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Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

I’m not sure how I was made aware of this graphic novel, but it was an obvious choice once I saw it. I wish I could sort my library catalog by publisher because First Second (who published this book) has a lot of interesting graphic novels.

Published: 2017

Genre: fantastical graphic novel

Length: 166 pages

Setting: it felt like California, and parts of India, present day Continue reading


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Banker by Dick Francis

I’m in the middle of another 1000+ page book, and trying to keep up with Mr. Curiosity’s reading of Plato’s Republic, so I’m a bit behind on finishing books right now. That means, I’ve just got another old book review for today. This one I picked up at the library’s used book store (back when I was willing to bring more random books into the house). I recognized the author’s name and that was enough for me!

Published: 1982

Genre: thriller/mystery

Length: 341 pages

Setting: England, 1980s Continue reading

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Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

A friend of mine is a big fan of Gaiman. This was my first introduction to his writing. Interestingly, I recently listened to a full-cast adaptation of this book done by the BBC.

Published: 2005

Genre: fantastical fiction

Length: 334 pages

Setting: mostly London, but also a bit in Florida Continue reading

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Mobius by Christoph Weber

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: May, 2016 in Writers of the Future Vol 32

Genre: science fiction

Setting: a near future city on Earth

Summary: Liz is a detective with GeneCrime, looking for illegal gene-tweakers. She’s found a lab that seems a bit more sophisticated than usual. She’s attacked by what she thought was a corpse on a table within the lab. She wakes up four days later under the care of her father, a physician. Turns out, he’s figured out how to repair a person’s DNA to a pristine state, which can also return them from the dead. She has the last remaining sample of Mobius and must decide whether to destroy it, killing several people (including herself and her previously thought dead mother) because they won’t have access to Mobius, or allow the illegal virus to be used.

Final thoughts: Weber leaves the resolution of the story completely up in the air. He sets up a world where gene-tweaking is easy and just as often deadly as helpful. Liz is dead-set against all gene-tweakers, since that was how her mother was killed. Come to find out, it’s her father’s lab she’s raiding. He’s cured death with his special, gene-tweaked virus – isn’t it awesome! Liz isn’t convinced. So, he lays on the guilt. If you destroy the sample, you’ll kill his colleague. Not enough? You’ll kill yourself, since you’re infected with the same lethal virus he’s got. Not enough? You’ll kill your mother, that you didn’t realize I’d raised from the dead. And then the reader is left to wonder if that’s enough or she’ll just destroy it. If she wipes out the sample of Mobius, her father’s just going to create more, perhaps not in enough time to save the three people who’s lives are on the line, but he’s still got all his research.

Title comes from: Liz’s father named his virus Mobius, after the Mobius strip and the possibility of living forever.

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Relish by Lucy Knisley

I saw this graphic novel at the library and picked it up. It looked a bit different from the typical fantastical story told in graphic novel.

Subtitle: My Life in the Kitchen

Published: 2013

Genre: graphic novel nonfiction memoir

Length: 173 pages

Setting: various places within the U.S., 1960s to the present Continue reading

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Helen of Troy by Margaret George

I picked this up from the library because it was historical fiction. As a bonus, I enjoy the Greek myths.

Published: 2006

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 611 pages

Setting: ancient Greece and Troy Continue reading

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The Fruit Bowl Project by Sarah Durkee

I saw this described somewhere and was intrigued. I thought it would make a good read aloud and picked it up from the library.

Published: 2006

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 153 pages

Setting: a New York City middle school, present day Continue reading

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