First Line Friday — Space, Egypt and New York…

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I have three buddy reads planned for June.

The Left Hand of Darkness
by Ursula K. Le Guin

I’LL MAKE MY REPORT AS IF I TOLD A STORY, FOR I WAS taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of the imagination.

First line

I started this four days ago and have managed the first three chapters, which brought me to page 53. It’s not doing much for me so far. I spent yesterday reading fanfiction rather than continuing this.

The writing is good, but the style is not engaging me. It‘s probably also not quite what I was expecting. I read the blurb and thought „genderless society, lots of commentary and exploration about their personal interactions and divergence compared to our society“, but so far I only met guys talking politics. And the main character, who I thought was an ambassador, comes across as someone mostly not really interested in what is going on. Odd.

Ok, maybe I should have expected something slow and not obvious, considering that this was first published in 1969. So far this reminds me of Foreigner, which was also a book of only middling success for me. I will read something else and then return to this later this month.

Next up, I guess, is this:

One Last Stop (Kindle Edition)
by Casey McQuiston

SEEKING YOUNG SINGLE ROOMMATE FOR 3BR APARTMENT UPSTAIRS, 6TH FLOOR. $700/MO. MUST BE QUEER & TRANS FRIENDLY. MUST NOT BE AFRAID OF FIRE OR DOGS. NO LIBRAS, WE ALREADY HAVE ONE. CALL NIKO.

Header above chapter 1

I just read the first two pages and this sounds like a much better read for my long weekend, sitting on my balcony with a cold glass of white wine… it also fits well into this LGBTQ+ and Pride Month.

Last but not least I will read:

A Master of Djinn (Dead Djinn, #1)
by P. Djèlí Clark

Fatma blinked at the tirade. Of all the djinn these two had to go and wake up, it had to be a bigot.

From the teaser posted at the beginning

Oh, this will be fun! I just had a peek at the first page and then had to forcibly remove myself from the book a page or two later, to finish this post. Promising! And not looking good for Ursula Le Guin…

8 thoughts on “First Line Friday — Space, Egypt and New York…

  1. I am so looking forward to A Master of Djinn! I’ve seen a lot about One Last Stop floating around lately, too, and if I was in the mood for something in the contemporary romance genre I think that would be a great fit. I’ll have to keep it in mind for later.

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  2. I’m thinking that Djinn will be the standout from this lot *cross fingers*. But I’m sorry Left Hand of Darkness isn’t proving all that great. I’ve seen it in so many Must-Read Top 100 SciFi Books lists, but I’m guessing it might be old school/ rather dated now. I really need to relook at fanfiction, I stopped a long time ago after Harry Potter.

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  3. “A master of Djinn” looks good. I didn’t finish “The Left Hand of Darkness”. I’m not sure why, I just couldn’t get on with it, even though I loved the Earthsea Quintet, especially “Tehanu”.

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