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The BFG by Roald Dahl

This is one of the BBC’s The Big Read books. Surprisingly, I’ve never read it. It was time to change that fact.

Published: 1982

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 208 pages

Setting: England, it felt like the mid-1900s

Summary: Short version: Sophie befriends a good giant and they stop the evil giants Continue reading


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Elite by Mercedes Lackey

This is the second book in the Hunter series. We started listening to this book as soon as we finished Hunter, driving around on vacation.

Published: 2016

Genre: YA post-apocalyptic fantasy

Length: 368 pages

Setting: immediately after the events of Hunter, around Apex

Summary: Short version: Joy joins the Elite Hunters and takes on bigger monsters Continue reading

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Freehold by Michael Williamson

This was a random book off my Kindle, picked to be sci-fi instead of fantasy.

Published: 2004

Genre: military sci-fi

Length: 688 pages

Setting: Earth and the planet Freehold, future

Summary: Short version: A modern-day Heinlein story full of guns and sex Continue reading

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Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

My husband picked this book as an audiobook for the family trip to Quebec because it sounded similar to the Hunger Games series. I was happy with the choice because I read and enjoyed lots of Mercedes Lackey as a teen.

Published: 2015

Genre: YA fantasy/post-apocalyptic

Length: 374 pages

Setting: Mostly around Apex, a near future Washington D.C.

Summary: Short version: Hunting fairy monsters with politics Continue reading

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The Girl With the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

My mother recommended this book as a potential book club book, but there weren’t enough in the library system for that to work. There was an ebook, though, that I could read on vacation.

Published: 1999

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 233 pages

Setting: Delft, 1664-1676

Summary: Short version: It’s the women who suffer because of a genius in their lives Continue reading

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The Minotaur’s Wife by Thomas K. Carpenter

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: September 2016 in Galaxy’s Edge: Issue 22

Genre: urban fantasy short story

Setting: a diner between Albuquerque and Durango, present day

Summary: Short version: All is not what it seems at breakfast in the diner Continue reading

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The Martian Obelisk by Linda Nagata

Instead of my usual short fiction this Monday, I thought I’d review the short story Locus Award winner for 2018.

Published: July, 2017 at Tor (you can read it for free at that link)

Genre: science fiction short story

Setting: future Earth and Mars

Summary: Short version: Even when things look dire, there is still hope Continue reading

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