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The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

Tor gave out a copy of this book one month as their free ebook. I was in the mood for some science fiction to break up the Chinese epic historical fiction I’m reading.

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction

Length: 336 pages

Setting: mostly End and Hub within the Interdependency, far future

Summary: Short version: The Flow is collapsing and so with the Interdependency Continue reading

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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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Arctic Adagio by DJ Cockburn

This is the latest publication from Annorlunda Press, a small press that focuses on stories that entertain and make you think. I received a review copy of the book, but all my opinions are my own.

Published: Today! May, 2019

Genre: science fiction mystery

Length: 85 pages

Setting: a ship in the melted Arctic, near future

Summary: Short version: Harme has to figure out who murdered Kurata on his ship Continue reading

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Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee

I saw the book discussed on a YALSA post back when it was first published. I was in the mood for some science fiction and finally found a copy to read. Plus, it gives me an elusive Z title.

Published: 2015

Genre: science fiction

Length: 360 pages

Setting: space stations near the moon and Mars, near future

Summary: Short version: Carr Luka is a zeroboxer champion but only because his genes were illegally edited Continue reading

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When Alya Met Rigel by S. L. Saboviec

Dixon Hill Lighthouse on San Salvador, Bahamas

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: May, 2016 at AE

Genre: science fiction short story

Setting: East Neptune Space Station, future

Summary: Short version: Alya meets Rigel when he steals an expensive item from her shop Continue reading

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Two-Year Man by Kelly Robson

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.

Blue chromis and harlequin wrasse at Telephone Pole reef

Published: August, 2015 in Asimov’s Science Fiction, but you can read it for free on Robson’s website

Genre: science fiction

Setting: a far future Earth

Summary: Short version: The janitor finds interesting things in the trash Continue reading

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