Twenty-Fifteen: I’m doing something I’ve been putting off for far too long. I’m getting serious about reading, again. I’ve dusted off my paperbacks and charged up my Kindle. It’s time to take the time to feed my poor television-adled brain with a selection of healthy, nourishing fiction. So, read on, little brain. Read on. We’re going Book to the Future!
After Lord of the Flies and Anna Karenina I was looking for something a little lighter to read… and I was definitely willing to take some risks.
Enter the Vorkosigan Saga a series of books by one Lois McMaster Bujold that has been on my radar for a few years largely because it keeps popping up on those lists of “Books Everyone Should Read” that make the rounds online occasionally.
At one point I’d added the first of the series, Falling Free to my Amazon wishlist (the private one I use to keep track of Kindle books or other things to top up my more tangible orders, a necessity to get free shipping prior to Amazon prime) but I’d never bothered to look further into it.
Thus, the tiny risk: I’d read the first in a science fiction series of novels that had been described as (a) funny, (b) full of space opera-like adventure, and (c) definitely worth reading… but novels for which I knew absolutely nothing else about.
A click, a download, and suddenly I am a couple chapters into the space station adventures of unlikely protagonist Leo Graf, space engineer who has shown up for a new job on a remote station as a welding instructor for a group of unexpected students: they’re all genetically engineered, four-armed but leg-less space teenagers… and they make Leo very uncomfortable. He’s not uncomfortable because they’re different, but rather he’s a little pissed that they all seem to be corporate property.
So, I read on…