The photos: go live on Instagram as I edit them and appear here in digest form every Sunday, with descriptive alt tags and additional commentary.
Not pictured: I finally sat down and wrote about UNCANNY X-MEN #126-150, freeing me up to read some more of the series. Whee!
I also started a couple of serial fiction projects I'll tell you about in June as part of a planned spotlight on Serial Box Publishing.
I'd planned to alternate between N.K. Jemisin novels and review copies, but that quickly fell apart. I only managed to pause between THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS and THE BROKEN KINGDOMS because I had to wait for the library to reopen (Wednesdays being their admin days), and when I finished THE BROKEN KINGDOMS I realized I wanted nothing so much as to start THE KINGDOM OF GODS straight away.
So I did.
And it floored me.
I mean, I loved the first two books, but this one grabbed hold of me in another way entirely. I sank straight into it and never willingly put it down. I devoured thirty-page chapters without a care for how long they took, then decided I could read just one (or two) more of 'em before I turned my attention to some other pressing matter. Like exercise, or sleep, or whatever.
I knew right away it was gonna be a 4-star book. By the midpoint, I strongly suspected it was a rare 4.5er. Right near the end, I recognized it was one of those books I'd rate 4.5 stars for the time being, with the understanding I'd surely bump it up to 5 stars once I'd reread it. Then I realized that was silly, and I might as well cut out a step and give it 5 stars right off the bat.
Now I've gotta decide whether I want to write about these books. I made some attempt at discussing THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS and THE BROKEN KINGDOMS six years ago, and I'm pretty sure I failed at it. (I especially didn't know how to talk about THE BROKEN KINGDOMS. I wrestled with it for days and am scared to look for my old review.) My present self is much better at admitting I simply don't want to dissect my reaction to every book I loved, but I'm not sure if that's actually the case here. I'm right on the line between, "I want to say more about why I loved THE KINGDOM OF GODS so much" and, "I'd rather keep this on the inside, just for me."
Maybe I want to write something about that impulse instead...
Whichever side I come down on, I want y'all to know these books are extremely queer, and this one is the most overtly queer of the lot. That made me very happy.
You should know, too, that I bought my own copy right away; something I almost never do. I enjoyed finishing this series so much that I wanted to give N.K. Jemisin some royalties, so I popped on to Kobo in search of the Inheritance sequel novella. Along the way, I noticed the series omnibus was only $9.99; a tempting deal indeed, especially since it included the novella I was after. Three novels and one novella for $10 is excellent value for money, so I went ahead and bought it.
(It's even cheaper on US Kindle, if you swing that way.)