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
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.
Genre: historical paranormal romance
Length: 323 pages
Setting: Victorian London Continue reading
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.
Length: 390 pages
Setting: the Chalk, part of Discworld with preindustrial technology Continue reading
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)
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
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.
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
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.
Genre: science fiction
Length: 305 pages
Setting: the lunar colony of Artemis, near future Continue reading
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.
Length: 278 pages
Setting: Mid-20th century Africa, somewhere north of Uganda Continue reading