14. Forest of Memory – Mary Robinette Kowal
“What is dead may never die” is not a line from this book but it does sum up dealing in nostalgia for me. In this novella, the reader is presented with the unedited (she’s typing it using a typewriter, which I do wish I had the finger strength to use myself – can’t hit those keys right at the same speed I can on a computer, damn it) perspective of Katya, who deals in “authenticities,” i.e. objects from the past that people in this version of the future collect, when her AI goes down and she’s left with nothing but reality and what’s right in front of her in the wilderness. And also some guy doing a mysterious job that she cannot research using her AI. Ha. Trapped. This was an odd story, and many of the concepts in it could benefit from further exploration because it did end rather abruptly with many unanswered questions. My main takeaway was one of recognizing my mortality again. I like things, I’m isolated, in this future someone is totally going to loot my living space and make a lot of money I will never have. Whee! Future!
Peregrine says you should get some objects for people to steal in the future with her on them from this store, which is only online and not a brick and mortar place, but deals in nostalgia nonetheless: Choose wisely.
9. Frostbite – David Wellington
Wellington seems to specialize in adding freshness to a variety of monster tales. In the werewolf sector, he’s added a couple of interesting things – that lycanthropy is actually an ancient curse that turns humans into extinct dire wolves (which would make the film version easier to make), that Dzo guy – but overall this was a very fast read that didn’t entirely stick with me. Cheyenne was not a narrator that rang entirely true to me and I do think that sometimes male authors have a bit of a problem once they’re writing from the inside of a female head, it’s a matter of seeing the hand of the author in the writing more so than the actions of a character. Really, a lot of authors have trouble writing outside their gender. And one thing that did stand out was the amount of time Cheyenne spent looking for either food or clothing. I guess that works if you change into a wolf every single time the moon comes up, but there’s something to be said for glossing over the mundane details.
Pansy werewolves, finding food is easy. I found a cucumber on top of this pillow. – Twiglet
12. Fade – Robert Cormier
Robert Cormier is a master of the young adult genre. He does not hold back and try to make things palatable and I really wish that it was easier to get today’s youth to read classic YA like Cormier; his work is excellent for youthful boys who think that only girls read. It’s twisted (this book particularly), it confronts angst and bleak feelings and situations that are very relevant to any young person growing up. Especially ones with tumultuous feelings. Everything is not happy all the time. And it can’t rain all the time. Ha.
Fade is as dark and mysterious and has as angsty a main character as the other Cormier works that I’ve read, but it also has some strange turns. It’s set in 1930s Massachusetts and the majority of the story revolves around this kid named Paul. In each generation of Paul’s family one person is born with the strength and skill to hunt the vampires…wait, no, they fade. Paul is warned about the dangers of fading by his uncle and in turn winds up warning his nephew Ozzie about the fade. Paul also ends up writing a memoir which ends up in the hands of his distant cousin. The book covers three different generations of the family and gets to be a bit too long to be fair, perhaps Cormier could have taken out the random incest.
Random incest, you say? Ozymandias and Danger Crumples never had a chance to hit on their aunts, sisters, or daughters, like some guinea pigs I know…or the Lannisters. Sigh.
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