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Provenance by Ann Leckie

I loved her Imperial Radch series, so this was a given to read. I happened to see it sitting out at the library and picked it up as a palate cleanser after reading The Woman in White.

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction

Length: 439 pages

Setting: mostly near the stations or planets of Tyr and Hwae, after the events of the Imperial Radch trilogy

Summary: Short version: Ingray is at the center of interspecies political wrangling Continue reading


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Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Miss Adventure picked this one up from the library. I’m pretty sure she recognized the author (we’ve previously read Ghosts and Smile) and was interested in the topic as well.

Published: 2012

Genre: middle grade fiction graphic novel

Length: 232 pages

Setting: a middle school in a big enough city in America that they have a bubble tea shop

Summary: Short version: Callie deals with boys and a musical production Continue reading

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Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan

This is the third book in the Memoir of Lady Trent series.

Published: 2015

Genre: historical fantasy

Length: 348 pages

Setting: various locations within the Broken Sea, six years after the events of The Tropic of Serpents

Summary: Short version: Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle with dragons Continue reading

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The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris

I picked this off the new book shelf because it’s written by NPH. Bonus, it was about magic to get Miss Adventure interested.

Published: 2017

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 253 pages

Setting: mostly the small town of Mineral Wells, present day

Summary: In seven words or less: Magician kids foil the bad guy
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Blood Debt by Tanya Huff

This is the fifth and final book in Huff’s Blood series that I read ten years ago. Of course I had to finish the series.

Published: 1997

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 310 pages

Setting: Kingston, Ontario, present day, soon after the events of Blood Pact Continue reading

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A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

Miss Adventure had a gymnastics meet in Philadelphia this past weekend. It’s a seven-hour drive, so we decided to make a long weekend out of the trip, and make the drive worthwhile. That meant I didn’t get any posts up for a few days. But, it did give me time to finally finish this book. I’ve been reading it for weeks at this point (with three other books read in the middle of it). It’s a book from the BBC’s The Big Read, but I didn’t realize how long it was when I requested it.

Published: 1993

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 1349 pages

Font: Sabon

Setting: various parts of India, 1952-1953 Continue reading

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Further Arguments… by Rebecca Fraimow

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.

Complete title: Further Arguments In Support of Yudah Cohen’s Proposal to Bluma Zilberman

Published: May 2016 in Diabolical Plots (follow the link to read it online, or if you’d prefer to listen to the story, PodCastle ran it in December 2016)

Genre: fantastical fiction

Setting: Vilna (which, if it’s the city in Europe, is in Lithuania), it felt late 1800s-ish

Summary: The title is the shortest summary of the story. In Yudah’s letter to Bluma, we find out Yudah is not a fan of Hershel Schmulewitz, Bluma’s other marriage prospect. Yudah’s argument is: 1. he has better long-term prospects than Hershel, 2. he won’t be bringing annoying family members into the relationship, 3. Bluma doesn’t need to worry about having kids because Yudah is actually a woman, 4. he’s more handsome than Hershel, and 5. he’ll be the best one to keep the secret of Bluma’s werewolf mom since he’s so good at keeping his own secrets.

Final thoughts: This story starts out as nothing special. Yudah is trying to convince Bluma to marry him and has a list of why it would be a good idea. Then that list takes a bit of turn. OK, no annoying in-laws. That’s nice. And no chance of kids – how can you be so sure? Oh, because Yudah is missing some vital organs to make that happen. If Bluma really doesn’t want kids, this is the only sure-fire way for that to happen and still have sex. And then Yudah throws in the real kicker. He’d be the best husband to keep Bluma’s family’s secret about her mother. I hope Bluma could get over the fact that Yudah didn’t have male anatomy and marry him. Very enjoyable.

Title comes from: It’s descriptive of the plot

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