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A reader of many books.

The Iliad by Homer

I chose this as Mr. Curiosity’s next literature book for the school year. I chose this particular edition based on the recommendation from The Well-Educated Mind. To be able to discuss the book, I read it alongside Mr. Curiosity. I’ve never read it, so it’s something new for me as well as Mr. Curiosity.

Translator: Martin Hammond

Published: this edition in 1987; the original in the 12th century BCE

Genre: epic poetry but ours wasn’t in a poetic form so I’m going with literature

Length: 410 pages of text, 464 pages with index

Setting: around the city of Troy during the Trojan War, 13th century BCE Continue reading


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Don’t Look Back by Amanda Quick

I totally chose this book for the Q author. I’ve read a couple of others by Quick and they tend to be amusing, light stories.

Published: 2002

Genre: historical paranormal romance

Length: 323 pages

Setting: Victorian London Continue reading

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Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

I was looking for an audiobook for Miss Adventure and I to listen to as we travel to gymnastics meets. This had shown up on a list of good books for kids. As a bonus, it’s a Discworld book (#30) so I knew it would be good.

Published: 2004

Genre: fantasy

Length: 390 pages

Setting: the Chalk, part of Discworld with preindustrial technology Continue reading

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The Mama Mmiri by Walter Dinjos

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: January, 2016 in Beneath Ceaseless Skies (You can read it for free at that link, or listen to it here)

Genre: fantasy

Setting: Near a river is what is probably Nigeria (based on Dinjos’ history)

Summary: The oyibo (white men) are constructing a bridge across the Ofia River. To keep mama mmiri, the river goddess, placated, they sacrifice a twin to the river every month, with the help of the narrator’s Baba Tunde. Udo, our narrator’s twin, has been sacrificed and the narrator knows he’s next. He heads to the river in the hopes of seeing the ghost of Udo, but only sees mama mmiri. He promises her Baba Tunde’s body, but he is still sacrificed.

Final thoughts: Living next to the Ofia River would get expensive, considering the sacrifices that had to be offered every month to appease her spirit. And why did she like twins so much? Our narrator is devastated when his twin dies, and is happy to join back up with him in the river.

Title comes from: The name of the river goddess

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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

I decided to read this book to the kids. I remember enjoying it significantly when it first came out. This is the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy.

Published: 1996

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 399 pages

Setting: it felt like England and northern countries, including Svalbard, 1800s, but it wasn’t really Continue reading

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Artemis by Andy Weir

As soon as I found out Andy Weir had a new book out, I requested it from the library. It wasn’t even in the holdings yet, but I wanted to be high on the hold list. Mr. Curiosity and I were all in after loving The Martian.

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction

Length: 305 pages

Setting: the lunar colony of Artemis, near future Continue reading

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A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul

This was one of the Modern Library’s 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. I was reading my way through this list.

Published: 1979

Genre: fiction

Length: 278 pages

Setting: Mid-20th century Africa, somewhere north of Uganda Continue reading

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