So, June was busy, and I read less. And I was less satisfied with what I read. In June I read:
The first was a mixed bag, as all collections of short stories from a regular publication are bound to be. Out of the 26 stories, a few stood out as really enjoyable:
- “As Good as New” by Charlie Jane Anders
- “The Color of Paradox” by A.M. Dellamonica
- “A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon a Star” by Kathleen Ann Goonan
- “Where the Trains Turn” by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
- “Reborn” by Ken Liu
- “The Mothers of Voorhisville” by Mary Rickert
I believe most of those are available online if you’re interested. My own interest in the collection is to see what’s being sold these days. I’m writing a little bit each day (just sold my first story at the end of June!), and I’m curious what a major market like Tor is publishing.
While I liked the stories I’ve listed, the story by Goonan has been sitting with me the most persistently. I’m still working through how I want to say this, but it seems to me that part of the general despair in today’s world is attributable (at least in a proximate sense) to humanity’s confusion at the emptiness of the universe.
Knots & Crosses is the first in a long series of detective novels by Rankin featuring John Rebus. He’s a big name in mystery, and so I got it on a one-day sale, and it was a quick, not particularly compelling read. I’m not sure if I’ll read more.
So, probably in response to what felt like a tepid selection in June, I picked up Don Quixote and downloaded some Shakespeare for July. This month looks to be even more busy than the last, and I’m not sure if I’ll finish Quixote, but I’ll probably get through at least one play by the Bard.