Sunday, June 7, 2015

May reading: Central Asia, poetry and short stories

My May reading is introduced to you by Green Cone! I read fewer books than usual for some reason...

  • Kat Howard “The Universe, Sung in Stars” (a beautiful science fiction short story)
  • Yoon Ha Lee “The Contemporary Foxwife” [USA, South Korea]  (Author's note: “A music student on a space station befriends a lost foxwife. I may have spilled a lot of hazy memories of Korea all over this one.” It was so *adorable* :3)
  • Соловей в клетке: антология женщин-писателей Центральной Азии - Nightingale in Cage: The anthology of Central-Asian women writers, In Russian and English [Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan] 
  • Kameron Hurley “The Corpse Archives” [USA] (a body horror / science fiction short story)
  • JY Yang “Tiger Baby” [Singapore] (another wonderful short story about a woman who... might be a tiger)
  • Santōka Taneda “Стихи и проза” [Japan] 

Nightingale in Cage was too literary to my taste but it was great to read stories from Central Asia! Now if only there was an anthology of Central Asian space opera or something...

Nightingale in Cage

Соловей в клетке

The Corpse Archives was so weird, in a good way. Nothing less could be expected from Kameron Hurley.

Santōka Taneda's diary was like Instagram: he documented his dinners (including how much rice or beans cost), weather, people he met, etc. :-) 

This tiny book consists of poems (I read them earlier) and the diary.

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