Book Riot Live and Dystopias

OMFG. If you follow me on Twitter you probably know where I’m going with this. I was not only one of the first 250 people, but one of the first 100 people to buy Book Riot Live tickets when they went on sale at 10am (PST) yesterday morning. I also got tickets to the event where you get to drink with some of the Riot staff and speakers at The Strand. This is amazeballs for me.

I not only get to go to New York City for the first time, but I also get to hang out with really cool bookish people (I know, seems redundant). Next on the list will be buying plane tickets and finding a place to stay. We’re going for longer than the event so you know we’re going to try to fit in some sight seeing as well.

After that excitement I devoured Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler for the WoC Scifi/fantasy book club I joined. I can’t go to the first meeting, but I still wanted to read the book. And it was glorious. I recently read Station Eleven and found a lot of similarities. One was that there wasn’t a lot of focus on what caused the world to decline, but on the survivors. On how they dealt with the world changing. Written in 1993, the book takes place in 2026-2027 and it made it all too real reading it in 2015. Butler doesn’t do anything insane. She wrote a future that was realistic. Terrifying, but completely something I can see happening. I loved it. Luckily Scribd has Parable of the Talents, the next book so I’ll be starting that shortly.

I also spent some time with Come Together, Fall Apart by Cristina Henriquez which I’m also having a great time with. I generally struggle with short stories, but Henriquez gives me just enough story that I don’t feel short changed. I’m struggling with a sinus infection right now complete with a nice headache and blurry vision so I had to give it a break, but hopefully tonight I’ll delve into more of the story.

What did you read today? Are you going to BR Live?

4 thoughts on “Book Riot Live and Dystopias

  1. moonjunio

    You just reminded me of a story idea I had.

    A woman in a post apocalytic world writes a baby journal when she knows that her child will never have the resources to learn to read it. Supplies will run out, survival skills will be the only things taught. Her daughter’s chances of surviving childhood are slim, but still the mother hopes for the generations to carry on, and maybe one day rediscover fragments of culture…. Against all odds.

    The entries become less frequent as the child ages. Because that never happens, right? 😛

    1. I shutter to think about my kids’ baby books. Too true. Sounds like a pretty great book. I read a book recently, yet I can’t remember which one, where the mother gets cancer and starts writing things on recipe cards that she will never be able to teach her young daughter before she dies. I want to say it was pretty gendered because of the era, but now I can’t remember. Also have you read Station Eleven? Because I think that would be up your alley with that story idea.

      1. moonjunio

        Thanks for the rec – Station Eleven looks really interesting. Trouping Shakesperean actors bringing culture to the survivors? Awesome.

      2. It’s on the long list right now for the Bailey’s Prize for Women. I predict it will make the short list as well. Have you read Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler? Because that one fits pretty close as well. I just recently read it and was blown away.

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