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A reader of many books.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

I’m not sure exactly where I heard about this book, but I know I put it on my list because it’s about a bookstore. Books about books or bookstores are one of my favorite subgenres.

Published: 2012

Genre: fiction

Length: 288 pages

Setting: mostly San Fransisco and New York City, present day Continue reading

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The End of All Things by John Scalzi

This is the sixth book in the Old Man’s War series that I’m trying to finish up this year.

Published: 2015

Genre: military science fiction

Length: 380 pages

Setting: various location in the Galaxy, far future, soon after the events of The Human Division Continue reading

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Another Word for World by Ann Leckie

Sorry I didn’t get a weekend post up. Miss Adventure and I went to a contra dance Saturday night and then we had a soccer tournament for Mr. Curiosity most of Sunday. Today, I have the last story in theĀ Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft anthology (still free for the Kindle!) by Ann Leckie. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this story since I loved her Imperial Radch trilogy.

Published: 2015

Genre: science fiction

Setting: an exoplanet, far future Continue reading

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Airburst by Steven L. Thompson

It’s another old book review tonight. This one comes from a book I picked up at the library’s used book sale.

Published: 1988

Genre: thriller/action fiction

Length: 230 pages

Setting: various locations around the world, 1980s Continue reading

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Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin

This book has been at the top of my To Be Read list for a long time (more than a year). I finally got tired of staring at it each time I went to choose a new book.

Subtitle: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

Published: 2011

Genre: nonfiction food and agriculture

Length: 351 pages of text, 361 pages total Continue reading

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Smoke and Shadows by Tanya Huff

I’m still recovering my book review buffer from the long read that was Winter of the World. So, it’s another old book review for today. This one I heard about from a podcast that is now defunct. They did an author interview with Huff and I decided to pick up one of her books from the library.

Published: 2004

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 416 pages

Setting: Vancouver, Canada, present day Continue reading

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Sparg by Brian Trent

Art by Melissa Mead

This is the next story included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology.

Published: August, 2013 in Daily Science Fiction

Genre: science fiction

Setting: Mars, near future

Summary: Sparg, which we slowly learn is a pet octopus (or something like that) on Mars, is going through the motions of creating breakfast to bring its owners back. It doesn’t like being alone, and it desperately hopes its actions will return things to the way they were. Unfortunately, we learn the family left suddenly because of an attack on Mars and isn’t likely to return any time soon.

Final thoughts: An interesting viewpoint for a basic story. You start our trying to figure out why the narrator is having such a hard time making pancakes. Through flashbacks, we slowly piece together the setting and why the creature is making breakfast. Ultimately, it’s quite a sad story – Sparg was left behind, with no knowledge of why the family left or when it will come back, but it really hopes they do come back. But the reader knows the family won’t be coming back, and Sparg is left with its OCD, trying to recreate just the right conditions to bring them back.

Title comes from: The name of the pet who was our narrator for the story.

 

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