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I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.   

Currently reading

Apex Magazine Issue 99
Allison Mills, Rebecca Roanhorse, Pamela Rentz, Mari Kurisato, Raymond Sturgis, Jason Sizemore, Daniel Heath Justice
Extracurricular Activities: A Tor.com Original
Yoon Ha Lee
Progress: 38/38pages
River of Teeth
Sarah Gailey
Progress: 113/113pages
Provenance
Ann Leckie
Progress: 148/432pages
Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Seanan McGuire
Progress: 176/176pages
The Black Tides of Heaven
JY Yang
Progress: 132/150pages
Raven Stratagem
Yoon Ha Lee
Progress: 400/400pages
Discount Armageddon
Seanan McGuire
Progress: 20/312pages
Transformers Robots in Disguise: Where Crown City Comes to Life
Caroline Rowlands
Progress: 3/32pages
Avengers: Absolute Vision - Book Two (Avengers (1963-1996))
Brian Garvey, Jimmy Akin, Roger Stern, Steve Ditko, Carmine Infantino, Al Milgrom, Prentice Hall
Progress: 98/360pages

Loving Shawl's work, and question about Ken Liu?

Everfair - Nisi Shawl The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories - Ken Liu The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty) - Ken Liu The Wall of Storms (The Dandelion Dynasty) - Ken Liu Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi The Legends of Luke Skywalker (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: the Last Jedi) - Ken Liu, J.V. Jones

So I'm loving Shawl's Everfair.   It's a steampunk alternate history of Belgium's colonization of the Congo, and it's a period I know nothing about.   It's also written by an African American women, which is nice: last year Readercon had a woman guest of honor and an African American woman who was a guest of honor. 

 

This year, it's an African American woman and an American man of Chinese descent.   (Liu was born in China, in fact, and immigrated at age eleven.)

 

I bring this up because it's nice to see diversity: Readercon has been fairly committed to diversifying it's guest and panelist pool, and so far I think these guests have been living up to that.   (I've also met a diverse mix of authors in general, although I think we always have to keep vigilant and work at keeping that diversity.   But it's nice to see it working a bit.)

 

Anyway, I've been staying away from most of Liu's stuff, because I feel like he's most well known for longer fantasies, which I'm usually not a fan of.   Novik's stuff worked for me because of the wit and the fair amount of action.   

 

So... have you read Liu?   Liked it?   And should I start with his Skywalker/Star Wars young adult collection?   But, then again, I never liked Luke all that much, so I've been hesitating. 

 

Anyone who's read him and has an opinion?   I'd love to hear it.   Or on Shawl's work, but I feel like she might be less well known.   (And I'll probably continue to love Everfair, but, yeah, I'd like to hear from you guys!)