Reading binge! Reading binge!

Haven't been able to read for a while, because of intense writing. But I'm catching up with reading again, and it's mostly stuff that I'm sorry I haven't read before:

The short story "The Sultana's Dream", by Bengali feminist and author Begum Rokeya. Not sure why I haven't read it before, because it's a significant story. It was published in 1905 or 1908 (I've found two dates) and so predates Charlotte Perkins Gilman's novel Herland, which I'd so far been informed was the first modern feminist science-fictional work (I say modern, because Christine de Pizan was doing her thing already in the 15th century). You can find it for free online too. Basically, "The Sultana's Dream" is a gender-flipped utopia governed by women, where the men are barred from public life (so, a reversal of the purdah practiced in the society Begum Rokeya lived in). I heartily recommend it for those who haven't read it, but to really appreciate the text, you should also read something about Begum Rokeya herself and the time and society in which the story was written.

I also finished Kameron Hurley's excellent novel God's War, extremely refreshing gritty far-future SF that fills what has felt like a huge hole in the genre. Also Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga, which snapped me out of my comics ennui. And then Jon Ronson's book The Psychopath Test, which once again made me appreciate non-fiction, so I'm off to finally read The Men Who Stare At Goats. 

Right now, am reading Karen Joy Fowler's Sarah Canary which I found at a book sale, and it's very promising. And for the non-fiction bit, Robert Lebling's very dense book Legends of the Fire Spirits: Jinn and Genies From Arabia to Zanzibar. It's nice to get outside of Scandinavian folklore for a bit. Even more interesting to find similarities in the presentations of some of the jinn and the vittra. Tall humanoids with bizarre and alien mindsets sure seem to get around.