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Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

I read this book on vacation. While on vacation, I typically just bring my Kindle to read from. I managed to get an electronic version of all the Discworld novels before we left on vacation. They are perfect vacation reading – amusing, not too long, well written, and I don’t have to worry about “will this be any good”? This is the third book written in the Discworld series and the first of the Witches subseries.

Published: 1987

Genre: fantasy

Length: 228 pages

Setting: Discworld, mostly the Ramtop Mountains and the city of Ankh-Morpork Continue reading

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Water, Birch and Blood by Sarah Norja

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: July 2016 in Strange Horizons (you can either read or listen to the story for free at that website)

Genre: magical realism

Setting: Norway

Summary: Our narrator, Elna, is taking her wife and son to her family cabin on the side of a lake. While there, she is reminded of the summer spent there when she was 11. Everyone remembers her having a fever for several days, but in reality she traveled through the lake to the bear-queen’s world to save it from the troll-king. Her memories were altered, but it all comes back.

Final thoughts: A nothing special story. I liked the setting, mainly because it wasn’t American, but it wasn’t critical to the storyline. Elna does have to make the choice to go back to the bear-queen’s magical world or stay in her own and find the bits of magic there. In the end, she makes the responsible choice and stays with her family, even though she’s tempted by her memories.

Title comes from: Water, birch, and blood were the ingredients needed to open a gateway to get to the bear-queen’s world.

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Changes by Jim Butcher

This is the 12th book in the Dresden Files series that I’m determined to finish this year. I’m already up to four of his books this year, which is three more than I read last year, I think.

Published: 2010

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 546 pages

Setting: mostly Chicago and Chichen Itza, about a year after Turn Coat. I read somewhere that Butcher considers the time elapsed between book publishing dates to be the time elapsed in Dresden’s life as well. Continue reading

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Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

I’ve seen this book listed several places as an excellent book for kids. I originally got it for Miss Adventure because it mentioned a Hogwarts feel to the story (and she’s read the entire Harry Potter series multiple times). I decided I wanted to read it as well because of the semi-sentient castle that would remake itself on a regular basis. That sounded like something fun to read about.

Published: 2011

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 225 pages

Setting: Castle Glower in the country of Sleyne, with medieval technology Continue reading

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Ravens of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson

This is the sixth book in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Avalon series that started with The Mists of Avalon. I’ve always enjoyed Bradley’s writing and picked that book up a while ago. Paxson finished up the series when Bradley died. I happened to see this book at the library when it first came out and picked it up, even though I hadn’t read all the intervening books.

Published: 2007

Genre: historical fantasy

Length: 394 pages

Setting: first century Britain Continue reading

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Fire in the Mist by Holly Lisle

I picked a random book off my Kindle to read during our family bike trip. I checked to make sure this was at least the first book in a series, but knew nothing else about it when I started.

Published: 1992

Genre: fantasy

Length: 291 pages Continue reading

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Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

This is the eleventh book in the Dresden Files series that I am trying to finish this year.

Published: 2010

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 545 pages

Setting: Chicago, a year and a half after the events of Small Favor Continue reading

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