I saw this book listed somewhere as a good kid’s book and was excited to see it was available as an audiobook. It was a perfect length for our 7-hour trip to Philadelphia. It’s also the first book in a four book series, so we should have more books to listen to!
Genre: middle grade fantasy
Length: 290 pages
Setting: on the continent of Skree in the world of Aerwiar, early industrial society Continue reading
This is the third book in the Belgariad series that I am determined to finish this year so I can return the books to my friend.
Genre: sword and sorcery fantasy
Length: 307 pages
Setting: traveling from Maragor to the Vale of Ardur to Ulgo and Cthol Murgos, following the events of Queen of Sorcery Continue reading
This is the second book in the Queen of Hearts saga. Miss Adventure and I listened to the first book together, and the second book made a good accompaniment on the way to another gymnastics meet.
Genre: YA fantasy
Length: 336 pages
Setting: various locations within Wonderland outside of the city, immediately after the events of Queen of Hearts Continue reading
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.
Complete title: Further Arguments In Support of Yudah Cohen’s Proposal to Bluma Zilberman
Published: May 2016 in Diabolical Plots (follow the link to read it online, or if you’d prefer to listen to the story, PodCastle ran it in December 2016)
Genre: fantastical fiction
Setting: Vilna (which, if it’s the city in Europe, is in Lithuania), it felt late 1800s-ish
Summary: The title is the shortest summary of the story. In Yudah’s letter to Bluma, we find out Yudah is not a fan of Hershel Schmulewitz, Bluma’s other marriage prospect. Yudah’s argument is: 1. he has better long-term prospects than Hershel, 2. he won’t be bringing annoying family members into the relationship, 3. Bluma doesn’t need to worry about having kids because Yudah is actually a woman, 4. he’s more handsome than Hershel, and 5. he’ll be the best one to keep the secret of Bluma’s werewolf mom since he’s so good at keeping his own secrets.
Final thoughts: This story starts out as nothing special. Yudah is trying to convince Bluma to marry him and has a list of why it would be a good idea. Then that list takes a bit of turn. OK, no annoying in-laws. That’s nice. And no chance of kids – how can you be so sure? Oh, because Yudah is missing some vital organs to make that happen. If Bluma really doesn’t want kids, this is the only sure-fire way for that to happen and still have sex. And then Yudah throws in the real kicker. He’d be the best husband to keep Bluma’s family’s secret about her mother. I hope Bluma could get over the fact that Yudah didn’t have male anatomy and marry him. Very enjoyable.
Title comes from: It’s descriptive of the plot
I’m not sure how I was made aware of this graphic novel, but it was an obvious choice once I saw it. I wish I could sort my library catalog by publisher because First Second (who published this book) has a lot of interesting graphic novels.
Genre: fantastical graphic novel
Length: 166 pages
Setting: it felt like California, and parts of India, present day Continue reading
A friend of mine is a big fan of Gaiman. This was my first introduction to his writing. Interestingly, I recently listened to a full-cast adaptation of this book done by the BBC.
Genre: fantastical fiction
Length: 334 pages
Setting: mostly London, but also a bit in Florida Continue reading