Over at Tor.com, I have a post up about my Sleeping With Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction collection, “Learning to Read Critically:”
Learning to read critically is an interesting process. You find you can’t turn it off unless you try really hard: you’re always paying attention to what kind of work the narrative is doing, and what sort of thing it’s setting itself up to be. You learn to recognise what particular works are interested in, and the shape of the story they’re telling. In many cases, you can tell what sort of book any given volume’s going to be—good, bad, indifferent, actively offensive; whodunnit or military-focused or romance or thriller or coming of age—within the first few pages.
Sleeping With Monsters is available now in paperback and electronic versions from Aqueduct Press. You can buy it there or from:
And more places as I become aware of them. (There’s no listing on Barnes and Noble yet, or on Chapters for Canada.)
So far, Aqueduct Press is the only place where the ebook edition is available. But I’m pretty sure that’ll change.