ICYMI: There has been a big mess with Patreon’s new fee structure – you can head over there and read my free, public update. For my backers (any tier) I added a new, unpublished poem as something that might cheer you up a bit at least. If you don’t like the new changes, you can protest here.
On to the book highlights now!
This time around there is only one part, because there weren’t many highlights – I even went through Amazon coming-soon lists which I seldom do, but, no luck. I already have a massive amount of book highlights coming for January, though!
Dec 4: Juniper Leaves by Jaz Joyner [YA/MG] [SFF]
This is a YA novel about Black magical girls, with an F/F relationship, by a Black nonbinary author! I got an ebook reviewer copy and will get a print one after launch too, so I’ll probably review this one very soon (also just because this book looks really promising!).
Dec 11: The Emerald Princess: and Other Decadent Fantasies by Félicien Champsaur, trans. Brian Stableford [SFF] [Translation]
This is a classic French symbolist collection, translated by an SFF author and definitely presented as part of a fine speculative tradition. It’s interesting how so many of my highlights this month are translations, I guess publishers are more willing to take risk with those launches?
Dec 18: The Frail Soul and Other Stories by Camille Mauclair, translated by Brian Stableford [SFF] [Translation]
Another Symbolist classic – these are put out by Stableford’s press Snuggly Books, and sound like something that might be great for long, cold winter nights. Mauclair’s nonfiction about his artist contemporaries has been widely published and translated, but his fiction not so much. (It’s always so strange to me that there are such gaps even related to very Western literary traditions… but I guess these books might have fallen into the “too speculative for the literary crowd, too literary for the speculative crowd” trap.)
Dec 19: Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch by Ryo Mizuno [SFF] [Translation]
A very different translation! The Amazon page claims it to be a rerelease, but that might be an error because I couldn’t turn up any earlier English releases? This is a Japanese take on D&D that originated with actual transcripts of adventures, ended up with novelizations, manga, anime and became a massive smash hit. I read some of the manga adaptation (I love Yoshihiko Ochi’s art) and also watched the anime wayyyyyy back, and now I have all the nostalgic feelings. I’ve always been very curious to see how the actual books read…
Dec 26: Ms. Marvel vol. 8: Mecca by Wilson, Failla, Olortegui & Herring [YA/MG] [SFF] [Comics]
I find it hard to believe this series is now in its eighth volume. Teen superheroing while being Muslim and multicultural is just so immensely relatable to me as a traditionally observant Jewish person that I hope it keeps on going on and on and on and on. This will be a great time to catch up in the winter break – I’m a bit annoyed that the new volume comes out literally the day after my birthday, though! 😀