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Saturdays in Books

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

Currently reading

The SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Masterpieces of Science Fiction from the Continent
Kathryn Morrow, James K. Morrow
Speculative Japan: Outstanding Tales of Japanese Science Fiction and Fantasy - Gene van Troyer, Grania Davis, Aritsune Toyota, Masami Fukushima, Mariko Ōhara, Yasutaka Tsutsui, Ryo Hanmura, Tetsu Yano, Shinji Kajio, Hiromi Kawakami, Gozo Yoshimasu, Takumi Shibano, Hisashi Asakura, David Brin, Sakyo Komatsu, Hirai Kazumasa, Tensei Kono, Taku Mayumura This collection is mostly from the 1970's and occasionally something feels dated, but only occasionally. While there are a few I failed to connect to at all, there are also several that I loved. I'm only going to take the time to write about the latter.

The Savage Mouth - A creepy and strong opening story for any foodie to enjoy.

I'll Get Rid of Your Discontent - A variation on a familiar tale that left me wanting to read more from the author.

Where do the Birds Fly Now? - This starts with the note, "The reader is encouraged to rearrange sections A through L as he or she sees fit." I am boring and decided that if any order is valid, so is the order they are already in.

Standing Woman - The sense of resignation present in several of the stories in this collection is probably best explored here. And I kind of want a dog pillar.

Cardboard Box - This is short and simple and probably appeals to me because of how well it intersects a nightmare I had years ago.

The Legend of the Paper Spaceship - This is so my kind of weird.