K.B. Wagers is the author of the Indranan and Farian War trilogies from Orbit Books and the NeoG Adventures from Harper Voyager. They are a fan of whiskey and cats, Jupiter Ascending and the Muppets. You can find them on Twitter @kbwagers and Instagram @midwaybrawler for political commentary, plant photos, and video game playthroughs
Today, K.B does a deconstructed Six Books Format.
Hello all, thanks for joining me here at Six Books while I break all the rules of this challenge and get kicked out on my ear! I am K.B. Wagers, science fiction author of the upcoming HOLD FAST THROUGH THE FIRE (7/27 Harper Voyager).
I’m currently reading ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS by Ocean Vuong which is a breathtaking autofiction both because of its beautiful prose and its heartbreaking story of an immigrant boy dealing with the memories of his mother, his coming out journey, and trying to survive in America. I am really loving it and glad that I followed my curiosity to look for it when I heard about it. And I’m almost finished with Kate Elliott’s UNCONQUERABLE SUN, a book that stole my heart from the moment I heard “queer, gender-bent, Alexander the Great in space.” It is everything I hoped for and more.
I could sit here all day and talk about the books that are coming out which make me clap my hands in glee. But since I’m only supposed to pick one, let me tell you about SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN by Shelley Parker-Chan (7/20) and how excited I am for this “lyrical reimagining of the rise of the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty.” I have been all in on historical reimaginings lately as you may have guessed.
New books being written all the time means I can barely keep up with my TBR list, let alone go back to reread books I’ve loved, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to revisit Nghi Vo’s THE EMPRESS OF SALT AND FORTUNE because I am such a sucker for the story within a story and she does it so brilliantly. (By the way, Vo has a novel coming out June 1st that is inspired by the Great Gatsby and I have heard it’s amazing so if that’s your jam go check out THE CHOSEN AND THE BEAUTIFUL.)
I love reading beautiful books because I don’t feel like that’s necessarily my strong suit, however, if you love found family, queer relationship dynamics, and explorations of trust, betrayal, and forgiveness all wrapped up in a space adventure with some of the most competent folx you’ll ever meet then joining the NeoG might be for you. You can come meet the crew in July with HOLD FAST THROUGH THE FIRE, or get a sneak peek at them with A PALE LIGHT IN THE BLACK which is my beautiful pandemic book. Thanks for joining me today and I hope you found something in here that excites you!
Thank you, katy!
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