
art book: 0
comic omnibus: 11
magazine issues: 0
children's books: 2
nonfiction: 2

Of those 76, only 20 were published in 2016. I abandoned 3 titles without finishing. I also counted Final Formula as 1 book even though it was 2 novels and a short, and decided to consider the serial box stories an anthology instead of individual books. 
 
I did read some other miscellaneous short fiction in various magazines, but I don't shelve magazines unless I'm reviewing the issue. And I don't shelve individual stories because I am lazy.
 
Across all categories:
  Written by Women: 55 (72%, up from 2014)
  Written by POC's: 13 (17%, down from 2014)
  Written by Transgender authors: 1 (1%)
  Written by Non-binary authors: 1 (1%)
 
I'm a bit unhappy with how little of my reading was by POC's, both because it was a decrease from last time I checked, and because if I counted unique authors, I'd have even fewer. Apparently 2016 was the year I read lots of white ladies. I added 2 new demographic categories, which I know I'll need for the 2017 counts as well. I included the 1 transgender author in both that category and in the category she self identifies as. 
 
My favorite book from 2016 was A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers) - Becky Chambers, just barely edging out The Obelisk Gate - N.K. Jemisin and The Core of the Sun - Johanna Sinisalo because I needed comfort more than truth. All the novels I rated 5 stars are included in the ribbon. My favorite new-to-me writers were Noelle Stevenson and Daniel José Older, who both write awesome women.
 
I reviewed 72 titles read in 2016. That has to be a new high for me, even with the website issues here at BL.
 

2016 Year in Review: Rape

One year, I did a super thorough overview of every book that included rape or references to rape. This year, I'm being a hell of a lot less rigorous and just including the three that spring to mind. I don't know, okay, this is just where I am.

 

Vicious Circle by Ellie E. Ire has a plot largely motivated by a false rape accusation. 

 

Shifter by Jennifer Lynn Reynolds is a romance where the heroine is threatened with rape and the hero hopes the female villain will be rapes.

 

Expendable by James Alan Garner features a protagonist who's motivation includes seeking justice for the rape of a woman she meets on an alien planet.

 

I'll try to take better notes for 2017 as this isn't terribly thorough.

 

Still working on gender stats for 2016 as well.

Review: Hunger Makes the Wolf

Hunger Makes the Wolf - Alex Wells

Is Dapperpunk a thing? Can it be a thing? I feel like this dapper AF badass fireball of a heroine could define the genre if it isn't already one.

 

If I have to stick to actual genres, this is a blend of space opera and western. Motorcycles instead of horses. And, as expected, the future is not evenly distributed. And the people under the boots of the intergalactic corporation are tired of taking shit. Deserts or mines, why not both.

 

Great adventure. Great characters. Great pacing, meshing never-to-long snappy dialog with action. This is the director's cut of the summer blockbuster movie I've always wanted.

 

Stand alone, but with hooks for direct sequels and other stories in the same universe. I'm not sure if reading it is the one thing keeping me sane with this endless cold, or the reason I'm not better yet as I read it instead of sleeping.

 

If you're looking for a fun adventure where you can root for the underdog, check this out.

Sick of being sick

Y'all, I'm on round three of antibiotics and almost completely out of sick leave. At least we were mostly moved out of the house before this crud came back. Note: not mostly moved in, mind. Still living out of boxes.

 

Most of my books are in piles on shelves as I didn't label the boxes well enough to know which to open first. I appear to be missing a box as well, so shelving is going slow.

 

How can one person make this much mucus in so short a period of time. 

 

Also, got a new cat. A 3 year old tuxedo named Agent Niles "Noodle" Clawhammer. 

 

So, that's things. Haven't finished a book in a bit. In the middle of at least 4, of course. Spend my last 30 minutes of consciousness each night rereading the same page of Hunger Makes The Wolf because my brain apparently stops working before my eyes do.

 

I am so tired of being tired and sick of being sick.

Review: Dreadnought

Dreadnought - April Daniels

First in a series that I've only not pre-ordered the next volume of because I don't see a Kindle option yet. Will read, for sure.

 

I don't typically love origin stories. Probably because I've overdosed on Spiderman and Batman re-introductions over the years. With great power comes great repetition, Martha. This feels quite fresh, though. Not just a subtle variation on something I've read a dozen times before.

 

Part of that, of course, is that the protagonist is trans, and that just adds layers of bullshit for her to face. And why pick just one kind of gross asshole when you can have both the toxic masculinity mascot parents failing to accept you and the genetics-is-destiny feminist who considers you an invader?

 

Part of it is also the relationships she builds with supers in different socioeconomic brackets. It's quite interesting to see someone flit back and forth between a wealthy, corporate officially sanctioned setting and a street wise, morally gray setting and struggle to grok both individually and in relation to each other. I know I've read other stories that try to approach this, but not as successfully as Dreadnought.

 

The pacing is a bid slow to start, but ramps up in the last act. Sadly, while much of this feels novel, the villain's plan, when finally revealed, is disappointingly familiar when first introduced, and still well worn territory for scifi fans even after the twist is revealed. That's kind of okay, though, since this book is much more about the journey than the destination. And while the plan is meh, the motivation behind it has a lot of potential to lead the protagonist into new, interesting territory.

 

I am so looking forward to the next installment.

Review: A Study in Scarlet Women

A Study In Scarlet Women: The Lady Sherlock Series - Sherry Thomas

I am quite optimistic about this series. The writing is compelling, and so are this particular Holmes and Watson. There are some pacing issues in the first half, but overall, it's very satisfying in terms of plot, character, and craft. And it sets up a series that looks to be a great deal of fun without leaving the reader on cliff hanger.

 

I also really want to throw out a content warning, but that particular content is a major plot spoiler, so I'll hide it behind this tag. 

 

This book includes both child prostitution& includes the suicide of one of the victims of pedophilia. There are no graphic depictions of pedophilia or suicide, but both happening are central to the plot.

(show spoiler)

 

I love Charlotte Holmes. I love both how good she is at solving puzzles and how bad she is at thinking outside the box. Which I know sounds contradictory, but isn't. If the pieces exist, she can put them together. However, a novel solution to her own problems evades her until another character suggests it, even though she's half way there. Her thinking is constrained to what is possible in society, even when she knows her own capacities aren't aligned. 

I've already pre-ordered the next book in the series.

2016 Black SFF Writer Survey Report

Note the individual sections are linked on the left.

Review: Talk Sweetly To Me

Talk Sweetly to Me (The Brothers Sinister) (Volume 5) - Courtney Milan

This is the last installment in the Brothers Sinister series, and like the other shorter works, suffers from being too short. Great characters and great dialog, but I wanted so much more.

 

Also, if you love a bad math joke, this is the romance short story for you.