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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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The Penelope Qingdom by Aidan Moher

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: December, 2016 in Mothership Zeta

Genre: fantasy

Setting: Prince George, Canada, 1980s

Summary: Penelope Qing and her family move in next door to Ivan and his moms. They’re the same age, 11, and meet when Ivan’s moms introduce themselves. Penelope takes Ivan down into her basement to show him the Penelope Kingdom – a fantastical medieval world made of various dolls, action figures, household items, and buildings. The amazing thing is it comes to life in Penelope’s presence. We even get excerpts from a history book from the kingdom sprinkled throughout the story. Ivan and Penelope play down there for years, although at the end of middle school he becomes more interested in kissing Penelope than playing. However, when Penelope’s family moves right before high school, he’s willing to set up a colony in his basement.

Final thoughts: This was a delightful story. Penelope and Ivan have an imaginary world they’ve put together in Penelope’s basement that is real, at least when Penelope is there. Luckily, they both enjoyed playing in the world, although Ivan started growing out of it before Penelope did. There was an impressive progress of time, since several years pass in the story. We get just enough detail to know time is passing, but not so much to make it boring. At the end, it looks like Ivan and Penelope will just be memories to each other. However, online gaming is just starting, so it’s possible they will connect in a MUD instead of just fading away.

Title comes from: Penelope was King of her fantasy world, so it was called Penelope’s Kingdom. Her name was Penelope Qing (pronounced King), so Ivan made it a play on her name – Penelope’s Qingdom.

 

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Smooth Stones and Empty Bones by Bennett North

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: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction January/February 2016

Genre: fantasy

Setting: a small town, present day

Summary: Helena’s girlfriend’s brother, Javi, has been lost in the woods for several days. Everyone’s worried he’s dead. Helena decides to share a secret with Mariposa – she has a box of rocks that can bring someone back from the dead, at least for a while. (Helena’s mother is a witch.) However, when Javi’s found, he’s been dead too long for the rocks to work fully. Mariposa wants to use more rocks, but Helena needs them for herself.

Final thoughts: What starts out as a standard story (impress your girlfriend with a trick) adds a little weirdness (the trick is bringing something back from the dead) and then a big twist (Helena’s only alive because of the rocks). It was a very satisfying twist that explained several details provided at the beginning of the story. I really enjoyed the story!

Title comes from: The rocks are small, smooth river stones and they animate even skeletons into a semblance of life.

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What I Will Be Reading #34: Something For Everyone

I’ve got new books to add to all the reading lists this week. Let’s start with my books. Unbound Worlds had two posts about books to read from different decades, the 1980s and the 1990s. I pretty much want to read any series from the lists I haven’t read yet. For the 1980s, I’ve only read Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn (in fact, I happen to own the book). I have started the Belgariad series, starting with Pawn and Prophecy, by David Eddings. I think the same week I saw this post, my friend strongly recommended the book. I’ve read quite a few of the 1990s recommendations, although most of them I haven’t read in over a decade. We’ll see if I revisit any of them for my next reread challenge.

A book for me and Mr, Curiosity is Any Weir’s new book, Artemis. I loved The Martian so much, I’d pretty much read anything by him, but the Penguin Random House newsletter that brought the book to my attention described it as a heist story set on the moon. Yes please! By the way, if you follow that link before October 10th, you can be entered into a sweepstakes to win a bunch of books from NYC Comic Con, including this one.

And for Miss Adventure (but I’m pretty sure Mr. Curiosity and I would enjoy the books as well), I’ve got The Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu, the first book in the Cronus Chronicles. This is a Greek mythology/Percy Jackson read-alike. With as much as we all enjoy the Percy Jackson series, another book full of Greek mythology is always a safe bet. A post on Lifehacker about how to get boys to read girls’ books brought this to my attention.

So, how do the books look to you? Anything else I should put on my reading list or share with my kids?

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Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings

A friend let me borrow this book. It’s the first book in The Belgariad series that was his favorite when he was Mr. Curiosity’s age. I’ve never read it, but it showed up on a list of classic series from the 1980s, so I decided to read it after Mr. Curiosity.

Published: 1982 (which is why it’s on a 1980s list)

Genre: sword and sorcery fantasy

Length: 262 pages

Setting: mostly Algoria in a medieval-type setting Continue reading

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The Three Dancers of Gizari by Tamara Vardomskaya

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: February 2016 in Beneath Ceaseless Skies where you can read or listen to the story for free

Genre: fantasy

Setting: it felt like a Middle Eastern country, with airplanes and taxis, but no cell phones Continue reading

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