Bout of Books 12: Day 5 – Describe Book in Pictures

Chebk presents:

The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women Edited by Alex Dally MacFarlane

calvin and hobbes writing essay
Sofia Samatar’s “Girl Hours”
Darth Vader unicorn gif
Kristin Mandigma’s “Excerpt from a Letter by a Social-realist Aswang”
Ganesha optical illusion
Vandana Singh’s “Somadeva: A Sky River Sutra”
Lucy Sussex’s “The Queen of Erewhon”

How’s that for a book in pictures? I kind of cheated because mine is an anthology, but the content is all there!

I got further into the book thanks to a slow day at work (training today was more cold than anything). I guess I should explain the pictures a little bit.

  1. Sofia Samatar — Girl Hours: This was a story in poem form and I do not understand poems so the beauty and intricacies of the piece went way over my head.
  2. Kristin Mandigma — Excerpt from a Letter by a Social-realist Aswang: Talked overtly about the lack of Filipino presence in Sci-fi, which was great, but the format for me was a bit confusing. Another one that went over my head.
  3. Vandana Singh — Somadeva: A Sky River Sutra: Now, this one I understood. I really enjoyed the story once I got to the end, but the format was, understandably, a bit difficult to wade through. Once I did, I could follow it much easier and in such a small space, Singh was able to completely immerse me in a story within a story better than Inception: The Movie.
  4. Lucy Sussex — The Queen of Erewhon: Closest to my favorite so far. It was written in a way that cut back and forth to present and past, but in a much more action oriented fashion which suits my reading style better. It was about different cultures and breaking rules. I enjoyed the story, but got a little lost towards the end.

I’m reading quite a bit slower than normal. Mostly because a work environment is not conducive to reading, but also because a lot of the stories are more introspective, playing on some sort of thought process, which is not something I usually read. I know that it is truly a mammoth anthology and I look forward to getting through more of it and finding some real favorites and new favorite authors.

I hope to finish at least one, but I’m reaching towards finishing two books over the weekend! Wish me luck!

Is there a type of writing that you always seem to engage with? How about the opposite? Let us know in the comments below!


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