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Spectrum of Acceptance by Nyla Bright

This was an EscapePod episode that I loved so much, I decided to write it up.

Published: July, 2019 on EscapePod (you can either listen to or read the story at that link)

Genre: science fiction

Setting: Acceptance, a human colony on an exoplanet, future

Summary: Short version: A neurotypical immigrant from Earth doesn’t adjust well to life on Acceptance Continue reading


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The Imitation Game by Jim Ottaviani

I saw this book reviewed somewhere online and immediately requested it from our library. I’m intrigued by Alan Turing and wanted to learn more about him.

Subtitle: Alan Turing Decoded

Illustrator: Leland Purvis

Published: 2016

Genre: nonfiction graphic novel biography

Length: 234 pages

Setting: England, early to mid-1900s

Summary: Short version: A biography of Alan Turing’s life Continue reading

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Apocalypse Taco by Nathan Hale

This was one of the graphic novels on the CommonSense Media list of recommended graphic novels. I was looking for something we hadn’t read that I could borrow from the library.

Published: 2019

Genre: science fiction graphic novel

Length: 128 pages

Setting: a random town, present day

Summary: Short version: A group of kids have to save the town from out of control replicators Continue reading

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Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon

At this point, I’d read all of Gabaldon’s Outlander series and wanted to see what she was doing with some of the minor characters from the series.

Published: 2003

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 301 pages

Setting: London, 1757

Summary: Short version: Lord John has several matters to resolve now that he’s back in London Continue reading

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11/22/63 by Stephen King

This year, Mr. Curiosity added a “starts with a number” category to our Reading the Alphabet Challenge. I decided to read this one to fulfill that category since it’s a non-horror Stephen King. I enjoy his writing, but I find horror too scary. So, I have to pick and choose which of King’s books I can read.

Published: 2011

Genre: time travel fantasy

Length: 849 pages

Setting: Derry, Maine, and parts of Texas, 1958-1963 and present day

Summary: Short version: Jake goes back in time to prevent the Kennedy assassination Continue reading

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The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester

I was looking for an audiobook to listen to while I work outside since I’m burning through my podcasts. This came highly recommended by the Modern Mrs. Darcy and was available.

Subtitle: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Published: 1998

Genre: nonfiction history

Length: 242 pages

Setting: mostly England, around Oxford, 1850s-1910s

Summary: Short version: Check out the subtitle Continue reading


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Robots vs. Fairies, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

One of the stories in this collection was nominated for a Locus Award. I got the collection to read that story and ended up reading all of them. The collection itself was also nominated for a Locus Award.

Published: 2018

Genre: science fiction and fantasy short story collection

Length: 362 pages of stories, 373 pages total

Setting: various locations, mostly on Earth

Summary: Short version: Stories by various authors featuring either robots or fairies, and sometimes both Continue reading

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