What are you currently reading?A Letter of Mary
by Laurie R. King (#3 in the Mary Russell series)The Privilege of the Sword
by Ellen Kushner (Riverside #2), audiobook narrated by Ellen Kushner, Barbara Rosenblat, and othersLavinia
by Ursula K. Le GuinWhat did you recently finish reading?Lilith's Brood
, (aka Xenogenesis
), Octavia Butler. I loved this so much even though I was seriously creeped out by it. Alien aliens! Real biology! Ambivalence, adaptation, allies, bonding, captivity, coercion, communication, conflict, consent, enemies, family, freedom, gender, genetics, genocide, healing, hierarchy, identity, knowledge, needing, reproduction, resisting, sex, symbiosis, telepathy, tribe, wanting, war, xenophobia.
These essays are linked from the Wikipedia page; I posted them before but I thought they were worth posting again."Dialogic Origins and Alien Identities in Butler’s XENOGENESIS"
by Cathy PeppersOctavia Butler’s Xenogenesis Trilogy: A Biologist’s Response
by Joan SlonczewskiAugust Heat
by Andrea Camilleri (Montalbano #10). Audiobook. Montalbano is a Sicilian cop. Almost all the novels are about sex crimes, and I usually figure out the plot before the end, but I like them anyway. The translator and narrator are really good.What books did you acquire this week?The Wings of the Sphinx
by Andrea Camilleri (Montalbano #11)