The first two books of The Locked Tomb trilogy

Those would be Gideon the Ninth and Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir.

For the last couple of years now, I’ve been telling everyone I can get my hands on that they should read Gideon the Ninth. It’s a story about space necromancers solving a locked room mystery and so much more. Also, the sword fighting is tops.

Harrow the Ninth is a much more difficult book to recommend. First, because it’s a sequel and Gideon is very much a prerequisite to reading it. (Although, now that I think about it, it might be an easier book to understand if you don’t have to wade through the murk of your Gideon preconceptions…)

Still, I’ve been more fascinated by these books, as experiments in fiction, than almost anything I’ve read in the last several years. Also, the writing is just stellar, if you’re into reading sentences of pure delight.

Am I gushing too much? Maybe. You’ll have to read and find out for yourself.

some links I found in my browser, part 6,439

Carmina Gadelica Folk poetry from the Western Isles of Scotland. Volume 1 of a collection published in 1900 by Alexander Carmichael

Technical writing resources on github If you ever wanted to get into technical writing, this wouldn’t be a bad place to start.

Some pretty good advice by Kevin Kelly looking back on 68 years. I hope I have even a third of this insight then.

The 19th Newsletter “gender, politics and policy news” Haven’t read it, but it looks interesting.

The Messiah Generator A tabletop roleplaying thing. Dig the aesthetic and the roasting of sacred cows, presumably.

Attending to Technology by Alan Jacobs About technology and our attention. I’ve gotten a lot out of Jacobs’ books. This is definitely in my (nearly infinite, sigh…) TO READ pile.

A Peculiar Peril (The Misadventures of Jonathan Lambshead, v1) by Jeff VanderMeer

When this book came out, it took me by surprise. Although I think I keep fairly close tabs on when VanderMeer’s books are coming out, I’d never heard of this one, until after it had already arrived.

This book is delightfully strange. It’s fascinating to me the way VanderMeer’s writing veers between clipped, terse (but not uninteresting) prose and surrealistic excess. This book sits firmly between the two extremes. The writing here isn’t always surreal, but the things that happen in it certainly are!

An alternate reality Aleister Crowley makes for a pretty excellent villain, all in all. This book has all the hallmarks of your typical YA teenage hero having adventures, but contorts them into curious (or peculiar) shapes.

I’m definitely looking forward to volume 2.

The Scythe trilogy by Neal Shusterman

Scythe, Thunderhead, and The Toll. I read these books because my kid really liked them and he wanted to talk about them with me. Great reason!

It’s very much a YA book with many of the standard tropes these books have. There’s a bit more subtlety and moral nuance than I usually find in books like this.

Mostly I’m glad I read them because it meant I got to have some interesting conversations with my kid.