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Smugglivus this year

I am so behind in checking out the Book Smuggler’s Smugglivus guest posts!

But here are the ones that stand out to me so far:

FIVE BOOKS I READ IN 2017 ABOUT NICE PEOPLE TRYING THEIR BEST, from Jenny Hamilton.

A perfect theme to catch my eye!

Hamilton says, “In a year where the world has been so much on fire that California has been literally on fire, I’ve been on the hunt for books that make me feel comfortable and happy—not as easy a search as you might imagine!…here are five books I read this year that prioritize kindness and connection.”

Then she lists five books I’ve never heard of, one of which sounds like I would definitely enjoy it — Thorn, Intisar Khananim which is “a retelling of the Grimm fairy tale “The Goose Girl,” and like all of Khanani’s books, it offers characters who always, always try to choose light, no matter how dark their worlds seem.” The others include literary and romantic comedy, but the SF title, Mars Evacuees, also sounds good.

I would add that for “books that prioritize kindness and connection” — pick up Murderbot: All Systems Red if you haven’t already. The kindness and decency of the secondary characters is what draws the Murderbot into defending them even though it is normally completely indifferent to its clients, so that characterization is crucial to the plot. But those qualities also make this novella particularly appealing. I’ve read it three times already.

Also, here’s a post: 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PRISONER, by Paul Weimer.

I haven’t thought about The Prisoner in ages, but Paul clearly has:

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of one of the most interesting, convoluted, complex and controversial shows in television history. Filmed in 1966 and released in 1967, The Prisoner proves to still be one of the most iconic shows of genre television, and an inspiration and landmark for genre television ever since….

Click through if you were or are a fan of The Prisoner.

And then there is this post:

10ISH FAVORITE BOOKS – A SMUGGLIVUS LIST BY RACHEL NEUMEIER

As you may gather, I found it tough to pick out just ten. The list I put together for Smugglivus has a very definite history theme, which I didn’t see coming to start with but eventually decided to explicitly run with. It does surprise me a bit how many of my top picks for 2017 have some historical component to them.

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8 Comments Smugglivus this year

  1. Hanneke

    Of the five Smugglivus books, the only one I’ve read is When Dimple met Rishi, and it is a nice and kind book. It gave me a taste of a different family dynamic, based in a different culture, through some nice young people just living their lives, going off to college.

  2. Pete Mack

    Intisar Khananim is wonderful. So is Saladin Ahmed, for that matter. Elizabeth Bear, with the Bone and Jewels short story, has a similar feel. (I’m having a hard time with the trilogy following Steles of the Sky, unfortunately: it is badly damaged by a prophecy you can predict a mile in advance, *even before the prophecy is made.*)

  3. Rachel

    Well, I will just have to try Mars Evacuees! I thought it sounded familiar; I probably noticed it when it was a Cybils finalist.

    Pete Mack, I must say, a prophecy you can see coming before it’s made is possibly a bit too obvious.

    The Nice Dragon is making me think of the bull who sat under a cork tree smelling flowers and really did not want to participate in bull fighting. What was his name? Anybody else read that book as a child?

  4. Elaine T

    And apparently there’s a brand new movie out somewhat based on the Ferdinand book. Which I also remember from childhood, and the Teen’s toddler years. I liked it, and am not interested in the movie.

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