Following on from yesterday’s podcast discussion with Zen Cho about her new novel, Jonathan delivers a short audio review of Sorcerer to the Crown. If you’ve read the book, or have anything you’d like to add, please leave a comment.
This week Coode Street welcomes Zen Cho, who received the Crawford Award earlier this year for her story collection Spirits Abroad and whose delightful first novel, Sorcerer to the Crown, is published this week.
We discuss what it’s like to be a Malaysian writer living in London, the influences and background of her new Regency-romance fantasy, the heritage of colonialism, the expectations sometimes faced by writers from non-Western cultures, and her recent anthology of stories by Malaysian writers Cyberpunk: Malaysia.
As always, we’d like to thank Zen for making the time to appear on the podcast and hope you enjoy the episode.
In keeping with yesterday’s quick squib about Limekiller, here’s another short piece of review/commentary, this time about Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora. With all of the conversation about Hugo Awards at the moment, I (Jonathan) am tempted to make some brief comments about books, stories and other works that I feel are nomination-worthy and that may make my own ballot next year.
It is possible that I won’t follow through on this, or that the latter half of the year will be such that I won’t get to do more. It’s also possible that these will get folded into the main podcast (I certainly don’t intend to keep bombarding you with new content like this every day), but for the moment here’s a sample of a possible ‘Jonathan’s Personal Thoughts on Possible Hugo Nominees’ series.
Please, if you have a moment, drop me a note in comments or on Twitter to let me know what you think of the idea for the series and if you’d like to see more.
Between 1997 and 2003 I was a reviewer for Locus. Growing demands on my time from my work as reviews editor for the magazine and as an anthologist eventually led to me giving that up. But during my tenure I reviewed a number of books I look back on very fondly.
As a bit of an experiment, I’ve recorded the review I wrote in 2003 and am publishing it here. It stands as a snapshot of my writing at the time, a glance at a good book, and as a test for Coode St audio. Although the book is now twelve years old, you can still order it from Old Earth Books. I definitely recommend it. I hope you enjoy the review.