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What I Will Be Reading #41: Scifi and Fantasy

I’ve managed to acquire a number of new books that looked interesting, so I thought I’d share my new additions to my TBR list.

First up is an option for a read aloud (once we start school back up full time): The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty. I read a GeekMom post that reviewed books they had read recently, and this one stood out to me. It’s a middle grade book that promises lots of magical adventures and travels. Bronte’s parents have been killed by pirates, and now she must deliver a series of packages to her aunts, or her hometown will be destroyed. Might be the perfect way to start the school year off.

Keeping with the pirate theme, Tor had a post of their favorite fantasy pirate books. I’ve read a couple of them (like Stardust and Kushiel Legacy series), but many of the others sound like they’d be worth reading. Wired had a list of new fiction out this summer that had some excellent books on it. I’m most excited about Neal Stephenson’s new book, Fall; or, Dodge in Hell.

Finally, I’ve got The Emissary by Yoko Tawada. I heard about this one from a What Should I Read Next podcast (where I hear about lots of great books), episode 187. It’s a post-apocalyptic Japanese book. I’m not sure I’ve had the chance to read Japanese post-apocalyptic fiction. I’m trying to read more books set outside the U.S., so this is an easy add to my TBR.

And those are the books for this time. Anything else I should add?

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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

My husband picked this up as an audiobook for the family because Peter Jackson turned it into a movie.

Published: 2001

Genre: science fiction

Length: 373 pages

Setting: a post-apocalyptic, barely recognizable future Asia

Summary: Short version: London’s attempts to gain power causes many deaths Continue reading

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Apex by Mercedes Lackey

This is the third book in the Hunter series that we’re listening to as a family. We started it over the summer and finally got around to finishing it.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 304 pages

Setting: mostly around Apex City, soon after the events of Elite

Summary: Short version: The monster-fighting ramps up to a final confrontation Continue reading

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The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

This book was declared a gateway book for the post-apocalyptic genre by Tor (in this post) . I happen to love post-apocalyptic books, and yet hadn’t read this one, so of course I had to put it on my TBR list. I decided I needed a genre break and read it now.

Published: 2014

Genre: zombie thriller/post-apocalyptic

Length: 403 pages

Setting: near London, England, near future

Summary: Short version: The zombies always win Continue reading

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The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin

This is the final book in the Broken Earth trilogy. I need to find out what happens. As proof of how much I loved this series, I read the entire series in the same month. I rarely even finish a series within a year, let alone a month!

Published: 2017

Genre: speculative fiction (I waffle as to whether this is science fiction or fantasy. This book is more fantastical than the others.)

Length: 398 pages, 416 pages total

Setting: various parts of the Stillness and Corepoint, after the events of The Obelisk Gate and before the Shattering

Summary: Short version: Will the moon be caught or slammed into the Earth?
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The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

I saw this book at the library and picked it up for Mr. Curiosity and myself to read. It’s the first book in the Broken Earth trilogy. I’ve heard good things about the series, including the fact that Jemisin won three Hugos in a row for each of the books in the series (a first!).

Published: 2015

Genre: science fiction

Length: 449 pages of text, 468 pages total

Setting: various locations in the Stillness, which I think is a far future Earth

Summary: Short version: Can I just say, “OMG read this book now!!”? No? Then how about: The world only thinks orogenes are controlled. Continue reading

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Elite by Mercedes Lackey

This is the second book in the Hunter series. We started listening to this book as soon as we finished Hunter, driving around on vacation.

Published: 2016

Genre: YA post-apocalyptic fantasy

Length: 368 pages

Setting: immediately after the events of Hunter, around Apex

Summary: Short version: Joy joins the Elite Hunters and takes on bigger monsters Continue reading

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