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Fiction and Excerpts [15]

Jo Walton’s Reading List: April 2022

It’s a short one this month because April was a great month, spent entirely in Chicago working on the Papal Election of 1492, except for Easter weekend when I went to Minicon in Minneapolis, which was wonderful. I’ve been very busy revising character sheets and writing letters to cardinals and kings in character, and I have only read eight books, and here they are.

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Revisiting Long Book Series

I’m re-reading C.J. Cherryh’s Atevi books—there are nine of them, and another three promised, which makes them one of the longer SF series around. [Editor’s note: this article was originally published in 2008; as of 2022, there are 21 Atevi novels and 2 short stories.] I was thinking, as I made my way through book 2, Invader, that there are some things about a long series, any long series, that are quite different from an individual novel, perhaps in the same way an individual novel is different from a short story.

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Jo Walton’s Reading List: February 2022

February is a short month, only twenty-eight days, and I read twenty-eight books because I was at home the whole time and barely went out—not so much because of the pandemic, though it is not yet over here, but because of disability issues. I did see some local friends, and this last weekend some friends came to visit from Ottawa which was great. But on the whole February was a month with a lot of pain and a lot of days when reading was all I can do. But that’s OK, because there are some wonderful books in the world and I managed to find some of them, and now I can recommend the gems and warn you off the duds.

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Jo Walton’s Reading List: January 2022

I was home all January, and locked down again, with a curfew, restaurants and gyms closed, and only allowed to see one person from outside the household. (Canada’s been a lot more worried about Omicron than the US.) Also it’s been really cold, though that is normal for Montreal in January. Anyway, I did get quite a bit of reading done, I read twenty-four typically assorted books this month.

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Jo Walton’s Reading List: December 2021

December started off in Chicago with friends, then taking the train to DC for Worldcon, and then I came home just in time for Christmas, Omicron, and the new lockdown in Quebec. So I’m starting 2022 just as I started 2021, but vaccinated, boosted, and fortified by travel and seeing friends. December started off excellent and then went downhill fast, but the days are getting longer now, our curfew is 10 pm (not 8 pm the way it was this time last year), and I’m trying to be positive. I also read fourteen very varied books.

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Jo Walton’s Reading List: October 2021

October was another month in Italy, so wonderful after being stuck at home for so long. I went to Assisi, Orvieto, Rimini, Florence and Rome on my own, then met up with my son and together we went to Naples, Ischia, Rome again, Venice, and back to Florence. I did a lot of great reading on slow trains, and in cafes where every time I looked up I saw beautiful things. I read seventeen books this month, and here they are.

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Jo Walton’s Reading List: August 2021

August was a terrific month! It started with being with friends in Chicago, then I flew to Rome where I met up with a friend and spent a couple of weeks travelling around: Florence, Bologna, Padua, Venice, Rome, Siena, Pisa. I caught trains, and saw lots of great art, and even caught a Vivaldi concert in Venice. I read nine books, and I’m adding in one that I read earlier but couldn’t count at the time for an August total of just ten.

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Jo Walton’s Reading List: July 2021

July was a great month that began with a restorative trip to Gaspésie with friends and ended with a trip to Chicago, where I still am. It’s so wonderful and amazing to be spending time with friends and having conversations, wow, I have been missing that desperately. I read sixteen books, some of them very long, but a mixed bunch like always, and some of them were really amazing.

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Jo Walton’s Reading List: June 2021

June was a much better month in which I got a second vaccination and things started easing up a bit. I even got out of the apartment sometimes, and I saw some friends in small numbers and out of doors, and at the end of the month I went to Gaspésie with friends for a few days, which was wonderful. I also read some great books! I read eighteen books altogether, in a range of genres, and here they are.

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Jo Walton’s Reading List: April and May 2021

I’m sorry I didn’t do a post for April. It’s totally my own fault: I forgot it was May. What even is time? Never could get the hang of Thursdays. By the time people poked me about it, it felt a bit late, and I thought I’d do a combo post for both months together. However, April was a very exciting and busy month, because I got a first vaccine shot, and also I was helping long distance with Ada Palmer’s class papal election, and then May was… well, the snow melted, and as from last Friday we no longer have a curfew, and I may get a second dose of vaccine this week, and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.

In April and May combined I read a total of 32 books, and some of them were unexpectedly wonderful.

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Jo Walton’s Reading List: February 2021

February was another locked down month with a curfew in Quebec, and I was at home going nowhere. It snowed a lot. I saw a total of three other human beings in the whole month. The prevailing mood of this pandemic for many of us is “other people have it worse, but this sure sucks.” I read a perfectly reasonable seventeen books, and many of them were really excellent, which is always cheering.

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