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This week I am reading Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

I'm about 50 pages in and I really like it. One of the things I've noticed, though, is that a lot of recent SF I've read (examples: Ancillary Mercy and The Peripheral) where you're basically dumped into the middle of the story and nothing makes sense at first. I find this to be equal parts great and annoying. A facet of urban fantasy is that each book in a series, including the first will explain shit that's happened. Sometimes I love this, but it's not good for binge reading. It's like all the 'last week on ...' that you get on TV shows. But this is completely not what's happening in the books I mentioned above, and Yoon's Ninefox Gambit. Instead, you just have to pick up knowledge as you go along. I don't know if this is a new thing or if I just haven't read a lot of SF recently, or at least more future-SF (instead of near-future or science fantasy). But, anyway, just an observation. That's not to say that I don't like Yoon's book so far, because I do. It just has a steep learning curve.
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