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2024 Reading List

January

︎Provenance Ann Leckie
︎The Empire of Gold S. A. Chakraborty
The Deluge Stephen Markley (2/5) - terrible book to read while writing a thesis on modern glaciers; resented how he portrays the life of scientists; the desperation and movements feel relatively fully realized, but odd how little of the rest of the world plays into the book. i wouldn’t read it again, or necessarily recommend it. but a useful work of climate fiction.

February

︎Translation State Ann Leckie
︎Ancillary Mercy Ann Leckie
American War Omar El Akkad (3.5/5) - while the future itself feels unlikely, the characters and focus is brutal and thorough, chilling and fully humanized
 
March
Martyr! Kaveh Akbar (2/5) - sort of a quintissential first novel, some gorgeous language, a few thouroughly realized characters, but stilted in its portrayal of parenthood, and many times the characterization felt awkward through a sort of arbitrary addition of traits, stated but never played out, or added to make the character seem more interesting. kind of a predictable plot. loved the last chapter, and want to know when in the process it was written.
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin (4/5) - second or third time reading, that, along with moving to the Netherlands as an immigrant and watching Shogun, make for an incredible reflection on identity, alienation, assimilation, language and translation, love, and culture