Thus, as is my standard usage of my blog space at or near the beginning of the month, I present the listing of my January, 2019 reads.
Books Read in January, 2019
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
The Living Land by Ross Watson (RPG)
The Living Land GM Screen by Various (RPG)
Legion of Super-Heroes Comics (r)
Color by Victoria Finlay
Scion of the Fox by S.M. Belko
January/February, 2019 Reader’s Digest
December, 2018 Locus
Central Station by Lavie Tidhar
And that was the start of my reading for 2019. I have to say that this was my slowest month of book reading ever since I started blogging my book reads up to both LiveJournal and WordPress, and an extremely poor showing for any January of reading. In large part this was due to the fact that I was feeling seriously under the weather for most of January and book reading was giving me headaches and vertigo, but also because I read a good chunk of old Legion of Super-Heroes comics during the first two or so weeks of the month. Hopefully, this won't be a trend for 2019, as my book shelves are stacked with a pretty large To Read Queue (TRQ). The books I enjoyed the most were:
Central Station by Lavie Tidhar - Another work by transplanted to England Israeli author Lavie Tidhar, Central Station is not a novel, but a collection of intertwined short stories, stitched together to form a sort of mosaic novel about the residents of the titular far-future Tel Aviv spaceport. The story follows a group of loosely connected characters in a heck of a good setting (more on that in a moment). We have a robot priest, a cyborg family matriarch, a prodigal son returning with a Martian parasite, post-Singularity AIs called Others, a data vampire, a cyborg super soldier falling in love and children who may or may not be in the process of transcendence. Add to that the setting of the story, the lovingly detailed Central Station spaceport, as well as the background elements of a settled solar system and a virtual fabric of reality where things done in immersive MMO based worlds can be legitimate jobs, and well... Truly fabulous. Of note is that the author pays homage to pretty much every Golden Age/Pulp era science fiction writer, but the tone is mostly that of Clifford Simak, especially his novel City. This book is really a unique experience that should not be missed. Highly recommended.
None of the other books that I read in January, 2019 really left an impression on me, other than Color by Victoria Finlay, though I have to say that I really enjoyed the nostalgic warmth brought back to me by re-reading the classic Legion Of Super-Heroes comics of the late mid-1960s. Part of how I'm feeling about this may well be due to the fact that I was running a fever during parts of January, too...
Overall, I managed to read 4 novels, 2 RPGs and RPG products, 2 magazines, 45 comics, and 0 graphic novels in January. Since this is the start of the year, it brings the year total in 2019 to a set of numbers that look like this: 4 books, 2 RPGs and RPG products, 2 magazines, 45 comics, and 0 graphic novels.
Anyway, thoughts and comments are always welcome. :)