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Dragon Avenger by E. E. Knight

This is the second book in the Age of Fire series, following Dragon Champion.

Published: 2006

Genre: fantasy

Length: 372 pages

Setting: the Age of Fire world, concurrent with Dragon Champion

Summary: Short version: Wistala gets revenge on the dwarves that attacked her nest Continue reading

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Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

This is the 13th book in the Discworld series, and the last book I started on vacation. It’s also made the BBC’s The Big Read list.

Published: 1992

Genre: fantasy

Length: 400 pages

Setting: Omnia, a smallish nation on Discworld

Summary: Short version: Om, reincarnated as a tortoise, is trying to regain his godly powers Continue reading

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Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

This was a book on my Kindle. I’m sure I put it there because of my enjoyment of Little Brother. I needed something other than Discworld to read on vacation.

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction

Length: 384 pages

Setting: mostly Canada, near future

Summary: Short version: A new society develop by walking away from the economic rat race Continue reading

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A Fistful of Warlocks by Jim Butcher

Mr. Curiosity found a new Jim Butcher Dresden Files book of short stories (Brief Cases) while we were on vacation. He convinced me we needed a copy. I am going to try to restrain myself and read one a week for a while. We’ll see how long that lasts before I break down and read them all in a row.

Published: originally in 2017 in Straight Outta Tombstone

Genre: weird western short story

Length: 28 pages

Setting: Dodge City, Kansas, late 1800s

Summary: Short version: Anastasia Luccio goes after some warlocks in Dodge City with the help of Wyatt Earp Continue reading

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Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

This is the 12th book in the Discworld series. I’ve been reading them on vacation since they’re so light and all on my Kindle. As a bonus, it’s one of the BBC’s The Big Read books.

Published: 2002

Genre: fantasy

Length: 374 pages

Setting: mostly in Genua on Discworld

Summary: Short version: Magrat, Nanny Ogg, and Granny Weatherwax disrupt Lilith’s perfect story Continue reading

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A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

I wanted a change of genre and have been meaning to read the next book in the Inspector Gamache series (this is the second book). Plus, it’s set outside the U.S.

Published: 2006

Genre: murder mystery

Length: 311 pages

Setting: Three Pines and Montreal, Quebec, present day, after the events of Still Life

Summary: Short version: Inspector Gamache solves the mystery of who killed CC de Poitiers Continue reading

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Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

I had The Scar on my TBR list, but it turns out I’d already read it. This is the first book in the New Crobuzon series.

Published: 2000

Genre: fantasy

Length: 710 pages

Setting: New Crobuzon, in a pre-Industrial Revolution-technology world

Summary: Short version: Isaac feels responsible for releasing slake-moths on the city Continue reading

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