Four speculative fiction books in a row: Dawn, Octavia's Brood, Memoirs Found in a Bathtub, The Last Machine in the Solar System

So many books, so little time.

Okay, I couldn’t go with my usual stack of books photo this time because it felt like an actual tragedy to not share the covers with you.

For instance, the cover is 90% of the reason why I bought The Last Machine in the Solar System, even though I really didn’t have any money to spend and was just hanging out in the bookstore with a friend. But this tiny novella caught my eye, and then when I saw the beautiful design, it didn’t have much of a hurdle left to jump with the story description. I mean, the story does sound like there is a good possibility of being an Asimov rip-off. But if it is, it’s of one of his best stories, so I suppose it will be alright.

And then I just love the little skulls on Memoirs Found in a Bathtub. I love Stanislaw Lem and have to buy his books on any rare occasion I actually find them in a bookstore. I’m not normally super into skull imagery, but these make me smile for some reason.

The art on Octavia’s Brood is beautiful, too. I am always drawn to that scarab in the bottom middle, in particular. I am really embarrassed to admit that I still haven’t read this, and will offer my feeble excuse that short stories are not my favorite, but I need to get on this.

In my mind, Dawn is the weakest cover of the set, but what are you going to do? It’s Octavia Butler, so of course I am going to get around to reading it (eventually).

What books are glaring at you from your to-read stacks these days?

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