Genre: YA fantasy
Length: 703 pages
Setting: various locations around Prythian soon after the events of A Court of Mist and Fury
Summary: Short version: The Night Court rallies forces against King Hybern Continue reading
This book was written by the host of one of my favorite podcasts, 99% Invisible. My husband bought it for me for Christmas and I’ve been slowly making my way through the book since then.
Genre: nonfiction urban planning
Length: 355 pages of text, 384 pages with bibliography and index
Summary: Short version: The hidden bits of design incorporated into the spaces of a city Continue reading
I decided to read this to the kids as a change of pace. It’s the start to a classic fantasy series I read as a teen. I’m wondering how well it’s held up.
Length: 309 pages
Setting: mostly Ruatha Hold and Benden Weyr on Pern, after a 400-Turn Interval, medieval tech
Summary: Short version: Lessa becomes Weyrwoman and bring back dragons to fight Thread Continue reading
This is one of Miss Adventure’s Great Books of the Modern Age for her freshman year of high school. She had originally chosen The Interpretation of Dreams, but that is a whopping 600+ pages of interpretation. So, when I found out Freud had published a condensed version of that book, we decided the shorter version would be a better choice. As usual, I read alongside Miss Adventure so we could discuss the book.
Published: originally in 1901; my edition in 1952
Genre: nonfiction psychology essay
Length: 76 pages of text, 107 pages with an introduction to Freud and index
Summary: Short version: Dreams are never what they appear Continue reading
I wanted a middle grade book for March’s monthly challenge. I chose this one off the Time top 100 Fantasy book list. It’s a classic that I’ve never read, even though I was a kid when it was first published.
Genre: middle grade talking animal fantasy
Length: 351 pages
Setting: around Redwall Abbey in a medieval tech world
Summary: Short version: The inhabitants of Redwall Abbey must defend themselves from Cluny’s horde Continue reading
Subtitle: Requiem for Johnstown
Genre: YA historical fiction
Length: 321 pages
Font: Adobe Garamond Pro
Setting: Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 1889
Summary: Short version: The dam above Johnstown fails, flooding the town Continue reading
Genre: YA fantasy
Length: 626 pages
Setting: mostly the Night Court lands, right after the events of A Court of Thorns and Roses
Summary: Short version: Feyre allies with Rhysand to fight the King of Hybern Continue reading
Until I find myself another short story collection to review, I’m going back to reviewing some of the podcasts I listen to. 99% Invisible is book adjacent since they published a book last year (that I’ll be reviewing soon).
Brought to you by: Roman Mars; they are an independent podcast, but a member of the Radiotopia network of podcasts
Posting schedule: The podcast drops every Tuesday. If you want more 99pi in your life, you can also subscribe to their RSS feed and read their sporadic articles
Episode length: usually 30-45 minutes
Premise: At it’s heart, 99% Invisible is a design podcast. However, Mars focuses on the 99% of the design we tend not to notice. Generally, there will be an arc to whatever piece of design the episode is discussing in the first half of the show. (Recent episodes include such topics as the movie megaplex, license plates, and a bridge design that accidentally encouraged bat roosting.) After the big mid-episode commercial break, Roman Mars will come back with the editor that developed the episode for their favorite bit of information that didn’t fit the story.
My interest: This podcast is one of my favorites. It is full of moments that make me go “huh”, and then ask whoever is close by, “Did you know…” followed by whatever tidbit of information I just learned. I do have a penchant to learn how things work, and this is essentially how the design of everyday elements in our built environment works. Plus, Roman Mars has the best radio voice ever.
I saw this at the library and thought it looked interesting. I’m a sucker for a random graphic novel. Since I can generally read them in one sitting, I am willing to take a chance on whatever the library gets. Plus, I check them out in the hopes the library gets more.
Illustrator: Charlene Bowles
Genre: mythological middle grade graphic novel
Length: 63 pages
Setting: around Uxmal, Mexico, when the Mayan civilization was still dominant on the Yucatan Peninsula
Summary: Short version: Sayam challenges the king of Uxmal to his throne Continue reading