This is the third of the short stories written by Aliette de Bodard that I’ve read. It takes place in the same universe as The Tea Master and the Detective and Citadel of Weeping Pearls, but this time the action takes place on a space station. A magistrate named Linh arrives on the station, seeking refuge from a war that …
While set in the same universe, the feel of this story is different than The Tea Master and the Detective, more sentimental some how. At its core is another mystery, the disappearance of the Citadel of Weeping Pearls and the Empress’ daughter. But there’s also time travel and science and wonderful imagery.
Storm of Locusts is the sequel to the amazing Trail of Lightening by Rebecca Roanhorse. If anything, I think it’s better than the original, but that might be because I know the world and characters. It was a bit stressful in the middle, but has a thrilling conclusion.
Noumenon Infinity is the sequel to Noumenon, which I really enjoyed, and still think as one of the better space convoy novels. It’s both a continuation of that first story and a completely divergent story.
Usually I am delighted and besotted by a story, but I think this story is being caught in a dizzying and compelling spell that won’t let you go.
Anyway, The Gendered Brain takes a look (okay, an axe) to the belief that men and women’s brains are different. It looks at decades of scientific progress on the subject, poking holes in badly constructed studies and highlighting the social conditioning that happens as a person develops.
I keep mentioning the Read Harder Challenge, but need to remind myself of which ones I’ve read, so I’m going to list them all here. The rules allow you to tick off more than one criteria with one book, in case you wonder why books appear multiple times.