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Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare fits in the medieval time period we’re covering this year in homeschooling. This was the play Mr. Curiosity chose to read. I read it along with him. I think this is my first time experiencing Hamlet.

Published: 1600

Genre: classic play

Length: I have a book that contains all of Shakespeare’s works. This took up 41 pages of double-columned text in that book

Setting: Denmark, late 1500s

Summary: Short version: Death, betrayal, and madness in the high courts of Denmark Continue reading

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The Realms of the Gods by Tamora Pierce

Miss Adventure got me reading the Protector of the Small series which takes place after the events in this series. I decided to make an effort to finish listening to this book (which I’ve had on my plate for months), the fourth book in the Immortals series.

Published: 1996

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 347 pages

Setting: mostly the Divine Realms and a bit of Tortall, soon after the events of Emperor Mage

Summary: Short version: A final confrontation between the powers of Chaos and Order Continue reading

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Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett

This is the tenth Discworld book. I read it while I was on San Salvador. I like to read Discworld books when I travel since there are so many of them and they’re not too taxing to read.

Published: 1990

Genre: fantasy

Length: 396 pages

Setting: Holy Wood, near Ankh-Morpork

Summary: Short version: Holy Wood magic is creeping back into the world, bring beings from beyond reality Continue reading

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Dragon Harper by Anne and Todd McCaffery

It’s a book about dragons and Pern, so of course I’m interested. It is the third book in a series, though, so start with Dragon’s Kin if you’re interested.

Published: 2008

Genre: fantasy

Length: 299 pages

Setting: mostly Harper’s Hall, soon after the events of Dragon’s Fire

Summary: Short version: Life as an apprentice in Harper Hall, with a plague Continue reading

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The Aeneid by Virgil

I chose this as a book for Mr. Curiosity to read for his study of Ancient History this year. I read it alongside him so we could discuss it together.

Translator: Robert Fagles

Published: originally around 30 BCE; this edition in 2006

Genre: classic historical fiction epic poetry

Length: 386 pages of text, 484 pages total

Setting: various locations within the Mediterranean Sea, after the Trojan War

Summary: Short version: Aeneas and his men travel the Mediterranean to found Rome Continue reading

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Water into Wine by Joyce Chng

I was provided a copy of the book by the publisher to review, although my opinions are all my own.

Published: today! 2017

Genre: science fiction novella

Length: 92 pages

Setting: Tertullian VI, not too far future Continue reading

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Online War by Frances Silversmith

online-war-coverContinuing my reading through the alphabet of short stories provided in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology:

Published: March, 2013 in The Grantville Gazette, Volume 36

Genre: science fiction

Length: 12 pages

Setting: near future Greece

Summary: Tensions are rising in Nicosia, and it looks like Greece and Turkey might go to war. If bullets start flying, it is likely nuclear missiles will fly next. Basil and Daphne are just two ordinary people (with some computer skills) who decide to do something to prevent a nuclear holocaust. Basil is able to hack into the neural interfaces (NIFs) of all the leaders in conflict. Daphne then locks their NIFs into a very realistic war simulation game her company has developed. They record the actions of the leaders and show it to the world.

Final thoughts: An interesting enough story. I liked the fact that Basil was able to hack everyone’s NIFs because he’s using old tech (a desktop computer) that is able to access all the underlying protocols to the apps the NIFs use. There was a bit of a love story developing between Basil and Daphne that I’m not sure I really bought. It was along the lines of “Let’s get some action before the end of the world” and it felt just as passionate. While the world was about to end in a nuclear disaster, I didn’t really feel the tension in the story. It felt more clinical than anything.

Title comes from: The war ended up being fought in an online app, and not in real life.

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