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A reader of many books.

Explorer by C. J. Cherryh

This is the third book in the second Foreigner trilogy that I bought at the library book sale (years ago now). I really enjoyed the first two books and had high hopes for the third.

Published: 2002

Genre: science fiction

Length: 408 pages

Setting: space around Reunion Station, soon after the events of Defender

Summary: Short version: Phoenix encounters aliens at Reunion Station Continue reading

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Genghis: Bones of the Hills by Conn Iggulden

This is the third book in the Conqueror series (following Lords of the Bow) I’m slowly making my way through to get an I author every year.

Published: 2009

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 397 pages of story, 405 pages with historical note

Setting: the Mongolian Empire, ~1220-1227

Summary: Short version: Genghis battles with the Arabs Continue reading

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The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

This is the third book in the Magisterium series. Miss Adventure is also reading the series so I was inspired to read the next book.

Published: 2016

Genre: middle grade urban fantasy

Length: 249 pages

Setting: the Collegium and Magisterium, just before the start of and first bit of their Bronze Year

Summary: Short version: In his Bronze Year, someone is still targeting Call Continue reading

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Curses by Jim Butcher

I’m slowly making my way through Jim Butcher’s collection of short stories, Brief Cases. This is the fifth story in that collection.

Published: first in Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy in 2011

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 28 pages

Setting: Chicago, between Small Favor and Turn Coat

Summary: Short version: Dresden is hired to look into the Cubs’ Billy Goat Curse Continue reading

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Don Quixote of La Mancha adapted by Ilan Stavans

I have the kids reading Don Quixote as their first piece of literature for the school year. I found this graphic novelization version of the book for Miss Adventure.

Illustrator: Roberto Weil

Published: originally in 1605, this version in 2018

Genre: graphic novel of literature

Length: 124 pages

Setting: mostly in the early 1600s Spain

Summary: Short version: Don Quixote has many adventures pretending to be a knight Continue reading

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The Illustrated Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm

This is one of the Modern Library’s top 100 novels of the century (#59 on the list). This version happens to be illustrated by the author, as an extra bonus.

Published: this edition in 1985; originally in 1911

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 350 pages

Setting: Oxford, England, around the turn of the 19th century

Summary: Short version: The undergraduates at Oxford commit suicide when Zuleika doesn’t love them back Continue reading

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Hannah’s Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson

I was looking for a book that would fill in a letter on my Reading the Alphabet challenge. I chose this one because it was set in Scandinavia, a part of the world I haven’t read about this year yet.

Published: originally in 1994, in translation in 1998

Genre: fiction

Length: 299 pages

Setting: on the border between Sweden and Norway, 1871-1990s

Summary: Short version: Descriptions of the lives of three women in successive generations Continue reading

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