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Squalor and Sympathy by Matt Dovey

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: May 2016 in Writers of the Future Vol 32; it was also a PodCastle episode, if you prefer to listen to your short fiction

Genre: steampunk fantasy

Setting: Victorian England with magic

Summary: Short version: The Industrial Revolution driven by need-based magic Continue reading


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North! or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson

This is the second book in the Wingfeather Saga. We had a bit of a trip and needed an audiobook, so I thought this would work for us.

Published: 2009

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 331 pages

Setting: various locations on Skree, just after the events of On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

Summary: Short version: The Igibys unsuccessfully look for safety in the Ice Prairies Continue reading

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On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

I saw this book listed somewhere as a good kid’s book and was excited to see it was available as an audiobook. It was a perfect length for our 7-hour trip to Philadelphia. It’s also the first book in a four book series, so we should have more books to listen to!

Published: 2008

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 290 pages

Setting: on the continent of Skree in the world of Aerwiar, early industrial society Continue reading


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The Burning by J.P. Seewald

This is a new publication (it comes out today!) from Annorlunda Books, a small press publisher. I received a free copy of the story to review, but my comments are my own opinion.

Published: 2017

Genre: short fiction

Length: 136 pages

Setting: a fictional version of Centralia, Pennsylvania, 1975 Continue reading

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Solo by Kwame Alexander

This was reviewed on The Hub in a post about books in verse. We’ve read several other Kwame Alexander books and loved them, so I was happy to hear he had a new book out. I decided to listen to this one as an audiobook for two reasons. First of all, I wanted to hear a book in verse read by someone else to hear if I was doing it correctly. Secondly, there are five original songs included in the audio version of this book, and I wanted to hear them.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA fiction in verse, diverse voices

Length: 320 pages

Setting: Hollywood, California, and Ghana, present day Continue reading

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Genghis: Birth of a Nation by Conn Iggulden

I was looking through the library’s shelves for an author whose last name started with I for my Reading the Alphabet Challenge and this title caught my eye. I was in the mood for some historical fiction in a non-Western setting and decided to try it.

Published: 2007

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 383 pages

Setting: what is now Mongolia, 1200s 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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