books! also, a story
Also, I've been reading books but failing to blog about them. So here's the adult SFF I've read so far this year:
The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan
Both a magic-realist exploration of a schizophrenic's worldview, and a fascinating meta-analysis on the topic of artistic communication. Despite the lyrical first-person prose, this is an intense read--not for the mentally exhausted reader. (But then, few truly brilliant pieces of literature are.) Highly recommended, but come prepared with you college-lit-class brain.
Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
Secondary-world fantasy based on Central Asia! I love all the cultural nuances, especially the details the characters notice about each other. And while Bear's always been an attentive prose stylist, this book proves she continues to mature in that department--really gorgeous writing. Now I have to resist the urge to buy book two until I'm done with my Nebula reading.
Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal
The sequel to Shades of Milk and Honey, this book departs somewhat from the Jane-Austen-homage style of its predecessor. While Kowal's prose stays impeccably true to Regency English, her protagonist must now face gender issues, marital conflict, cross-cultural differences, and the political ramifications of magic. Very enjoyable and thematically substantive.