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.
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
This is the third book in the Memoir of Lady Trent series.
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
I picked this off the new book shelf because it’s written by NPH. Bonus, it was about magic to get Miss Adventure interested.
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
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.
Genre: urban fantasy
Length: 310 pages
Setting: Kingston, Ontario, present day, soon after the events of Blood Pact Continue reading
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.
Genre: historical fiction
Length: 1349 pages
Setting: various parts of India, 1952-1953 Continue reading
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
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. This story also won the World Fantasy Award in 2017.
Published: December 2016 in Strange Horizons (read it free online at the link)
Genre: fantastical historical fiction
Setting: Germany, just before the start of WWII
Summary: Out narrator is a journeyman Schopfer – he trained to carve and repair Steingeschopfe (animated statues carved from Queckstein). He is sent to his first commission and discovers it is repair work on a Steingeschopfe originally carved by one of the 17th century masters. Our narrator agrees to do the work, which involves pouring some of his energy and memories into the statue as he works.
Final thoughts: This story managed to pack quite a bit into a small plot – someone comes to fix a statue. However, we get the rise of racism against Jews in Germany, a bit of a love story between our narrator and one of his fellow apprentices, the conflict between art and practicality, and the specter of death hanging over it all. Not bad for a short story!
Title comes from: It’s the German name of the animate statues that our narrator works on