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A reader of many books.

Paladin’s Hope by T. Kingfisher

This is the third book in the Saints of Steel series that I found on Hoopla.

Published: 2021

Genre: fantasy

Length: 300 pages or 9 hours 7 minutes

Narrator: Joel Richards

Setting: in and around Anuket City, a bit after the events of Paladin’s Strength

Summary: Short version: Galen and Piper fall in love over the mystery of some dead bodies Continue reading

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His Family by Ernest Poole

This was the first book to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature.

Published: 1917

Genre: literature

Length: 299 pages

Setting: New York City, 1910s

Summary: Short version: Roger watches his family grow and change Continue reading

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Proof by Induction by Jose Pablo Iriarte

This is another short story nominated for a Hugo Award this year.

Published: 2021 in Uncanny Magazine (where you can read it for free online)

Genre: science fiction short story

Setting: generic future

Summary: Paulie proves a mathematical conjecture using technology to talk to his dead father, but it doesn’t fix his relationship. Continue reading

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The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat

This was a BBC Big Read book I could find on Hoopla to listen to.

Published: 1951

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 520 pages or 17 hours 48 minutes

Narrator: Simon Vance

Setting: England and the Atlantic Ocean, 1941-5

Summary: Short version: Life aboard a convoy ship escort during WWII Continue reading

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Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope

This was a Time Top Fantasy novel I saw at the used book store and decided to pick up.

Published: 2018

Genre: fantasy

Length: 370 pages

Setting: Mostly Elsira, an industrialized country

Summary: Short version: Jack and Jasminda must awaken the Queen Who Sleeps to stop the True Father Continue reading

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The Magician King by Lev Grossman

This is the second book in the Magicians series. I’m trying to finish a few series before I start new ones, but it’s so hard to remember to go back to a series.

Published: 2011

Genre: portal fantasy

Length: 400 pages

Setting: Fillory and various locations around Earth, two years after The Magicians

Summary: Short version: Quentin and Eliot are on a quest to save magic and Julia has changed Continue reading

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Salt by Mark Kurlansky

I was in the mood for some nonfiction in a science or science-adjacent topic and found Kurlansky.

Published: 2002

Genre: nonfiction history

Length: 449 pages of text, 484 pages total

Summary: Short version: A history of salt use and production around the world Continue reading

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Mr. Death by Alix E. Harrow

This is another short story nominated for a Hugo this year.

Published: February 2021 at Apex Magazine (you can read or listen to the story for free at that link)

Genre: fantasy short story

Setting: present day Earth

Summary: Our narrator is a Junior Reaper, but Sam keeps restarting a kid’s heart instead of leading his young soul across the river Continue reading

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Watchmen by Alan Moore

Since I’ve caught up on my current book reviews, I have time to post some of my old reviews. When I read this, it was just being made into a movie. I wanted to refresh my memory of the source material before I watched the movie.

Published: 1986

Genre: superhero graphic novel

Length: 1200 pages

Setting: alternate history US, 1985

Summary: Short version: Ozymandius prevents WWIII by staging an alien invasion Continue reading

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Alta by Mercedes Lackey

I picked this book off the library shelf because it was a book about dragons from a author I loved as a teen. I didn’t realize until I put it on GoodReads that it was the second book in the series. Luckily the jacket text had lots of details about the first book to fill me in.

Published: 2004

Genre: fantasy

Length: 402 pages

Setting: the city of Alta, an ancient Egypt-type location

Summary: Short version: Raising dragons from an egg changes the power dynamics in Alta Continue reading

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