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Another Word for World by Ann Leckie

Sorry I didn’t get a weekend post up. Miss Adventure and I went to a contra dance Saturday night and then we had a soccer tournament for Mr. Curiosity most of Sunday. Today, I have the last story in theĀ Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft anthology (still free for the Kindle!) by Ann Leckie. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this story since I loved her Imperial Radch trilogy.

Published: 2015

Genre: science fiction

Setting: an exoplanet, far future Continue reading

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I had heard excellent things about a TV adaptation of the book, and decided I should check it out. I really enjoyed the first season, and was reminded the books were good. It’s been at least a decade since I started the series (before I started writing book reviews on what I read), so I decided it would be my reread for the year.

Published: 1991

Genre: historical fiction with time travel

Length: 627 pages

Setting: it starts in 1945, Scotland, but is mostly set in 1743, Scotland Continue reading

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Zebrafish by Sharon Emerson

I must have seen this book reviewed somewhere recently, and liked the premise enough to immediately put the book on hold at the library.

Artist: Renee Kurilla

Published: 2010

Genre: children’s realistic fiction graphic novel

Length: 120 pages

Setting: a generic University town, present day Continue reading

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Short stories by Bogi Takacs

These stories were included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology.

Recordings of a More Personal Nature

Published: November 2013 in Apex Magazine

Genre: fantasy

Setting: the Temple of some other world

Summary: Access to the Archives has suddenly become difficult. This is causing problems in completing administrative and political tasks. Archivists like Idriwu, who grew up accessing the Archives and therefore have part of their personalities within the Archive, are distraught to lose the connection. Even with aides (like drugs), access is becoming more difficult. Idriwu comes up with the idea of writing down the Archives so the information is still available when access to the Archives ends.

Final thoughts: An interesting concept that the culture would never have developed writing because they have perfect oral transmission of information via the Archive and the archivists. It certainly gives members of the Temple power, but no more than would be obtained if those were the only people who could read and write. I can’t believe any one person would be able to come up with a system of writing in a short time period, even starting with some rudimentary signs.

Title comes from: The assistant to Idriwu made the argument that the archivists should be allowed to make written recordings of their lives spent in the Archive as well as matters of state and history.

Mouse Choirs of the Old Matra

Published: July 2013 in Demeter’s Spicebox

Genre: fairy tale

Setting: the island plains in a distant past

Summary: A wise wizard who lives on the island plains makes friends with a mouse one day. When he feeds the mouse, she turns into a young maiden. The maiden decides to live with the wizard and they spend many happy days together. One day, the maiden decides she wants to marry, but only the best of the best. So, the wizard climbs on his trusty steed and looks to find the best of the best.

Final thoughts: This was a sweet story that followed a very traditional arc. I wasn’t surprised at any point in the story, which made it feel like I’d read it before, or at least something very similar.

Title comes from: When the maiden married, the mouse choirs sang for days under the mountain called Old Matra.


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Sabriel by Garth Nix

I saw this book listed a couple of years ago on a post from The Hub about strong female protagonists. I had actually requested it from the library in November for my N author last year, but it didn’t make it through the system until January. Now, instead of filling in that N author nearly last, I’ll get it nearly first!

Published: 1995

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 311 pages

Setting: various locations in the Old Kingdom and near the Wall in Ancelstierre, 1940s technology level Continue reading

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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

This book is mentioned often as a great book for kids and a great read aloud. I’ve never read it, so I decided to introduce myself and the kids to it by turning it into our family read aloud.

Published: 1975

Genre: middle grade realistic fantasy/intrusive fantasy

Length: 139 pages

Setting: Treegap, in a Southern state, late 1800s Continue reading

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To Dance by Siena Cherson Siegel

I happened to see this book at the library and picked it up. It’s subtitle is “A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel”, which sounded like something different from what we’ve seen in a graphic novel. So, I brought it home from the library.

Artist: Mark Siegel

Published: 2006

Genre: memoir graphic novel for children

Length: 64 pages

Setting: mostly New York City, late 1970s to the 1980s Continue reading

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