About two weeks ago, I started reading Samuel R. Delany’s Stars In My Pocket Like Grains Of Sand. I’d read many high-praise reviews before picking up the book and was looking forward to my lunch time ritual of getting in 20 – 30 pages. But…
This was a very tough read. I was only able to finish the first two chapters. I told y’all before that I am a hard-scifi type of person. I knew about 5 pages into the read that this was not something I normally take up. By the end of the 2nd chapter I was exhausted. And it took me two weeks to get there. I know I promised an extensive review, but I can’t even do that justice. So, I’ll close out with “I tried“.
For my next book, I’m diving back into familiar territory: Scalzi’s, The Last Colony. I read “Old Man’s Tale” about a year ago and I am skipping over “The Ghost Brigades”. I hope that isn’t an issue for story continuation.
Maybe I’ll try another Delany book in the future…
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A fellow member of the Black Science Fiction Society posted a note the other day. He rhetorically asked why some of the members who have book reviews on their personal blogs did not have any reviews for any Black authors. In some self-reflection, I realized that I had not picked up any sci-fi written by a Black author in a quite awhile. My last extensive read was the anthology, “The Darker Mask” and that was last summer. So while half-way through my last book, I put some effort into making this a goal for my next book.
Samuel R. Delany is one of the masters of sci-fi and I have not read any of his material. In my search for Black sci-fi authors I’d seen his name pop up over and over again, but for some reason I never took the time to pick up one of his books. Now, that’s about to change. I’m going to start “Stars In My Pocket Like Grains Of Sand” this weekend. I’ll be sure to post an extensive review once I am done.