10/30/14

Bookish Games To Play at a Bookstore Sleepover

https://c1.staticflickr.com/7/6207/6094294179_b40d9bd41d_z.jpgSo you’ve heard about this bookstore in Japan that’s offering a sleepover opportunity? That’s right- six people will be allowed to sleep in the store on November 1, satisfying their dreams of cozying up to some fabulous volumes.

Are you surprised, then, that we at the Riot decided to come up with some bookish sleepover games?!

Think back to the sleepovers you’ve hosted/attended (if you did so). What kinds of games did you play? And don’t tell me “board games.” Pin the tail on the donkey? Hide and Seek? Scavenger Hunt? (Me? I just kept my friends up all night by talking to them and getting their help in raiding the cupboards and the candy drawer ohhh yeaahhh good times.)

I asked m’colleagues what kinds of bookish games they would play/have played, and together we came up with the following:

Review: The Apex Book of World SF 3 ed. by Lavie Tidhar


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Apex Book of World SF 3 (2014) ed. by Lavie Tidhar

I've been learning more about international science fiction lately, and so I was very excited to get my paws on a copy of World SF 3. Tidhar has brought together some of the best contemporary writers of scifi and speculative fiction here, with some stories originally written in English and others translated from Chinese, German, French, Spanish, and Swedish.

From self-aware androids who embrace religion, to authoritarian regimes that restrict thought and speech by means of the internet, these stories show us the breadth and depth of speculative writing across the world, and how we share many common concerns about technology, identity, and family.

10/20/14

Native American Nonfiction to Read (Because Boo Columbus Day)

https://memphisroom.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/three_young_native_american_men.jpgColumbus Day was the 13th, in case you were wondering why the bank and post-office were randomly closed. (Why do we celebrate Columbus Day? Good question).

When Columbus and other European adventurers first set foot in the Americas, they found not an empty wilderness (as some of us were taught in school), but a land inhabited by millions of people with diverse cultures and traditions. Over the past few decades, scholars of Native American history and writing have given us wonderful resources with which to understand how indigenous people interacted with one another and with the Europeans whom they encountered all those centuries ago.

I was fortunate enough to take a seminar on Native American culture during grad school, and the books we were assigned weren’t necessarily well-known or easily accessible. However, they each provided a fascinating perspective on native peoples and the violence and broken promises that characterized European expansion. Check these books out, and tell us about others in the comments.

Review: The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer

[This is an excerpt from my review on SF Signal 9/17/14. Read the entire review here.] 


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Haunting, mesmerizing, moving: these are just some of the words that come to mind when I think about Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance. Each novel is under 400 pages, and each packs into it so much psychological, emotional, philosophical, and ecological inquiry that you start to think that they must be huge, hulking volumes that should make your bookshelves cave in.

Now, you’ve probably seen a million reviews of this trilogy, and rightly so, for it deserves recognition and invites   fascinating discussions. Therefore, instead of recapping the story or outlining the plot, I’m going to focus on three major mysteries/questions/problems in these novels and why they’re so compelling.

The Best of Steampunk

Random Recommendation Guest Post: Megan Whalen Turner's THE QUEEN'S THIEF series

This recommendation comes from Lorena O'English. You can follow her on twitter @wsulorena.


http://meganwhalenturner.org/TheThiefAug05.jpgThe Queen's Thief series (1996-2010) by Megan Whalen Turner


These four YA fantasy novels, set in classical Greece, follow a man named Eugenides ("Gen"), who claims that he can steal anything. In each book, we learn more about his life, but from a variety of perspectives, including those of the king and queen of Attolia. See Turner's website for summaries of each book and links to reviews.


10/18/14

In Translation: World Science Fiction on my TBR Shelf

I'm trying to read more science fiction (in English translation) from around the world, and I'm simultaneously keeping an eye out for new releases while combing books and sites for older titles.  Here are some of the latter that I hope to read in the near future (and please add to the list in the comments!):



http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51FXrAJeA7L.jpg The Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem (Poland, 1965)


(recc'd by @redhead5318)










10/16/14

Call Me, Maybe: Modern Interpretations of Renaissance Poetry

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Lizzy says “wut up”
You remember how, in English class, you were told to dissect Renaissance poems (e.g. Shakespeare’s sonnets, Donne’s poems, etc.) word by word, letter by letter, and then close-analyze them and turn them inside out, in order to figure out their meaning(s)?

Yeah, well, that was then and this is now. It’s time for some real-life, relevant interpretations of these babies. So step aside, Critical Theorists; lemme show you how it’s done.




Review: War Stories: New Military Science Fiction, eds. Jaym Gates & Andrew Liptak


http://img2.imagesbn.com/p/9781937009267_p0_v1_s260x420.JPGWar Stories: New Military Science Fiction (2014), ed. by Jaym Gates & Andrew Liptak

"War Stories reveals the truth. War is what we are."

With this statement, War Stories launches us into a dizzying, kaleidoscopic universe in which we see combat and killing, and soldiers and civilians, in uncanny new ways. The twenty-three stories in this anthology imagine scenarios ranging from drone attacks in Syria to interplanetary conflicts involving technology that is years ahead of our time; and it is this juxtaposition of the near- and far-future that clarifies how much war changes while staying the same.

Grouped into four sections ("Wartime Systems," "Combat," "Armored Force," and "Aftermath"), these stories consider war from a variety of possible angles and points of view. There are clones and uploaded consciousnesses, PTSD sufferers and drone operators, mothers and lovers. Many of the authors focus on what the future holds for soldiers' bodies- how they'll react to biological "upgrades," high-tech prosthetics, brain implants, and even teleportation. Others consider the role of militarized suits, advanced drones, and virtual reality.

10/15/14

Books to Look For (October): Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Humor

Science Fiction

http://images.abovethetreeline.com/ea/TW/images/jacket_covers/original/9780316246651_975ec.JPG?width=1000Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie (Orbit, 400 pages, October 7)

Maybe you've heard something about a little book called Ancillary Justice and the fact that it recently won a TON of awards (including the Hugo and the Nebula). Well, Leckie's back with the latest installment in the Imperial Radch series, and this time, Breq is sent to protect the family of a man she murdered. It's complicated.