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Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

I was looking for an audiobook for Miss Adventure and I to listen to as we travel to gymnastics meets. This had shown up on a list of good books for kids. As a bonus, it’s a Discworld book (#30) so I knew it would be good.

Published: 2004

Genre: fantasy

Length: 390 pages

Setting: the Chalk, part of Discworld with preindustrial technology Continue reading

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We Have No Idea by Jorge Chan and Daniel Whiteson

Chan writes the webcomic PHD Comics that I follow. As he was writing this book, Chan provided regular updates, so I knew when it came out. I thought Mr. Curiosity might enjoy the light-hearted, yet scientific tone I expected based on the comics.

Subtitle: A Guide to the Unknown Universe

Published: 2017

Genre: nonfiction science

Length: 340 pages of text, 354 pages total Continue reading

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Mort by Terry Pratchett

The Discworld books are pretty short, so I finished Equal Rites and still had a week of vacation left. On to the next Discworld book. Mort is the fourth book in the series, and the first book in the Death subseries. It’s also one of the BBC’s The Big Read books.

Published: 1987

Genre: fantasy

Length: 243 pages

Setting: various locations in Discworld Continue reading

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girls Beats Up the Marvel Universe by Ryan North

Whenever I look for good graphic novels for kids, Squirrel Girl is always high on the list of suggestions. Finally, the library had one of books in the system, so I requested it.

Artist: Erica Henderson

Published: 2016

Genre: superhero graphic novel

Length: 120 pages

Setting: the Marvel Universe, New York City Continue reading

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The Human Division by John Scalzi

This is the fifth book in the Old Man’s War series (which apparently I’ve only posted a review of the first book in the series – I’ll get to those other ones one of these days). It’s been out a few years now and I just never got around to it. I’m making an effort to finish those series this year.

Published: 2013

Genre: space opera science fiction

Length: 431 pages

Setting: various points in the Universe, soon after the events in The Last Colony Continue reading

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Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North

This was a book Mr. Curiosity found recently at the library. He had picked up To Be or Not To Be (a choose-your-own adventure version of Hamlet) last year and really enjoyed it. So, when he saw there was another similar book, he grabbed it.

Published: 2016

Genre: choose your own adventure fiction

Length: there are 476 pages in the book, but you’ll never read all of them

Setting: the world of Romeo and Juliet, which bounces around in time, depending on which adventure path you take Continue reading

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The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

Published: 2007

Genre: middle grade science fiction

Length: 426 pages

Setting: the U.S., present day

Interest: We needed an audiobook for a drive to Chicago. I was perusing the books available on the OverDrive app and saw this title. I vaguely recognized it and then realized from the description it was the basis for the movie Home. The kids and I enjoyed the movie (although I found Jim Parsons’ voice distracting) so I downloaded the book. Continue reading

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