Being in grad school has kept me busy, most of my pleasure reading has been limited to listening to audio in the car, but I'm still getting a lot in.
Just finished listening to Octavia Butler's "Kindred" which was intense but amazing as usual.
So far i have yet to engage in any other work that so effectively projects what it could be like to be a slave, physically, emotionally and psychologically. It made me feel like I was there and transplanting a fairly contemporary main character into the antebellum south really helped me feel like I was really in the character's head and thinking what she was thinking.
Before that I listened to the classic "Agnes Grey" by Anne Bronte.
Finished all but 2 or 3 stories in Philip K. Dick's "Paycheck and other stories" These stories are mostly his earliest, but many of them are still excellent and it is interesting to see PKD finding his legs and developing a lot of the themes that would become very common in his works.
Now I'm continuing again with the story collection "Dark Matter: Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora"
Also listening to an mp3 disc featuring all of the fiction podcasts from the technically now defunct Fantasy Magazine (didn't really go away, it was just merged into the excellent "Lightspeed Magazine").
You can download mp3s and/or read all of Fantasy Magazine's stories here: http://www.fantasy-magazine.com
and if you want to check out the current online Lightspeed Magazine (which features SF and F) just go here: http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com
After that I'm thinking of listening to the audio for H. Beam Piper's "Little Fuzzy"
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