Currently Reading / 20 Books of Summer
Yes, I did go to the library this week and, yes, I did update my 20 Books of Summer list.
- The Age of Lovecraft, edited by Carl H. Sederholm & Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock – Library book, found while browsing the shelves. Since I’d been reading Lovecraft on the bus, I figured this was appropriate.
- The Monk by Matthew Lewis – This book is a slow roller-coaster.
Short Story Round-Up
“I Think I’m Paranoid” by Angela Sylvaine – A twisty-turny mystery tale about artificial intelligence and the irony of nature vs. nurture vs. system error.
Deal Me In, Wk 22: 2♠️
Deuces are wild! I picked “As Though I Were A Little Sun” by Grace Chan, the Aurealis Award winner for Best Science Fiction Story. If you were a tree, what tree would you be?
“I Know Thy Works” by Tara Isabella Burton – I continue to find dinner party stories fascinating. This SF story posits a world in which an app can measure your devotion to a stated ethos (and of course share it), which makes me wonder what my stated ethos would be.
“The Shadow Out of Time” by H. P. Lovecraft – I’ve owned an anthology of H. P. Lovecraft stories for a good long while. I’ve dipped in and out of it over the years, but decided to add the unread stories to this year’s Deal Me In challenge. Well, all of the stories aside from the 50 page novella, “The Shadow Out of Time.” But now that I’ve read it, I can mark The Best of H. P. Lovecraft off my shelves at the end of Deal Me In. In the past, I’ve complained that Lovecraft doesn’t describe things, but I just hadn’t read “The Shadow Out of Time.” I’m not sure it’s better, but I can definitely see in influence of Lovecraft in D&D adventure descriptions.