Literary Quote of the Month

“For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)—they are experiences,” … Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Leap Year 2016... Extra Day, Extra Reading!

Extra Day, Extra Reading!

Once every 4 years we readers get an extra day. Okay, once every 4 years everyone gets an extra day, but it's so much more fun if you are a reader... because you get an extra day of reading! Over at Goodreads, there is a mini-challenge to read a book today! Yes, a whole book! Up for the challenge? I sure am! After taking a serious fall and recuperating from the injuries this week, I have a little extra reading time on my hands (and I can at least use one hand to click pages). But even if you don't have a whole day to read, the book you choose doesn't have to be the length of War and Peace! This challenge is really meant for novella length books... Under 150 pages.

SO, what book am I going to read?!

I'm going to read, Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valence, which was recommended by the moderators (Khadijah, Winter, Cassandra, Kara & Zara) of the Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge. This book is way out of my normal reading, but the reviews say it is an amazing read, "mesmerizing, tender, emotional", and I am going to embrace the challenge. Silently and Very Fast is Science Fiction/Fantasy, it was a 2011 Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novella, a 2012 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novella and here's what the Goodreads blurb says about it...

Fantastist Catherynne M. Valente takes on the folklore of artificial intelligence in this brand new, original novella of technology, identity, and an uncertain mechanized future.

Neva is dreaming. But she is not alone. A mysterious machine entity called Elefsis haunts her and the members of her family, back through the generations to her great-great-grandmother—a gifted computer programmer who changed the world. Together Neva and Elefsis navigate their history and their future, an uneasy, unwilling symbiotic.

 But what they discover in their dreamworld might change them forever... 


Are you going to get some extra reading in today? 
What book will you be reading?


*Update... I have finished Silently and Very Fast and have no words to describe it properly yet. It was mesmerizing, like actually being in a dream, tender, confusing, beautiful. Will be working on a review for this soon.

2 comments:

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Fun! Extra day, extra reading!

Suzanne Yester said...

Yes, Deb! And enjoyed it immensely!

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