This year has not seen a marked improvement in the quality or quantity of my writing on this blog. I had kinda hoped I'd be writing more, but didn't really commit to any metric. But there was at least one goal that I seem to have succeeded in: reading more. Not much more, and not impressively so, but still: more.
I've averaged almost a book a month, all science-fiction*. I wanted to get back in the habit of reading for fun and leisure. I'd say it's been a success. Here's a quick list:
- Neal Stephenson "The Diamond Age"
- Ursula Leguin "The Dispossessed"
- Ursula Leguin "The Left Hand of Darkness"
- Marge Piercy "Woman on the Edge of Time"
- Margeret Atwood "Oryx and Crake"
- William Gibson "Count Zero"
- Neal Gaiman "American Gods"
- Cixin Liu "The Three-Body Problem"
- William Gibson "Mona Lisa Overdrive"
Definiteley feeling the cyberpunk and anarchist/feminist speculative fiction genres. I suppose it makes sense: we are living in crazy times; why wouldn't I turn to narratives of grit and subversion.
It's worth noting that most of these are classics. I suppose I've been avoiding contemporary writing, thinking there's no way they can compare. Well I was definitely wrong about that -- "The Three-body Problem" is hard sci-fi of epic proportion, masterfully written and translated. Can't wait to continue with the next two in the series.
* Alright, I suppose "American Gods" can't qualify as science-fiction. Fantasy, I suppose?