Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: Adult Alternate History/Future (Speculative Fiction)
Year Release: February 4, 2020
Source: The Publisher, Tor.com
|Received an ARC from the publisher, Tor.com
The Wild West seems to be a having a very small moment. If you enjoyed Gailey’s first novella, River of Teeth, Upright Women Wanted will tickle those cowboy needs, albeit with fewer swamps and hippos.
The femmes in this novel are all so complex. Queer librarians actually spying for the resistance on horseback? A tough cinnamon roll who followed all the rules only to run away from there? A non-binary who code-switches when going into towns to protect the mission at large? Casual polyamory? Betrayals? This novel has so many trappings of a great desert adventure on horseback and so much more. The world-building is great and gives context to the work these librarians do without actually having to spell it out for the reader. In addition, it doesn’t flinch away from the mundane nastiness of life on the road, and I found that magical.
It bears repeating: if you liked Gailey’s first two novellas, you’re going to be enamored with this one.
Here are my intended reads for February.
Conspiracy of Ravens (The Shadow #2) by Lila Bowen (Library Borrow)
- The Fortress by S.A. Jones (ARC)
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey (ARC)
Finna by Nino Cipri (ARC)
- Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst (ARC)
- Flotsam (Peridot Shift #1) by R.J. Theodore
Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal (ARC)
Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold (ARC)
- Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith
- The Ruin of Kings (A Chorus of Dragons #1) by Jenn Lyons
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
- We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Plus two books I offered to beta read. Wow, this month is busy.
I read 118 books this year, mostly thanks to an aggressive ARC schedule and audiobooks. The list here are 19 books which I read this year that I loved, but weren’t necessarily published in 2019.
I guess I did all the reading due to all the flying I did this month. It’s been a wide swath of genres. As we near the halfway point of the year, the reads have been on point. Continue reading
September was a weird month again. Finished a writing project, fully settled into my apartment, and started classes for the last time. The reads this month were some catch-up reads, but also a few anticipated books.