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Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History by Bill Laws

I picked this book up from the library as a possible resource for Miss Adventure. She’s doing a project on the different sources of fabrics and their history. I read the pages on cotton to check and see if it would work for her, and got sucked into reading the whole book.

Published: 2010

Genre: science nonfiction

Length: 217 pages of text, 224 pages total

Summary: Short version: read the title again
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Wednesday’s Story by Wole Talabi

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 Lightspeed Magazine (read it for free here)

Genre: fairy tale/fantasy

Length: 11 pages

Setting: Nigeria, recent past, and an Otherworld

Summary: Short version: The story behind the “Solomon Grundy” nursery rhyme Continue reading

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Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen

I picked this up from the new book section at my library because the cover caught my eye. When I found myself unable to stop turning pages to read “just one more” comic, I decided to bring it home.

Subtitle: A Sarah’s Scribbles Collection

Published: 2018

Genre: graphic novel/comic collection

Length: 108 pages

Setting: Sarah’s life in NYC (although the location isn’t explicit), present day

Summary: Short version: Random scenes from Sarah’s neurotic, cat-filled life Continue reading

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Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

I’ve been following Laffery’s works ever since I found the Heaven seriesĀ  (starting with Heaven: Season One) on podiobooks. I knew I’d eventually read this one as soon as I heard Lafferty was writing it. I was in the mood for some science fiction so it seemed like the time to read the book.

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction murder mystery

Length: 364 pages

Setting: 2200s-2493 Earth and the spaceship Dormire

Summary: Short version: Closed room murder mystery involving clones Continue reading

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A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

This is the sixth book in the Outlander series. I’m trying to finish the series this year. That’s a lot of pages, though, so we’ll see. At least I get to start reading new ones with the next book in the series.

Published: 2005

Genre: historical fiction with a fantastical element

Length: 980 pages

Setting: mostly 1772-1776, Carolinas

Summary: Short version: Life in the Carolinas as war is beginning with time travel Continue reading

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Taking Care of Business by Victoria Sandbrook

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: September 2016 in Swords & Steam Short Stories

Genre: gothic fantasy (which is the theme of the short story collection)

Setting: Victorian steampunk England

Summary: Short version: A cyborg causes a sensation with its singing and dancing Continue reading

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Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

This was one of the Modern Library’s top 100 novels of the century.

Published: 1974

Genre: fiction

Length: 320 pages

Setting: mostly New York City, early 1900s

Summary: Short version: Family life in early 1900s New York City Continue reading

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