One of the stories in this collection was nominated for a Locus Award. I got the collection to read that story and ended up reading all of them. The collection itself was also nominated for a Locus Award.
Genre: science fiction and fantasy short story collection
Length: 362 pages of stories, 373 pages total
Setting: various locations, mostly on Earth
Summary: Short version: Stories by various authors featuring either robots or fairies, and sometimes both Continue reading
When the new movie version of the book came out, I thought perhaps I could read the book to the kids and then we could watch the movie and compare.
Genre: murder mystery
Length: 212 pages
Setting: a train car in the Orient Express, 1930s
Summary: Short version: A closed room mystery of who killed Ratchett Continue reading
I had watched the show Call the Midwife before I learned it was based on a book. I’m just getting around to reading the book. The book was originally published with the title Call the Midwife. There are two other books in the series.
Subtitle: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
Genre: nonfiction memoir
Length: 340 pages
Setting: the East End of London, 1950s
Summary: Short version: Worth’s experience as a student midwife Continue reading
This is the eighth and currently final book available in the Outlander series. This means I have completed my goal of being up to date on the Outlander series. (I can’t say “finishing” since the series isn’t complete, but I’ve read all the books available.)
Genre: historical fiction with time travel
Length: 825 pages
Setting: near Valley Forge, in 1778, and 1980s and early 1700s, Scotland
Summary: Short version: Outlander characters at the start of the Revolutionary War Continue reading
Back in 2008, I heard Charlaine Harris was writing rural fantasy (as opposed to urban fantasy – set in the backwoods of Louisiana). She writes in a similar vein to Laurell K. Hamilton (who is a favorite) so I picked up the book when I saw it.
Genre: rural fantasy
Length: 312 pages
Setting: rural Louisiana, present day to the writing
Summary: Short version: Sookie starts a relationship with a vampire and foils a murderer Continue reading
This is one of the BBC’s The Big Read books. It’s the highest on the list I’ve never read and I decided to pick it up. Plus, I was in between library books and this was available from Gutenberg for free for my Kindle.
Genre: literary fiction
Length: 249 pages
Setting: 1800s England, in and around Bath
Summary: Quick version: Class gets in the way of potential husband Continue reading
This is the third book in the Outlander series I’m rereading this year, following A Dragonfly in Amber.
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