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Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

This is the 12th book in the Discworld series. I’ve been reading them on vacation since they’re so light and all on my Kindle. As a bonus, it’s one of the BBC’s The Big Read books.

Published: 2002

Genre: fantasy

Length: 374 pages

Setting: mostly in Genua on Discworld

Summary: Short version: Magrat, Nanny Ogg, and Granny Weatherwax disrupt Lilith’s perfect story Continue reading

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War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes

This is the third and final book in the Queen of Hearts trilogy. I happened to see it on the library shelf and picked it up to finish the series.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 342 pages

Setting: the capital of Wonderland, soon after the events of Blood of Wonderland

Summary: Short version: Dinah is crowned Queen, although it is not without heartbreak Continue reading

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Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes

This is the second book in the Queen of Hearts saga. Miss Adventure and I listened to the first book together, and the second book made a good accompaniment on the way to another gymnastics meet.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 336 pages

Setting: various locations within Wonderland outside of the city, immediately after the events of Queen of Hearts Continue reading

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Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

I had the second book in this series (Blood of Wonderland) on my reading list for Miss Adventure (she loves fairy tale retellings, and Alice in Wonderland is close enough to fairy tales to count). I thought that was a mistake and she hadn’t read the first book. So, when I needed a longer audiobook for a trip to a gymnastics meet, I picked this one up. Turns out she had read the book, but she doesn’t mind rereading books (or relistening, in this case).

Published: 2014

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 306 pages

Setting: Wonderland, mainly in the Castle, during the reign of a King of Hearts Continue reading

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Snow White by Matt Phelan

I saw this at the library and picked it up because it was a graphic novel.

Published: 2016

Genre: graphic novel fiction

Font: Futura

Length: 216 pages

Setting: New York City, 1928
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What I Will Be Reading #33: Mr. Curiosity’s Edition

It’s Mr. Curiosity’s time to add some books to the reading list. He got some great suggestions from a GeekMom summer reading list. The list is organized by age group, with an emphasis on middle grade and up. We got quite a few suggestions from the list, including:

Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale by Ashley Poston. This is a modern retelling of  Cinderalla, with a strong side of geekiness.

 

Norse Mythologyby Neil Gaimen. This was a no brainer. Both kids are loving Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, so this was a no-brainer. Miss Adventure wants to read this as well, although I might need to read it first to make sure it won’t scare her. It is a modern retelling of the Norse saga.

 

31 Days of Wonder by Tom Winter. I’m not sure what drew Mr. Curiosity to this book. It sounds like a good relationship story, more in the realistic fiction side of things.

 

The final book from this list is The Berlin Project by Gregory Benford. This is an alternate history book set during WWII. The basic premise of the book is the atomic bomb was ready for the D-Day invasion, and how would things have changed.

 

One last book to add from a different source: We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe by Jorge Chan and Daniel Whiteson. I became aware of this book by reading their webcomic, PhDComics. It looked like the book would be in the same vein as xkcd’s book, What If?. The authors discuss all the parts of the universe scientists still don’t have a complete explanation for, and provide our current best hypothesis. Plus there are lots of illustrations and amusing comics to keep you wading through the science.

And those are the new books for Mr. Curiosity, although I’ll probably end up reading several of them as well. Any others that a geeky 14-year old boy would enjoy? Tell me in the comments!

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