Wiscon is a convention that is all about the conversations. Conversations in panels, in hallways, at meals, in parties. It’s a convention made of conversations.
Each year before Wiscon I try to suss out what people are going to be talking about. Which books, movies, or television series are catching the imagination and moment. And, time permitting, I try to read or watch at least a few of those things.
This year I am hoping that folks will have read The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker. It’s a look at the immigrant experience in New York City around the turn of the twentieth century through a carefully thought-out and imaginative lens. One of the narrators is a golem. Another is a jinni. I am finding the book to be an engaging read.
I am also hoping that others will have read Elizabeth Bear’s Steles of the Sky, which I deeply loved for a host of reasons.
I am also catching up on some television. I’ve finished House of Cards season two. I intend to finish American Horror Story: Coven in the next few weeks. Right now I am beginning Elementary season two.
What are you watching? What are you reading? Whether or not you are going to Wiscon this year, what works of fiction or non-fiction are you and your friends talking about? Comics? Podcasts? Blogs? What has engaged your attention?
Do, please, tell me in the comments. NOT links, PLEASE, as link-heavy comments get marked as spam. But do tell me what you like about the thing in question, if you have time —
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