May Books

Two already-published books this month, which is up from zero last month. Actually, with everything else that I was reading for work, it just took me quite a while to get through this one:

Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, edited by Ekaterina Sedia: I had an advance copy and have been “sneaking” a short story here and there between manuscripts. I really enjoyed this anthology, particularly revisiting Jay Lake’s City Imperishable in “Promises” and Hal Duncan’s “The Tower of Maddening Bones.” Having now seen Hal read at various conventions, I can actually hear his accent in the prose and imagine his flamboyant delivery in the periphery of my mind’s eye. I also found the imagery in “The One that Got Away” by Mark Teppo evocative and the character study presented in Jen Reese’s “Taser” was also intriguing. My thanks to Kathy for introducing me to these two writers, whom I don’t believe I’ve read before. Michael also reviewed this book in April when it was released.

The other book I read this month was Repossessed by A. M. Jenkins. This is part of my ongoing project to read current YA fiction for a conference panel I’m on this summer, and it was a gift from the editor. It’s essentially about a demon from hell that possesses a 17-year-old boy, and the demon’s intention to experience being human. I’d definitely call it a “boy book” and there were some narrative choices that didn’t quite work for me, such as the narrator’s first person voice that constantly referred to the boy’s family, friends, things, etc. as things outside himself, which left me feeling a bit distant and uninvolved. It did win an award from the ALA, though, so it’s definitely worth the read, and it was a nice change from all the “girl books” I read earlier this year.

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