The Call of Chewing Gum by Russell Reed

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: July, 2016 in Mothership Zeta: Issue 4

Genre: fantasy

Setting: Darienburg, Connecticut, present day Continue reading

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Ravens of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson

This is the sixth book in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Avalon series that started with The Mists of Avalon. I’ve always enjoyed Bradley’s writing and picked that book up a while ago. Paxson finished up the series when Bradley died. I happened to see this book at the library when it first came out and picked it up, even though I hadn’t read all the intervening books.

Published: 2007

Genre: historical fantasy

Length: 394 pages

Setting: first century Britain Continue reading

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Sleipnir by Linda Evans

When I first got a Kindle, my husband loaded it with a bunch of ebooks published by Baen books, and this was one of them. I needed a random book from my Kindle to read while we were on another bike trip. I picked it solely based on the title.

Published: 1994

Genre: military urban fantasy

Length: 336 pages

Setting: a cave in Scandinavia in the 1990s and the Middle East sometime before that Continue reading

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The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

This is the second book in the Trials of Apollo series. I didn’t think the first book was quite as good as Riordan’s other series, but I still enjoyed it enough to read this book. It helps when it’s in the house for the kids to read.

Published: 2017

Genre: middle grade urban fantasy

Length: 401 pages of text, 414 pages with glossary

Setting: mostly Indianapolis, soon after the events of The Hidden Oracle Continue reading

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Rubbing is Racing by Charles Payseur

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: June, 2015 in Lightspeed Magazine

Genre: science fiction

Setting: a doomed planet, some time in the future Continue reading

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Fire in the Mist by Holly Lisle

I picked a random book off my Kindle to read during our family bike trip. I checked to make sure this was at least the first book in a series, but knew nothing else about it when I started.

Published: 1992

Genre: fantasy

Length: 291 pages Continue reading

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Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

I was looking for an audiobook for a short trip. I used the CommonSense list of 50 books every child should read by age 12 as a starting point to see if the library had any of them. This was the perfect length for our trip.

Published: 1994

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 280 pages

Setting: various locations within the U.S., 1990s Continue reading

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