Magician’s Gambit by David Eddings

This is the third book in the Belgariad series that I am determined to finish this year so I can return the books to my friend.

Published: 1983

Genre: sword and sorcery fantasy

Length: 307 pages

Setting: traveling from Maragor to the Vale of Ardur to Ulgo and Cthol Murgos, following the events of Queen of Sorcery Continue reading



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Johnny Rangers: Space Detective by Artie Cabrera

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: 2016 in The Cyborg Chronicles, although I can no longer find a link to it online

Genre: science fiction noir detective

Length: 31 pages

Setting: Gravity City, far future

Summary: Johnny Rangers is a vigilante, trying to keep the riffraff from taking over Gravity City. A hot dame comes to see him in a dive bar, with a story about being followed by some goons. He takes out the goons, but she still ends up dead. He suspects foul play and ends up taking out the bad guy who whacked her.

Final thoughts: Not my style of story. It definitely is a noir detective story. You’ve got the lonely detective, trying to push back the tide of organized crime, a beautiful woman who needs his help, a variety of goons with amusing names like Dickey Jets or Sinister Squid, and even a kid sidekick. The story felt like it was a piece of a larger work. The ending hinted of much larger machinations that weren’t resolved and I was just left confused.

Title comes from: It’s the name of the main character, written so you realize you’re getting a noir story


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Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes

This is the second book in the Queen of Hearts saga. Miss Adventure and I listened to the first book together, and the second book made a good accompaniment on the way to another gymnastics meet.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 336 pages

Setting: various locations within Wonderland outside of the city, immediately after the events of Queen of Hearts Continue reading


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A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

Miss Adventure had a gymnastics meet in Philadelphia this past weekend. It’s a seven-hour drive, so we decided to make a long weekend out of the trip, and make the drive worthwhile. That meant I didn’t get any posts up for a few days. But, it did give me time to finally finish this book. I’ve been reading it for weeks at this point (with three other books read in the middle of it). It’s a book from the BBC’s The Big Read, but I didn’t realize how long it was when I requested it.

Published: 1993

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 1349 pages

Font: Sabon

Setting: various parts of India, 1952-1953 Continue reading


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Modern Art in Detail by Susie Hodge

I saw this at the library in the new books section and thought it might work well for our homeschooling. We start each day by looking at and reading some commentary on a piece of art. I typically use an app (DailyArt), but sometimes I like to use a book instead.

Subtitle: 75 Masterpieces

Published: 2017

Genre: art book

Length: 319 pages of text, 335 pages total Continue reading


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Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

This is the second book in the Arc of a Scythe series that both Mr. Curiosity and I were thrilled to see at the library. He recognized the scythes on the cover. I recognized the font. We immediately had an argument over who would get to read the book first.

Published: 2018

Genre: science fiction

Length: 504 pages

Font: Bembo Std.

Setting: mostly MidMerica, soon after the events of Scythe Continue reading


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Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

I was looking for a book and recognized Gibson’s name. I decided to pick up the oldest Gibson book I could find in the library.

Published: 2003

Genre: speculative fiction

Length: 356 pages

Setting: mostly the U.S. but also various international locations, 2002 Continue reading


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