New Weird/Bizarro Summer Reading: Want to join me?


Over the next two months I will be researching and reading for an essay I am writing on the New Weird and Bizarro subgenres and their influence on SF/F in the last ten years. The list isn’t terribly long, and does include some older titles for historical reference, but I thought I would see if some of you wanted to read along with me. Perhaps we can have some discussions here about whatever happens to strike our fancy. So, my reading list is as follows:

–The New Weird edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
–City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer
–The Year of Our War by Steph Swainston
–Foop! by Chris Genoa
–Natural History by Justina Robson
–The Etched City by KJ Bishop
–Doctor Identity, or Farewell to Plaquedemia by D. Harlan Wilson
–Veniss Undeground by Jeff VanderMeer
–Angel Dust Apocalypse by Jeremy Robert Johnson
–Wanderers and Islanders by Steve Cockayne
–The Accord by Keith Brooke
–Viriconium by M. John Harrison
–Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
–The Bizarro Starter Kit (orange) and (blue)

I’ll also be reading numerous short stories by Jason Sanford and others. I can provide a short list of those if anyone wants to know.

I’m pretty certain that I am starting with Perdido Street Station on Monday, which is probably the easiest of the titles on this list to get. That said, if anyone wants to join me, let me know in the comments. I’m already doing about half of these with a friend, and I’ve love to have the additional company. It would be interesting to get a bunch of people talking about the same book on here.

Alright, off to reading for me!

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Florida studying science fiction, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and fantasy.

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