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What I Will Be Reading #34: Something For Everyone

I’ve got new books to add to all the reading lists this week. Let’s start with my books. Unbound Worlds had two posts about books to read from different decades, the 1980s and the 1990s. I pretty much want to read any series from the lists I haven’t read yet. For the 1980s, I’ve only read Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn (in fact, I happen to own the book). I have started the Belgariad series, starting with Pawn and Prophecy, by David Eddings. I think the same week I saw this post, my friend strongly recommended the book. I’ve read quite a few of the 1990s recommendations, although most of them I haven’t read in over a decade. We’ll see if I revisit any of them for my next reread challenge.

A book for me and Mr, Curiosity is Any Weir’s new book, Artemis. I loved The Martian so much, I’d pretty much read anything by him, but the Penguin Random House newsletter that brought the book to my attention described it as a heist story set on the moon. Yes please! By the way, if you follow that link before October 10th, you can be entered into a sweepstakes to win a bunch of books from NYC Comic Con, including this one.

And for Miss Adventure (but I’m pretty sure Mr. Curiosity and I would enjoy the books as well), I’ve got The Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu, the first book in the Cronus Chronicles. This is a Greek mythology/Percy Jackson read-alike. With as much as we all enjoy the Percy Jackson series, another book full of Greek mythology is always a safe bet. A post on Lifehacker about how to get boys to read girls’ books brought this to my attention.

So, how do the books look to you? Anything else I should put on my reading list or share with my kids?

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Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle

Published: 1986

Genre: middle grade science fiction-ish

Length: 310 pages

Setting: Earth during the time of Noah

Interest: It’s the fourth and final book in the Time Quartet series (which starts with A Wrinkle in Time) I’ve been slowly reading to Mr. Curiosity as bedtime stories. Continue reading

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Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Published: 2012

Genre: YA post-apocalyptic fiction

Length: 525 pages

Setting: immediately following the events of Divergent, in a future Chicago

Interest: It’s the second book in the Divergent series. I enjoyed the first one (you can read my review here) so I had the next book on my reading list. When I was looking for audio books for an 11-hour car trip, this one came up in the library system as the right length. Continue reading

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The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

Published: 1983

Genre: fantasy

Length: 183 pages

Setting: various locations within Discworld, starting at Ankh-Morpork

Interest: Terry Pratchett died recently and I realized I’ve never read any of his Discworld books, which are classics in the field. Several of the books (including this one) are part of the BBC’s The Big Read. Continue reading

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Brain Plague by Joan Slonczewski

Published: 2000

Genre: hard science fiction

Length: 384 pages

Setting: Valedon, I think before the other books in the Elysium Cycle.

Interest: It’s part of the Elysium Cycle that started with The Children Star Continue reading

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A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski

Published: 1986

Genre: hard science fiction

Length: 403 pages

Setting: mostly the moon Shora, in the world of the Elysium Cycle

Interest: It’s the first book in the Elysium Cycle (followed by Daughter of Elysium). I read The Children Star by Slonczewski and loved it so much I decided to seek out some of her other books. Continue reading

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The Fairytale Detectives by Michael Buckley

Published: 2005

Series: The Sisters Grimm

Font: Adobe Garamond

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 284 pages

Setting: Ferryport Landing, NY, recent past

Interest: I’ve seen the series on the shelf in the library and it looked interesting. Sadly, they didn’t have the first book in the series (how annoying) so I had to request it from a different library. Sticking with my current “read more middle-grade book” theme, I figured it was time to check it out.

Summary: Sabrina and Daphne’s parents disappeared a year and a half ago, and they’ve bounced between awful foster homes and an orphanage ever since. Their grandmother has just come forth to claim them, but the girls were told their grandmother was dead. Sabrina is definitely suspicious and tries to run away sever times. She also thinks her “grandmother” is crazy when she goes out to investigate a crushed house and starts talking of giants. Turns out, there really are giants and it captures their grandmother and Mr. Canus. The girls need to come up with a plan to rescue them and it involves the help of Puck, Jack the Giant-Killer, and even Prince Charming.

Final thoughts: The book reminds me of Fables for kids. Personally, I’d rather read Fables (and I have), but it’s not really child appropriate. This series is perfect for kids. All the fairy-tales written down by the Brother’s Grimm (Sabrina and Daphne’s ancestors) are histories, not make-believe. The main characters of all the fairy tales now live in Ferryport Landing, usually looking human, but morphing into their true forms in times of high emotion.

I was a little annoyed that the book started with the orphan trope, but it turns out the parents aren’t dead. They’ve been abducted and spelled into a magical sleep by a mysterious, evil organization – The Red Hand. It seems the Red Hand will be the ongoing villain in the series.

Title comes from: The girls start to learn their family history when their grandmother takes them to a crime scene for a little detective work. They’re investigating fairy tale characters.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 10/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge, and an F in my Title Alphabet Challenge

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