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The Road to Gandolfo by Robert Ludlum

This was a random book I picked up at the library’s used book sale solely because I recognized the author’s name.

Published: 1975

Genre: action/adventure

Length: 291 pages

Summary: Short version: A plot to kidnap the Pope and collect ransom fails Continue reading

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Mr. Curiosity wanted me to read some science fiction for a read aloud. My husband suggested this book, which is a classic and right in wheelhouse for the perfect length for a read aloud. Perfect choice!

Published: 1980

Genre: science fiction/humor

Length: 215 pages

Setting: various locations within the Galaxy, present to the time of writing

Summary: Short version: An unplanned trip off Earth leads to surprises Continue reading

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Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

I saw a blurb by Rick Riordan saying this was written in his style, but with Hindu mythology. Count me (and Miss Adventure) in!

Published: 2018

Genre: middle grade urban fantasy

Length: 343 pages of text, 355 pages with the glossary (that you should totally read because it’s just as funny as the book)

Setting: Savannah Georgia, and various Hindu Otherworld locations

Summary: Short version: Aru first imperils and then saves the world from the Sleeper Continue reading

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Here’s the Deal by Micah Edwards

This is Edwards’ second book. I highly enjoyed his first, Okay, So Look, and was thrilled to see he was continuing his retelling of the Bible with Exodus. I received a free copy of the book to review, but all of my opinions are my own.

Subtitle: A Humorous Retelling of the Book of Exodus (Bible: Faster, Funnier)

Published: 2018 (it comes out officially tomorrow)

Genre: religion novella

Length: 136 pages

Setting: Egypt and its surrounding areas, during the time of the Pharaohs

Summary: Short version: just look at the subtitle Continue reading

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A Human’s Life by George Nikolopoulos

This week promised to be the regular kind of busy instead of the crazy kind of busy, so I’m back to my usual blog posting schedule. As such, today’s post 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. It’s was also featured on an episode of StarShipSofa, if you prefer to listen to your short fiction as I do.

Genre: science fiction

Setting: the planet Pandaesia, far future

Summary: Short version: An alien’s guide to owning a human Continue reading

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Vacationland by John Hodgman

I heard Hodgman interviewed on NPR about this book. In that interview, he read a bit of one of his chapters and it made me laugh so much I knew I had to read the book. Go ahead and listen to the interview. If it makes you laugh, you should probably read the book as well.

Subtitle: True Stories from Painful Beaches

Published: 2017

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 257 pages

Setting: Maine and Massachusetts, recent past

Font: New Caledonia LT Std

Summary: In seven words or less: Amusing musings of Hodgman’s privileged life Continue reading

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Sourcery by Terry Pratchett

This is the fifth book in the Discworld series. Since I just finished Plato’s Republic, I wanted something a bit lighter to read. Pratchett definitely counts as lighter!

Published: 1988

Genre: fantasy

Length: 270 pages

Setting: various locations throughout Discworld, focusing on the Unseen University in Ankh-Morpork Continue reading

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