Every reader has a must read author or two that they absolutely love reading and HAVE to read everything the author has written! It’s an instant buy when you see their books, or a preorder when you hear that they have a new book coming soon. You just have to read their books! Like drop your TBR pile on the floor and grab this book!
For me Benjanun Sriduangkaew has become that Must Read Author! I don’t properly have the words for how amazing I find her stories to be! Each new story just leaves me saying THIS IS WHAT SCIFI IS SUPPOSED TO BE! Yep. That good.
Not only are the stories amazing but so are the covers and titles! I am a title buyer. If I see a cool title I want the story that goes with it! And there is one of her short stories that has the GREATEST title that I’ll share at the end of this post.
So what type of stories does she write? Space Opera! I loveeee a good Space Opera! Star Wars is a good example of Space Opera, or Iain M Banks’ Culture Novels. Galactic battles and larger than life consequences to actions. BUT she tells the stories differently. They aren’t told from the perspective of the colonizer, but from the colonized! The apocalypse has happened for these characters and now they must deal with the Empire that is trying to subjugate them. This perspective matters.
This is smart and bold SciFi that is powerfully written that shows society that has progressed but still has lessons for us today. Highly recommend.
Where to start? Well remember I told you about a fantastic title and said I’d share it? Allow me to share it and suggest this short story as an excellent entrance to Benjanun’s work!
You And I Shall Be As Radiant is a perfect intro for a new to Benjanun reader! This short story with an amazing title will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.
Benjanun Sriduangkaew has become a must read author for me, and if you give her a shot she might just be for you too!