December Wrap-Up (2018)

And here’s my December post! Most of what I read came from the library!
I hope everyone had a nice month and end of the year 🙂

1) I, The Constable (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), by Paula M. Block, Terry J. Erdmann 
I loved following Odo, but might have prefered if he was the only POV. The Ferengi are not my favourite so this dampened my enthusiasm for this nice Odo centric novel a bit but still enjoyed myself. 

2) Frankenstein à Bagdad, by Ahmed Saadawi
Great novel that used the Frankenstein myth very well.

3) My Sister, the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Short efficient book. The relationship between the sisters was interesting to follow, filled with resentment and duty but also caring.
(I was a bit disturbed at the description of a young woman as being “yellow coloured” and “banana coloured”, not sure I understand what this is refering to but if that’s because she’s an asian woman  this is really problematic)
content warning: child abuse, physical abuse, murder

4) A Hidden Hope (Romancing the Page #1), by Laura Ambrose
I liked the setting at a sff convention and the main characters are really cute but it’s not really an “enemy to lover” romance. A nice novella but there was something missing for it to really hit the mark.

5) Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch
Cool story that really became interesting in the last quarter. 

6) La Parabole du semeur (Earthseed #1) by Octavia E. Butler, Philippe Rouard (Translator) 
Powerful book, I think I liked the second half more. It took me a while to finish it because reading this during the holiday was a bit depressing, but Butler still managed to fill this grim future with hope and a wise compassionate main character.
content warning: rape, paedophilia, suicide, murder, torture, acephobia 

7) Swordheart, by T. Kingfisher 
While this was a very funny (sometimes maybe trying too hard?) romance fantasy novel which I might have rated a solid 4, it was very much acephobic so… meh. Great review by Sarah here.

8) Gotham Central Tome 1, by Ed Brubaker
Vraiment bon, hâte de lire la suite.
avertissement de contenu : mention d’un viol, coming out forcé

9) The Future of Work: Compulsory (The Murderbot Diaries 0.5), by Martha Wells
Prequel short story to the Murderbot Diaries novella series, and just as good! 

10) If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again, by Zen Cho
Loved this novelette, about wanting, trying, small things and love. 

11) Regarde les lumières mon amour, by Annie Ernaux
Annie Ernaux et mon coup de cœur littéraire de la licence de Lettres et une camarade m’a prêté un de ces livres, sur l’évolution des supermarchés. Ecrit sous forme de journal sur un an, son ressenti, ses rencontres, ses analyses sociologiques, Ernaux a vraiment un regard singulier très agréable à lire.

12) Somaland, by Eric Chauvier
Encore un livre pour les cours que j’ai vraiment bien apprécié.

13) Uncanny X-Force, Tome 1 : La Solution Apocalypse, by Rick Remender, Jerome Opeña, Esad Ribic
14) Uncanny X-Force, Tome 2 : La saga de l’Ange Noir, by Rick Remender, Mark Brooks, Jerome Opeña
15) Uncanny X-Force, Tome 3 : Outremonde, by Rick Remender, Greg Tocchini, Phil Noto

16) All New X-Men, Tome 6: Un de moins, by Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen, Sara Pichelli
Donc apparemment j’aurais dû lire Le Procès de Jean Grey avant ça. Les styles artistiques se succèdent rapidement à l’intérieur, sympathique mais sans plus.

17) Be Prepared, by Vera Brosgol
About a young Russian girl trying to fit in and make friends in America, insisting to go to camp but things don’t go as planned. Really painful to read at times with all the bullying and the main character’s distress, as well as when she turns bully herself. Great art and nice ending (maybe a volume 2?) thankfully, plus learning this is actually some kind of memoir was a surprise for me at the end.

18) Les Elémentaires (Nils #1), by Jérôme Hamon, Antoine Carrion
Superbe couverture qui montre bien la beauté que l’on va trouver à l’intérieur. Plutôt court mais donne très envie de lire la suite.

19) Superman/Wonder Woman, Tome 2 : Très chère vengeance, by Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke, Ed Benes
20) Superman/Wonder Woman, Tome 3 : Révélations, by Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke
Pas vraiment la suite du 1 qui apparemment se trouve dans Superman Doomed que ma médiathèque n’a pas, deux volumes sympa mais sans plus.

21) Book Love, by Debbie Tung
Finished the year with a bang by writing a review as soon as I finished reading this eARC!

22) AI and the Trolley Problem, by Pat Cadigan
Just needed a perfect little short story about artificial intelligence to end the year on a high note

Happy New Year everyone !! ❤

2 thoughts on “December Wrap-Up (2018)

  1. I’m so glad we were able to talk to My Sister, the Serial Killer. I finally asked Sana about it, and she agrees that it’s just a racist phrase and doesn’t have some other meaning we’re not aware of.

    I’m going to look up If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again and AI and the Trolley Problem!


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