I read 8 books for this month.
I finished the last two books in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. It was pop cheese, but there was also a lot of emotional resonance with the wartime love that was a major subtext of the trilogy and a major plot point in the last book. On an ACU scale, the series was quite authentic and universal but not all that great on craft.
I continued with Alt-Hero, there’s a dozen or so planned in the initial crowdfunded set, so I’ll be reading at least that far with this alternate history comic book world.
I read an amazing book by Margaret Kennedy and it is a rare instance of reading without spoilers being absolutely appropriate. It is called The Feast and even reading the book jacket is not recommended, because for some weird reason the publishers spoiled the entire book there. It’s a tour de force. I look forward to continuing to read her work, she is a most astonishing and excellent writer who is unjustly consigned to dustbins even among people who like old books.
I also read four Kate Wilhelm books. She is known for her “clone wars” book Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, and I finally read that and a bunch of her short stories in various collections. She is a better writer than her husband Damon Knight, but that’s not high praise. She mostly writes deeply authentic character fiction about people in her area, but with sci-fi sprinkles. Her clone novel is full of 70s ideas, with all the bad that entails and little of the good.
So, 72 books down, 28 to go.