The Silver Metal Lover & Metallic Love by Tanith Lee

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The Silver Metal Lover focuses on Jane, a spoiled little rich girl with a domineering mother. Jane is lonely. She has friends but she doesn’t feel close to them. Her mother is her only family and they have a complicated relationship. She also lives in a house that floats above the city.

One day she meets Silver, the robot minstrel. She becomes obsessed with him. As the story progresses she has to decide if she is really in love with a robot and whether or not he can actually love her in return.

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I can’t say too much about Metallic Love or I will spoil The Silver Metal Lover. There is a different protagonist, Loren. She grows up in the opposite situation from Jane. She’s an orphan and lives in the slums. Her personality is also different. Loren is independent, sassy. Personally, Jane was easier for me to sympathize with but Loren’s perspective was more entertaining.

I recommend this duology to people who like thought-provoking romance and would like to add science fiction to their lives.

Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Wishlist

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and the Bookish. This week the topic is a reading wishlist. This topic is about what you want to see more of in books. But my mind doesn’t work like that. So I selected ten books that aren’t in my currently reading piles but I’d like to get to them soon (optimistically, by the end of this month).

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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

A bunch of people have been talking about this one since it came out. From what I understand, it sounds like magical realism. There is a couple fleeing a war-torn country through magical doors. They have to face living in new countries and growing and changing as individuals. But does that mean they grow apart?

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Marlena by Julie Buntin

This one has also been very talked of since it came out. But this one is about a toxic friendship and a murder mystery?

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The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

I wasn’t blown away by her Inheritance Trilogy but a bunch of people say that this one is amazing so I want to at least give it a try.

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Delirium’s Mistress by Tanith Lee

I just finished Delusion’s Master so I’m excited to get into this one.

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The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

This one came out this year, I think. This one is about two friends who are animators and that sounds interesting to me.

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The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

I just got this in my May Book of the Month Box. I picked this one because the gal who picked it said so many glowing things about the love triangle trope being flipped on its head. I want to see what this writer chooses to do.

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens and How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn

These are the classics I’d like to get to soon.

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Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

I’ve been more and more tempted to reread this because I’m not exactly sure how I feel about it.

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Moshi Moshi by Banana Yoshimoto

I haven’t read this one by her yet. I’m curious to see if I’ll like it. She is most famous for Kitchen but I actually like NP more.

Weekly Pieces: May 8th

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Last week I met a particular human, we spoke for three hours, and now I have a crush on him.

Dang it.

It was inevitable because he is both cute and nice.

Plus he loves to read.

I didn’t have a chance. I just didn’t.

But other than that…

I’ve started my Egypt research because a main character in another story is quite fascinated by Egyptian religion.

I’ve also been editing my 2nd draft. A lot of rewriting needs to be done. Writing the 3rd draft is going to be beastly.

My Easter candy is running out though. I have to make it last as long as possible. (It might last the week but most likely it will not.)

Thank you for reading, have a great week!

Inner Storm

Your inner storm

Called to me

The lightning inside you

Sent my heart racing

But then I broke

Too soft to ride out the pain

I left

To rebuild myself again

Suspicious Red Velvet Cake

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The death technically did not occur inside the Random Cafe.

A man collapsed as he reached for the door handle. He was unconscious before his head hit a strategically placed rock.

Across the street, a young man finished his cigarette, adjusted his coat, and meandered over to the dead man. The young man dragged the older man inside and added his blood to the not-yet-baked red velvet cake.

Rurouni Kenshin S 2 Thoughts Part 1

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This post covers my thoughts on Rurouni Kenshin Season 2 Episodes 1 through 8! *Spoilers*

Kenshin’s past catches up with him. He and Saito battle it out until Saito’s boss, the head of the Meiji government, interrupts them and reveals that Shishio is planning on taking over Japan. Okubo begs Kenshin to go to Kyoto to kill him.

Kenshin has to make a couple decisions. Does he go to Kyoto? If he does, should he break his vow not to kill?

Ultimately he does decide to go to Kyoto because heroes face the villains regardless of their doubts. But he doesn’t really know what he’s going to do about the hitokiri within him who tends to come out to play when he’s facing a strong opponent.

Kenshin and Saito’s battle was fantastically done. The sun goes down behind a cloud and they begin. It was dynamic, violent, and stunning.

