I can’t watch procedurals any more. I stopped watching House not only because they killed off my favorite supporting character for little to no reason, but because I was watching a forty-four minute show for about ten minutes of character development. The Case of the Week formula was starting to feel like Chinese water torture, to be totally honest. Even Numb3rs, which boasts forty-four minutes of looking at David Krumholtz, couldn’t hold my attention. (That, and the fandom is weird. Like, Supernatural weird.) It just boils down to the fact that I can no longer take anything—television show or book—that doesn’t have an endgame in mind. It’s like life, in a way—without an end, it has little to no meaning. Or at least that’s what I think.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is a title that just sort of made its way onto my reading list in 2010—the ridiculously gorgeous cover turned my head, and I always like to investigate heroines of color in fantasy. But I was content to let it sit on the reading list until I heard of The Broken Kingdoms, the sequel released eight months after the first. (Orbit, bless ‘em, has a refreshing approach towards releasing series.) Intrigued, I put it on hold at my library at home so it could be one of the first books I picked up during the holidays.
This week on The Literary Horizon, we’re taking a look at even more fantasy… you know what? I’m going to start applying my reading rule to The Literary Horizon from now on- no two genres in a row! (Although I do have an awful lot of fantasy on the reading list…) But today, fantasy. We’re looking at two beautifully titled novels dealing with empire, especially those on the wrong side of the glass.
While perusing the fabulous T. J.’s new digs at Dreams and Speculation, I noticed that her tags included something else beyond the usual rating system and authors–the publishers were tagged as well. Editing and publishing is what I want to do with my life, but I never paid much attention to who published the things I love before I decided on that fact. This week, I took it upon myself to clean up my tags, so I decided adding the publishers couldn’t hurt. (Fun, irrelevant fact: WordPress doesn’t do spaces between periods for tags, which is why poor Professor Tolkien’s tag looks so squished to your right.) Anyway, I wanted to see–who publishes what I like?