I’ve decided that, at least for the foreseeable future, I’m going to be participating in WWW Wednesdays, which is a meme hosted over at Taking On a World of Words. To take part, you just answer the three questions below, and link back to TOaWoW!
This is also where I include the occasional State of the Sia update, so: I actually had surgery yesterday! Which sounds far more dramatic than it actually was; it was a 30-minute outpatient surgery and I’ll be on antibiotics for about 10 days. Three days of sick-leave and I should be back to normal by next week. But if you’re wondering what’s slowed me down: that. I’ve been in (extra) pain for about a week and now I’m in recovery. I’m just not going to get much done this month, I guess.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?Son of the Storm (The Nameless Republic, #1) by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
Genres: Epic Fantasy, Secondary World Fantasy
Representation: Cast of colour
Published on: 13th May 2021
A young scholar's ambition threatens to reshape an empire determined to retain its might in this epic tale of violent conquest, buried histories, and forbidden magic.
In the thriving city of Bassa, Danso is a clever but disillusioned scholar who longs for a life beyond the rigid family and political obligations expected of the city’s elite. A way out presents itself when Lilong, a skin-changing warrior, shows up wounded in his barn. She comes from the Nameless Islands–which, according to Bassa lore, don’t exist–and neither should the mythical magic of ibor she wields. Now swept into a conspiracy far beyond his understanding, Danso will have to set out on a journey that reveals histories violently suppressed and magic only found in lore.
I got approved for an arc of this and I’m adoring it so far! I almost wish this had been Okungbowa’s debut, because his first book David Mogo, Godhunter didn’t get the love it deserved, and maybe it would have done better once Okungbowa was better established. By which I mean, Son of the Storm feels a lot more familiar than Godhunter did; it’s epic fantasy, just with a setting that’s not quasi-Medieval Europe, and I think white western readers are going to have an easier time with this than they did with Godhunter.
Anyway, I just started and it’s freaking brilliant so far!
WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?The Girl in the Green Silk Gown (Ghost Roads #2) by Seanan McGuire
The second book in the Ghost Roads series returns to the highways of America, where hitchhiking ghost Rose Marshall continues her battle with her killer--the immortal Bobby Cross.
For Rose Marshall, life began when it ended. She has friends, a home, and a purpose in the strange twilight where she spends her afterlife. Sure, she's an urban legend who didn't live to see her eighteenth birthday, but she's had time to adapt, and while things could be better, she's pretty happy with her lot in death.
At least until Bobby Cross--the man who killed her in the first place--plays his ultimate card in the hole, resulting in her untimely, unwanted resurrection. Suddenly breathing and worse, suddenly mortal, Rose must find a way to solve the riddle she never wanted to contend with: how does a living dead girl make it back to the ghostroads without actually dying?
Her quest will make allies out of enemies and enemies out of allies as she runs from the lands of the living to the lands of the dead, trying to find a way safely home...and safely back to her grave.
This was a re-read to get me ready for my arc of Angel of the Overpass, the third book in the Ghost Roads series. I love these books, for their wonderful eco-system of ghosts and their easy, addictive readability. This is what I was reading while waiting to go into surgery, and it was the perfect distraction: sucked me right in, even though I’ve read it before. *happy sigh* I can’t wait to jump to the next book!
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
Genres: Queer Protagonists
Representation: F/F or wlw, love interest of colour
Published on: 1st June 2021
For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don't exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can't imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there's certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures.
But then, there's this gorgeous girl on the train.
Jane. Dazzling, charming, mysterious, impossible Jane. Jane with her rough edges and swoopy hair and soft smile, showing up in a leather jacket to save August's day when she needed it most. August's subway crush becomes the best part of her day, but pretty soon, she discovers there's one big problem: Jane doesn't just look like an old school punk rocker. She's literally displaced in time from the 1970s, and August is going to have to use everything she tried to leave in her own past to help her. Maybe it's time to start believing in some things, after all.
I GOT APPROVED FOR AN ARC OF THIS TOO SO YEAH, I THINK THIS IS NEXT UP ON MY LIST. CAN YOU HEAR ME SHRIEKING FROM FINLAND??? I AM PURE JOY.
That’s it for now! What’s everyone else reading?