Weekend Reads #26: First Contact Sci-Fi & South Asian Fantasy

Saturday mornings are usually a neat way to sleep in and kick weekend relaxation into gear. However, this weekend my goal is to read, read, read! I want to tackle my library stack and get through as many books as possible. I have two reasons for this. Firstly, to lower the number of books I have checked-out so I feel less stressed about it, and secondly so I have more books to review! I’m finally reaching the bottom of my review repertoire and, to be frank, it’s freaking me out a little bit. I like having things to review and when that goes, my freak-o-meter begins to ring, ring, ring!

This weekend, I will be focusing on the books that I have had checked-out the longest. One of them you’ll recognise because I mentioned it in a previous weekend reads. Unfortunately, I became super distracted with other books and never got around to picking this one up. The second book I hope to start is something I picked up about a week ago from the library and felt super compelled to read it because it is an #OwnVoices Indian fantasy novel! I feel like it’s going to be an amazing read filled with kick-ass females!

Semiosis by Sue Burke

Semiosis is the novel that I wanted to dive into about a month ago and just never got around to it (yay, distractions). I tell you, being a book lover can be such a challenge sometimes, especially when you want to read everything!

Semiosis is a first contact, science-fiction novel that follows colonists from Earth who are on a distant planning, searching for a place to build their perfect, ideal home. What they don’t know is that they’re being watching silently by another life-form. When first contact between the two finally occurs, only mutual communication can help them forge an alliance, or they will both fall victim to one another’s selfishness.

Markswoman by Rati Mehrota

Markswoman is an #OwnVoices Indian young adult fantasy novel that had a lovely cover and looks amazing in photographs where it’s placed in nature (I’ve been sharing on my Instagram). I also really like the premise and feel like it will be the fantasy novel that I have been craving. You can check out the first lines for it on my recent Fantasy First-Liners.

Markswoman is about a young girl named Kyra who is the youngest markswoman in the Order of Kali, which is one clan of sisterhoods amid many that are highly trained, elite warriors. They are armed with magical blades and a strict code of conduct and are supposed to maintain peace. However, for Kyra, peace cannot be attained until she gets vengeance against those who murdered her entire family.

In addition to these two novels, I will be working on finishing my current read, A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas, and a few manga volumes: Naruto Volumes 8 & 9, The God’s Lie, and Death Note Black Edition IV.

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4 thoughts on “Weekend Reads #26: First Contact Sci-Fi & South Asian Fantasy

  1. I’ve also been meaning to read Semiosis for a while! Alas, who knows when I will actually get to it.

    • It is a bit strange in that it’s super detailed, specifically where botany is concerned, and follows individual characters’ perspectives akin to journalised chronicles of their experiences and thoughts. I think the absolute best way to describe it to call it a mesh between Annihilation and The Martian. It’s good. Slow and meticulously detailed, but good.

      • Well, I liked The Martian, so that bodes well! (Haven’t read Annihilation.) From everything I’ve seen about Semiosis, it definitely seems up my alley.

        • I finished it last night/early this morning and will have a review up for it soon. It’s definitely a good read for people who like hard, complex science and don’t mind paced narratives.

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