The moment that stays with me though, long after I watched the episode, is the discussion/fight that happens between Kaoru and Megumi after Kenshin leaves and Kaoru falls into a depressed state. Megumi and Kaoru tend to be antagonistic towards each other because they have different personalities but they both love the same man. Megumi gets right in Kaoru’s face for staying behind and crying. When Kaoru criticizes her for staying behind, Megumi drops a powerful speech about how she expresses her love for Kenshin by “following the path of a doctor” regardless of whether or not he’s in Tokyo. She also adds that, no, she doesn’t know what it was like for Kaoru when Kenshin said goodbye but Kaoru doesn’t understand what it was like for her not to get a goodbye at all. All of this serves to galvanize Kaoru into action. Megumi is my favorite female character from the season one ensemble. I may not appreciate her personality as much but I love how strong her beliefs are and how confident she is. She calls it how she sees it.

Misao is my favorite female in season two. Her introduction episodes make me giggle like a maniac every time. I love how stubborn she is. When she finds out that Kenshin knows Aoshi, she refuses to let him get away.

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

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I’ll try not to spoil anything for the first book, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet but proceed with caution if you haven’t read that one yet.

Sidra is an AI programmed to handle running a space vessel and taking care of a crew but she’s been put into a mechanical body that passes for human. This is illegal.

Jane is a young girl working in a factory with multiple other girls who are named in batches and all of them are closely supervised by robots.

Sidra’s narrative is happening in the present and Jane’s narrative is set well before the present.

The Wayfarer isn’t part of either narrative. The two characters being focused on appeared in The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet but weren’t main characters.

I did like Jane’s narrative more because Sidra spends a lot of time adjusting to being in a body and not liking it. I didn’t feel like that narrative took off until the third part of the book. Jane’s narrative is about how she lives in the factory and then what she does after an accident occurs and a hole is blown through one of the walls. That story felt a lot more dynamic and compelling.

I will admit, I cried twice and I was shocked that I had that reaction but I did because I did get very attached to these characters and their relationships meant a lot to me.

But I did miss the crew of the Wayfarer.

I do recommend this book if you’ve read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet┬ábecause there is a lot of heart and humor to be found here but don’t expect it to be a continuation of the Wayfarer’s journey.

Biting the Sun by Tanith Lee

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Biting the Sun is set in the future. Most of the land is an inhospitable desert except for a few cities carefully maintained, mostly, by robots. The heroine of this tale is living like a regular teenager. She’s dying to change bodies, has a robot pet that falls on her at regular intervals, gets married by the hour to have sex in floating bubbles… that sort of thing. But she isn’t really satisfied with that existence and she tries a bunch of new things seeking a purpose in life. Unfortunately, she spectacularly fails each time.

This book discusses the concepts of gender and love, even the nature of the human soul. Everything is so crazy in this futuristic world and yet it was easy for me to connect with the main character because she’s trying to figure things out and there isn’t an easy answer. It gave me a lot to think about and there were times when I wanted to cry but it also made me laugh out loud.

I highly recommend this for fans of sci-fi (or if you want to add more sci-fi to your life that isn’t dystopian). This book makes you think, as good sci-fi should, but it’s also entertaining and tends more to the positive side of human existence (without ignoring the bad).

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Tanith Lee Book Covers

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The Tanith Lee fun begins with this Top Ten Tuesday (created by the Broke and the Bookish) theme: cover freebie!

First, I love the covers by Kinuko Craft. They immediately make me think of fairy tales and epic stories.

Then I love these covers for the individual books of the Secret Books of Paradys series. They are creepy and sexy, just like the books.

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And this is one of the new covers for the new editions of this series. It kinda freaks me out, to be honest, but I do like this Impressionist-inspired style.

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This cover is super pretty and I just bought this book today… Yay!

Weekly Pieces: May Plans!

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May is kind of a special month…

I’ll be doing multiple posts about Tanith Lee because she’s my favorite author and May is the anniversary of her death and writing posts about her books makes me feel better. She wrote over 90 novels and 200 short stories. I’ve read a significant chunk of them at this point but luckily I haven’t read them all. And some of her less recent work is being republished which is very helpful.

My Retro Reread for May is The Gods Are Thirsty by Tanith Lee. One of my top ten historical fiction books of all time, it is set during the French Revolution.

I’ll be editing my second draft and working on other projects I’ve thought of.

It is also the two year anniversary of my blog!

Thank you for joining me so far!