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The Last by Hannah Jameson

I saw a GeekDad post that described this book as a cross between Station Eleven and The Shining. I was intrigued, and decided I wanted to read it as my last book this year. That didn’t work out so well when it turned out I had already read the second library book I requested. But, it’s close to the last book I’ll read this year.

Published: 2019

Genre: post-apocalyptic fiction

Length: 340 pages

Setting: L’Hotel Sixieme, Switzerland, present day

Summary: Short version: Jon documents events at the hotel after nuclear war

Long version: Nuclear bombs were dropped on many large cities around the world. The people staying at L’Hotel Sixieme have to decide what to do. While many leave, a core group of people stay. That includes Dr. Jon Keller, a historian. He decides to make a record of events at the hotel going forward and tells some of the inhabitants’ stories before arriving at the hotel. They find a dead girl in a water tank and Jon starts investigating who she was and how she got there. Everyone else questions his desire to solve the mystery. Eventually, they end up moving to the nearby town.

Final thoughts: Another “just fine” book. I never really got drawn into the story (unlike with Station Eleven). None of the characters felt sympathetic. That was probably because everyone was stressed out and worried the world was coming to an end. They were in a remote location and so cut-off from news. What if they were the only ones left? How were they going to survive the winter? Even with all the supplies of a big hotel and not too many people, they would run out. The people who started hoarding first were at a definite advantage. Relationships begin to break down in their small community, and then they find out there’s a perfectly functioning society in the nearby town. All that stress and worry could have been avoided if they had been willing to leave their little bit of sanctuary.

A central plot line is Jon’s questions about the dead girl they found. He can’t understand why no one else want to learn more about who she was or how she got there. I wasn’t satisfied with the answer to that mystery. Jameson seemed to set up a theme of everyone was meant to be where they were. An then there was the whole subplot of Jon having a toothache and refusing to get it looked at. Why at that to the story? I found it annoying detail.

Title comes from: The people at the hotel thought they might be the last ones alive

Reading challenges fulfilled: book #99 for 2020

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House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Miss Adventure had read this book and loved it. I was in the mood for some fantasy and this book was in the house. It’s the first book in the Crescent City series, just published this spring (so now I have to wait for the next books to come out).

Published: 2020

Genre: fantasy

Length: 803 pages

Setting: Crescent City in a modern, magic-powered society

Summary: Short version: Bryce finds out the truth behind the death of her best friend Continue reading

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New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

This was provided by the Audiobook SYNC program for free this summer. I recognized the author and decided to listen.

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction

Narrators: Suzanne Toren, Robin Miles, Peter Ganim, Jay Snyder, Caitlin Kelly, Michael Crouch, Ryan Vincent Anderson

Length: 625 pages

Setting: New York City, 2140-3

SummaryShort version: The lives of nine people who live in the Met Life building in a drowned New York City Continue reading

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Peace Talks by Jim Butcher

This is the 16th book in the Dresden Files. It’s been six years since a book was published in the series. Of course I’m interested. I actually gave this to Mr. Curiosity and had to wait until he finished the book to read it. The best thing is book 17 is coming out at the end of this year. Two Dresden Files books in one year!!

Published: 2020

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 340 pages

Setting: Chicago, a bit after the events of Skin Game

Summary: Short version: Peace talks with the Fomor break down when a Titan shows up declaring war against humanity Continue reading

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Eve of Darkness by S. J. Day

This was a random book off my Kindle chosen in the hopes of not being too dark while on vacation. It was a free Tor book a few months back because there was a new book in the series published recently.

Published: 2009

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 344 pages

Setting: San Diego, California, present day

Summary: Short version: Eve receives the Mark of Cain, changing her whole life Continue reading

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Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

I put this on my radar because I saw it reviewed as an African Game of Thrones. Sign me up! It was in a small collection of books my library had for outdoor browsing so I picked it up.

Published: 2019

Genre: fantasy

Length: 620 pages

Setting: various locations around the North Lands, a pre-industrial society

Summary: Short version: Tracker shares stories of his adventures with an Inquisitor Continue reading

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Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

This is the sixth book in the Dresden Files series.

Published: 2004

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 372 pages

Setting: Chicago, a bit after the events of Death Masks

Summary: Short version: Harry has to break an entropy curse and avoid dying by a Black Court vampire Continue reading

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A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

I got an illustrated edition of this book for Christmas and decided it was high time to read it since the libraries are all closed due to the pandemic. It’s my third reread.

Published: 1996 for the original, 2016 for the illustrated edition

Genre: epic fantasy

Length: 843 pages of text, 878 with appendix

Font: Minion

Setting: various parts of Westeros

Summary: Short version: The peace of Westeros is shattered when Robert Baratheon dies Continue reading

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Justine by Lauwrence Durrell

This is the first book in the Alexandria Quartet, a four novel series that is one of the top 100 books of the century.

Published: 1957

Genre: fiction

Length: 195 pages

Setting: Alexandria, Egypt, around WWII

Summary: Short version: Reminiscences about the narrator’s life in Alexandria Continue reading

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Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald

This was a Tor free book that I picked randomly off my Kindle.

Published: 2015

Genre: science fiction

Length: 398 pages

Setting: near future Lunar colony with a flashback to Brazil

Summary: Short version: A feud between the Mackenzie and Corta families on the moon turns deadly Continue reading

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