The Pleasures of Reading, Viewing, and Listening in 2017
by Jennifer Marie Brissett
Between teaching and writing I somehow managed to absorb many novels, mostly through audiobooks again. Here are a few that I completed—
The Accidental Alchemist and The Elusive Elixir By Gigi Pandian
The Peter Rabbit Collection By Beatrix Potter (Narrated by Emma Messenger)
Metro 2033 and Metro 2035 By Dimitry Glukhovsky
The Girl with All the Gifts By M. R. Carey
Enigma Tales: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine By Una McCormack
The Black Tower by Louis Bayard
Basil of Baker Street: The Great Mouse Detective By Eve Titus – a fun children’s book parody of the Sherlock Holmes stories.
The Man Who Fell to Earth By Walter Tevis
The Left Hand of Darkness By Ursula K. Le Guin (Narrated by George Guidall) – I’ve read this book several times and yet hearing it read to me like this was a special pleasure.
The Alienist By Caleb Carr
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger By Stephen King
Roadside Picnic By Arkady Strrugatsky – the novel that the Russian science fiction film Stalker is based on
The Scar By China Mieville – I listened to this last year and still enjoyed re-listening to this again. I think this is my second favorite Mieville novel, my first being The City & the City.
Jennifer Marie Brissett is a Jamaican-British American writer living in New York who has been a software engineer, web designer, and independent bookseller. Her short fiction has appeared in The Future Fire, Morpheus Tales, Warrior Wisewoman 2, and other places. Aqueduct Press published her first novel, Elsyium, in 2014; it received a Special Citation for the Philip K. Dick Award and was a finalist for Locus's Best First Novel award. Check out her website at www.jennbrissett.com.