Thursday, December 22, 2011

What is Kameron Hurley reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Kameron Hurley, author of God’s War and Infidel.

Her entry begins:
A good deal of my nonfiction reading involves tales of war and tactics, logistics and the psychology of killing. You would think I’d take a break from this when I read fiction, but because I’m fascinated with the exploration of war, terror, fear, and violence and how the way we divide, oppress and categorize people plays into that, I am just as interested in how other fiction writers explore these topics.

Just this week, I finished reading Stories from the New War by Joel Best. It’s a book of prose poetry that explores the stories of the people and places being transformed by a long, drawn-out conflict. One of the truths you uncover as you delve into the history of war is that often, who the enemy is and what people are fighting over isn’t...[read on]
Among the praise for Kameron Hurley and her books:
“Kameron Hurley's a brave, unflinching, truly original writer with a unique vision—her fiction burns right through your brain and your heart.”
—Jeff VanderMeer, author of Finch

“[A] compelling far-future debut … Hurley's world-building is phenomenal, with casual references to insectile technology and the world's history that provide atmosphere without infodumps … Hurley smoothly handles tricky themes such as race, class, religion, and gender without sacrificing action.”
Publishers Weekly on God's War

“[A] stellar debut novel ... beautifully crafted ... truly a work of art—bloody, brutal, bug-filled art.”
—The Ranting Dragon

“Very original world-building. ... Hurley belongs in the new class of Sci-Fi authors we've been waiting for to invigorate the genre along the sides of Rajaniemi, Bacigalupi, and Yu although each brings different skills to the table.”
—The Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf
Learn more about the author and her work at Kameron Hurley's website.

My Book, The Movie: God’s War and Infidel.

Writers Read: Kameron Hurley.

--Marshal Zeringue