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The First Confirmed Case of Non-Corporeal Recursion: Patient Anita R. by Benjamin C. Kinney

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: June, 2016 in Strange Horizons (you can read it or listen to it at that link)

Genre: ghost story

Setting: near Chicago, present day, moving thirty years into the future

Summary: Our narrator, Anita, is a ghost stuck in the basement of her house repeating the last argument she had with her husband, Luis, before she died. Whenever she tries to leave and enters sun or moonlight, she vanishes. Anita tries to converse with the people who discover her, but she can only speak in sentences she said near her death. Only one person, Malati, tries to talk to Anita and discover how her ghost form works.

Final thoughts: An interesting story. We see the progression of Anita’s awareness of herself as a ghost and her attempts to communicate. Eventually, she’s able to make a sort of connection with Malati and she decides to help her stay with her girlfriend by proving her existence to the scientific community.

Title comes from: It actually makes more sense once you finish the story. The person referred to in the title is the narrator of the story.

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What I Will Be Reading #33: Mr. Curiosity’s Edition

It’s Mr. Curiosity’s time to add some books to the reading list. He got some great suggestions from a GeekMom summer reading list. The list is organized by age group, with an emphasis on middle grade and up. We got quite a few suggestions from the list, including:

Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale by Ashley Poston. This is a modern retelling of  Cinderalla, with a strong side of geekiness.


Norse Mythologyby Neil Gaimen. This was a no brainer. Both kids are loving Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, so this was a no-brainer. Miss Adventure wants to read this as well, although I might need to read it first to make sure it won’t scare her. It is a modern retelling of the Norse saga.


31 Days of Wonder by Tom Winter. I’m not sure what drew Mr. Curiosity to this book. It sounds like a good relationship story, more in the realistic fiction side of things.


The final book from this list is The Berlin Project by Gregory Benford. This is an alternate history book set during WWII. The basic premise of the book is the atomic bomb was ready for the D-Day invasion, and how would things have changed.


One last book to add from a different source: We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe by Jorge Chan and Daniel Whiteson. I became aware of this book by reading their webcomic, PhDComics. It looked like the book would be in the same vein as xkcd’s book, What If?. The authors discuss all the parts of the universe scientists still don’t have a complete explanation for, and provide our current best hypothesis. Plus there are lots of illustrations and amusing comics to keep you wading through the science.

And those are the new books for Mr. Curiosity, although I’ll probably end up reading several of them as well. Any others that a geeky 14-year old boy would enjoy? Tell me in the comments!

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Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

I read this book on vacation. While on vacation, I typically just bring my Kindle to read from. I managed to get an electronic version of all the Discworld novels before we left on vacation. They are perfect vacation reading – amusing, not too long, well written, and I don’t have to worry about “will this be any good”? This is the third book written in the Discworld series and the first of the Witches subseries.

Published: 1987

Genre: fantasy

Length: 228 pages

Setting: Discworld, mostly the Ramtop Mountains and the city of Ankh-Morpork Continue reading

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I’ve heard good things about this book in various places, but I put it on my TBR list after listening to episode 17 of the What Should I Read Next podcast. I decided it had been a while since I’d read a post-apocalyptic book and it was time to check it off my reading list.

Published: 2014

Genre: post-apocalyptic fiction

Length: 333 pages

Setting: various places in North America, near future Continue reading

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Two-Part Invention by Madeleine L’Engle

This is the fourth and final of L’Engle’s Crosswick Journals. I skipped the third one (The Irrational Season) because it focuses on L’Engle’s relationship to Christianity, and I’m just not interested in that topic, even if it is L’Engle writing.

Published: 1988

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 232 pages

Setting: Crosswicks in 1987, NYC in the 1960s Continue reading

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After Dark by Haruki Marakami

I found this in the new book stack at the library, back when it came out. I recognized the author’s name and picked up the book.

Translator: Jay Rubin

Published: 2004 for the original, 2007 for the translation

Genre: fiction

Length: 191 pages

Setting: Tokyo in the 2000s Continue reading

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Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

This is the third book in the Outlander series I’m rereading this year, following A Dragonfly in Amber.

Published: 1994

Genre: time travel/historical fiction

Length: 921 pages (so close to the coveted 1000+ pages tag!)

Setting: Inverness, 1968, and Scotland to France to the West Indies, 1746 Continue reading

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