State of the Blog and Weekend Links: February 4, 2018

Well, the second week at the new job has turned out to be no more productive than the first one was, but I think things are getting better at last. I’ve been able to at least do a bit more reading this week–I finally finished Blood Binds the Pack, zoomed through Saga Vol. 8 and Kim & Kim Vol. 2: Love is a Battlefield, and I’m currently almost two-thirds of the way through Semiosis by Sue Burke. The good news of the week is that my partner has gotten a job offer that will let me cut back to part-time hours at my job, which should put me in a position to start achieving more of my goals for the blog in the coming months.

This coming week, I’ve got a light work schedule, but I’ve also got a lot of running around to do as it’s the final week or rehearsals and performances for my daughter’s first high school musical, so I’m not going to make any promises about what I’ll be up to here at SF Bluestocking, but it ought to be something. I’ve got several book reviews in the works, and with nominations opening up for this year’s Hugo Awards I’ll also be working hard to finally finish some belated Best of 2018 stuff. Still. I’m trying to be kind to myself by not putting too much pressure on myself to write ALL the things in a single week. We’ll see.

Nerds of a Feather has posted their long list recommendations for the Hugo Awards, and I will never stop being stoked about finding my name on there not once, but twice:

At The Millions, “The Utopias of Ursula K. LeGuin.”

Book Riot lists over 75 books Ursula K. LeGuin recommended.

Brooke Bolander was on Cooking the Books.

Skiffy & Fanty wrapped up their Month of Joy.

K.M. Alexander wrote about problematic faves.

Maria Dahvana Headley’s Beowulf-in-the-suburbs novel, The Mere Wife, has a cover.

So does State Tectonics, the third and last volume of Malka Older’s Centenal Cycle.

Mimi Mondal kicked off a blog series on the Short History of Asian Speculative Fiction for Tor.com.

At Lady Business, Ira has a great take on Jason from The Good Place.

Strange Horizons has a Trans/Nonbinary Special Issue available now.

There’s a new Yoon Ha Lee story at Beneath Ceaseless Skies: “The Starship and the Temple Cat.”

I loved Tobias S. Buckell’s “Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance” when I read it last year in Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-Away Galaxies, and I cannot recommend it enough now.

Also in Lightspeed this week, Cassandra Khaw’s “The Quiet Like a Homecoming”–also with an author spotlight.

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