A friend gave me a copy of this book to read. I don’t usually read short story collections, but he seemed so passionate about the author and the stories that I was willing to try it. Since it is a short story collection, I’ll summarize each story and then give my overall impressions.
Genre: fiction short stories, with occasional science fictional elements
Length: 251 pages
Setting: various present day settings in the U.S. Continue reading
I was looking through the library’s shelves for an author whose last name started with I for my Reading the Alphabet Challenge and this title caught my eye. I was in the mood for some historical fiction in a non-Western setting and decided to try it.
Genre: historical fiction
Length: 383 pages
Setting: what is now Mongolia, 1200s Continue reading
This book got a lot of buzz when it was translated into English, including winning the Hugo. I was interested because it was Chinese science fiction, and felt like some science fiction next.
Published: 2006 in Chinese, 2014 in English
Genre: science fiction
Length: 399 pages
Setting: China in the late 1960s and present day Continue reading
It’s the second book in the Belgariad series, but I read it so quickly after the first book mainly because it gets me a Q in my Title Reading the Alphabet Challenge. Now I don’t have to scour the library shelves for Q books!
Genre: sword and sorcery fantasy
Length: 326 pages
Setting: Arednia, Tolnedra, and Nyissa, immediately following the events of Pawn of Prophecy Continue reading
This is the fourth book in the Outlander series I’m rereading this year.
Genre: historical fiction with time travel
Length: 880 pages
Setting: around Charleston, South Carolina, 1767-1770, and England, 1969 Continue reading
It’s a book written by a favorite author on a topic I enjoy. Of course I was going to read it! And maybe pass it on to the kids as well.
Length: 283 pages of story, 297 pages with glossary
Setting: Mostly Midgard, before the start of history Continue reading
Chan writes the webcomic PHD Comics that I follow. As he was writing this book, Chan provided regular updates, so I knew when it came out. I thought Mr. Curiosity might enjoy the light-hearted, yet scientific tone I expected based on the comics.
Subtitle: A Guide to the Unknown Universe
Genre: nonfiction science
Length: 340 pages of text, 354 pages total Continue reading