Current Reads: Sci-Fi Horror & Chinese Speculative Fiction

Good morning and happy Saturday! My goal this weekend is to finish up some books that I have been reading throughout the week. Most of the books I’m going to be sharing today I had begun reading more than a week ago even, but then I became distracted from them by either other books, anime, or video games.

So… in an effort to keep my cycle of library books flowing smoothly, I will be spending the weekend and the first week of July trying to complete the four titles from today’s post! You will probably recognise a few of them from the past few Weekend Reads posts. 😉

Bloodstar (Star Corpsman #1) by Ian Douglas

I’m about one-fourth of the way through this one. It had a slightly slower start to it than I originally anticipated, so it took some time for me to get into, but now that I finally have a feel for the environment, time period, and universe, I think it will be much easier to consume from here on out.

It’s a military science-fiction book, a first in a series, that revolves around Navy Corpsman Elliot Carlyle. He joined the military so that he could help people, but now him and Bravo Company’s Black Wizards of the interstellar Fleet Marine Force are on their way to a hellish, volatile rock planet called Bloodworld that is colonised by a fanatical group called the Salvationists, who wants an inhospitable place to atone for humankind’s sins. When the Qesh—a strange alien race that’s been detected but unknown for six decades—finally make their violent first contact, the Salvationists desire for penance may prove deadly. Now it’s up to Brave Company to confront this force of powerful, impenetrable foes in an effort to save countless number of lives.

Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep #1) by Mira Grant

I’m only a couple of chapters into this book and it’s so wonderfully written and very engaging. If I marathon-read anything this weekend, it’ll be Into the Drowning Deep for sure.

A mythological, science-fiction, fantasy novel that revolves around the Mariana Trench. Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Trench to film a “mockumentary” that would bring the ancient sea creatures of legend to life. The crew was lost at sea with all hands. Many people have referred to it as a maritime tragedy, whiles others believe it’s a hoax. Now a new crew has been assembled, but this time their aim is not for entertainment, but for validation as well as adventure. But for one crew member, Victoria Stewart, it is a mission to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

This is an #OwnVoices Iraqi horror fiction literature novel that I picked up about a month ago. I believe I even did a Weekend Reads around that time mentioning how I was going to finally start reading it. Yeah… never happened. I’m sorry. Nonetheless, I did finally, finally begin it yesterday, only a handful of pages though. It’s a bit dense and as such it’s taking me a little bit to get acquainted with it. But holy whoa, it’s a very intelligent novel and I’m eager to see how the story will unfold.

From the rubble-strewn streets of U.S.-occupied Baghdad, Hadi—a scavenger and an oddball fixture at a local café—collects human body parts and stitches them together to create a corpse. His goal is for the government to recognise the parts as people and to give them the proper burial they deserve. But when the corpse goes missing, a wave of eerie murders begins to sweep the city, and reports stream in of a horrendous-looking criminal who cannot be killed, not for a lack of trying. Hadi soon realises he’s created a monster, one that needs human flesh to survive—first from the guilty, and then from anyone in its path.

Invisible Planets: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese SF in Translation translated & edited by Ken Liu

The only NEW book that I will begin picking at this weekend is this extraordinary collection of #OwnVoices Chinese speculative fiction! My cousin, who reads like forty books a month, absolutely adored this collection. Since we have rather similar tastes in books, I have a feeling that I will too. Also, it’s edited and translated by Ken Liu; BLESS!

The collection has short stories and essays from various Chinese authors, including but not limited to: Chen Quifan, Xia Jia, Ma Boyong, Hao Jingfang, and Liu Cixin.

I’m going to work my hardest to read these books before the week is up! Another reason I want to tackle these books is because they are some of my most-anticipated library check-outs, and with an impending job interview lined up for me (my health will FINALLY allow me to get a traditional job, yay!), I’m afraid of getting the job and not having enough time to read like I normally do. I have to soak up all that biblio-goodness before that happens!

Wishing you all an extraordinary weekend ahead. Thank you for taking the time to visit me today. Until next time, happy reading and happy otakuing. 👾

3 thoughts on “Current Reads: Sci-Fi Horror & Chinese Speculative Fiction

  1. Yes, Invisible Planets is sooo fucking good. I love all of it. It’s very imaginative and some of the stories are excellent allegories for the Chinese Cultural Revolution, dealing with oppression and corruption, and much more. So glad you’re finally going to read it.


  2. That looks like a very cool line up to say the least. I especially like the premise for Bloodstar 😊 I love military science fiction storytelling so this is one that I will be adding to the list for sure.
    Happy reading and of course have a great weekend 😊


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