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The Killing Game by Iris Johansen

I needed a quick read and have enjoyed her books before so I decided to pick up the first book involving Eve my library had. I managed to find the second book.

Published: 1999

Genre: thriller

Length: 355 pages

Setting: Georgia, present day Continue reading


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Tenth of December by George Suanders

A friend gave me a copy of this book to read. I don’t usually read short story collections, but he seemed so passionate about the author and the stories that I was willing to try it. Since it is a short story collection, I’ll summarize each story and then give my overall impressions.

Published: 2013

Genre: fiction short stories, with occasional science fictional elements

Length: 251 pages

Font: Sabon

Setting: various present day settings in the U.S. Continue reading

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The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

This book got a lot of buzz when it was translated into English, including winning the Hugo. I was interested because it was Chinese science fiction, and felt like some science fiction next.

Published: 2006 in Chinese, 2014 in English

Genre: science fiction

Length: 399 pages

Setting: China in the late 1960s and present day Continue reading

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Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

This is the fourth book in the Outlander series I’m rereading this year.

Published: 1997

Genre: historical fiction with time travel

Length: 880 pages

Setting: around Charleston, South Carolina, 1767-1770, and England, 1969 Continue reading


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When We Were Worthy by Mary Beth Mayhew Whalen

This is the SheReads network book for September. I received a free copy of the book but all my opinions are my own.

Published: 2017

Genre: fiction

Length: 278 pages

Setting: Worthy, a small town in Texas, present day Continue reading

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One More Star, Shining by Anthea Sharp

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: 2016 in the anthology Beyond the Stars: At Galaxy’s Edge

Genre: science fiction

Setting: an asteroid mining colony above the planet Doralfi, far future

Summary: Liza and her girlfriend Selina are making vacation plans  to get away from their difficult mining job. Selina heads down to the planet first and is killed in a shooting at a dance club. Liza makes plans to move away from her mining job and do something better with her life.

Final thoughts: I was amazed how much character building Sharp was able to sneak in to her story without making it feel like an infodump. I felt sorry Liza. She obviously had an easier life at one point and gave it up for a chance at agency. She’s finally found something wonderful (Selina), and that’s taken from her in a random act of violence. My favorite part was how Liza started to heal by playing music. I have also found that playing the piano and even listening to music can be very emotional, and provides a method of healing.

Title comes from: I’m not sure. Maybe it refers to Selina as being a star, shining brightly in Liza’s life?

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Real Friends by Shannon Hale

I saw this on a list of graphic novels put out by CommonSense media and thought it would be a good one for the kids to read. And, once it’s in the house, I might as well read it too.

Artist: LeUyen Pham

Published: 2017

Genre: middle grade graphic novel fictionalized memoir

Length: 213 pages

Setting: Salt Lake City, 1979-1986 Continue reading

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