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The Illustrated Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm

This is one of the Modern Library’s top 100 novels of the century (#59 on the list). This version happens to be illustrated by the author, as an extra bonus.

Published: this edition in 1985; originally in 1911

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 350 pages

Setting: Oxford, England, around the turn of the 19th century

Summary: Short version: The undergraduates at Oxford commit suicide when Zuleika doesn’t love them back Continue reading


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Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce

This is the fourth and final book in the Protector of the Small quartet. Miss Adventure has been asking when I was going to finish the series. I decided it’s been long enough since I read the last one that I was ready for another Tamora Pierce book.

Published: 2002

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 411 pages of story, 431 pages total

Setting: mostly the northern border of Tortall, 460 HE, soon after the events of Squire

Summary: Short version: Kel commands a refugee camp and has to rescue them from Scanrens Continue reading

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Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

This is the 12th book in the Discworld series. I’ve been reading them on vacation since they’re so light and all on my Kindle. As a bonus, it’s one of the BBC’s The Big Read books.

Published: 2002

Genre: fantasy

Length: 374 pages

Setting: mostly in Genua on Discworld

Summary: Short version: Magrat, Nanny Ogg, and Granny Weatherwax disrupt Lilith’s perfect story Continue reading

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Spectrum of Acceptance by Nyla Bright

This was an EscapePod episode that I loved so much, I decided to write it up.

Published: July, 2019 on EscapePod (you can either listen to or read the story at that link)

Genre: science fiction

Setting: Acceptance, a human colony on an exoplanet, future

Summary: Short version: A neurotypical immigrant from Earth doesn’t adjust well to life on Acceptance Continue reading

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Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor

I’ve been hearing about the book as a great example of science fiction by a black author and decided to pick it up. Luckily, my library had the novellas collected into a single book.

Published: 2019 as a collection, 2015-2017 as novellas

Genre: 358 pages

Setting: mostly the desert African city of Himba, and the planet Oozma Uni

Summary: Short version: Binti’s event-filled life after she’s accepted to an off-world school Continue reading

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Squire by Tamora Pierce

This is the third book in the Protector of the Small series. I needed something a bit lighter to read, and this fit the bill (and was in the house).

Published: 2001

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 390 pages of story, 412 pages total

Setting: various locations in Tortall, 456-459, just after the events of Page

Summary: Short version: Kel’s adventures as squire to Lord Raoul Continue reading

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Mother of Invention by Nnedi Okorafor

This is the last Locus Award nominee for the 2019 short story category.

Published: February, 2018 at Slate (you can read it for free at the link provided)

Genre: science fiction

Setting: New Delta, a city in near future Nigeria

Summary: Short version: Anwuli doesn’t want to leave her house, even though a pollen storm is coming Continue reading

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