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Tenth of December by George Suanders

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.

Published: 2013

Genre: fiction short stories, with occasional science fictional elements

Length: 251 pages

Font: Sabon

Setting: various present day settings in the U.S. Continue reading


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Genghis: Birth of a Nation by Conn Iggulden

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.

Published: 2007

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 383 pages

Setting: what is now Mongolia, 1200s Continue reading

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The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

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

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Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings

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!

Published: 1982

Genre: sword and sorcery fantasy

Length: 326 pages

Setting: Arednia, Tolnedra, and Nyissa, immediately following the events of Pawn of Prophecy Continue reading

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Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

This is the fourth book in the Outlander series I’m rereading this year.

Published: 1997

Genre: historical fiction with time travel

Length: 880 pages

Setting: around Charleston, South Carolina, 1767-1770, and England, 1969 Continue reading


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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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.

Published: 2017

Genre: mythology

Length: 283 pages of story, 297 pages with glossary

Setting: Mostly Midgard, before the start of history Continue reading

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We Have No Idea by Jorge Chan and Daniel Whiteson

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

Published: 2017

Genre: nonfiction science

Length: 340 pages of text, 354 pages total Continue reading

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