What I'm Reading Wednesday

I finally got through that giant pile of books and have moved on to the next giant pile of books.  What, you think I'd change?

First up is I Am Providence by Nick Mamatas.  This is hilarious and slightly sinister.  Think Bimbos of the Death Sun meets Lovecraft.

The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz.  I'll be straight with you: I probably won't finish this.  Is it creepy?  Yes.  Gross?  Oh, yes.  It's also completely ridiculous and has a boy with a "Native American nickname."  Noooooo.

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel.  The Ivy duology made quite a splash when it came out last year, and I've been meaning to pick it up.  If it's anything as twisted and messed up as The Roanoke Girls, I will be pleased.  Wow.

When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore.  This is a book I shall need to carve out a block of time for and just read.  It's so lyrical--I don't want to miss any of it.  Something about it recalls The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.

Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee.  Westerns are really coming back, aren't they?

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter.  So far, this is lyrical and wonderfully weird.  Excellent.


  1. Bimbos of the Death Dun Meets Lovecraft? What, a bunch of weird creatures invade a science fiction convention and eat the irritating guest of honour? ;-)

    1. Actually, kind of? He's an irritating author ... I was trying to explain the book to a coworker who has read neither Bimbos nor Lovecraft and she seemed concerned.

  2. On the remote chance you haven't read Charles Stross's Laundry novels, I do recommend them. Lovecraft type creatures are trying to invade our world and our only protection is a branch of the British Civil Srvice known as the Laundry. Very funny, even when it's grim...

    I have a battered copy of Bimbos I bought secondhand, and have read another McCrumb mystery centred around SF fans, only this time it's a unch of writers who buried their stories in a time capsule. Twenty years later, they're back to dig it up before the valley is flooded and the only one of them who ever made it as a writer is now suffering dementia - and witnessed a murder...

    1. Yes, I've read the first three Laundry Files books! I'm so behind on them, though. They're hilarious.

    2. I loved the Jesus Phone, with apps that Apple never added to it! And just read the blurb of I Am Providence and you're right! It really IS Bimbos Of The Death Sun! Okay, off to iBooks to acquire a copy.


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