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Another Word for World by Ann Leckie

Sorry I didn’t get a weekend post up. Miss Adventure and I went to a contra dance Saturday night and then we had a soccer tournament for Mr. Curiosity most of Sunday. Today, I have the last story in the Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft anthology (still free for the Kindle!) by Ann Leckie. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this story since I loved her Imperial Radch trilogy.

Published: 2015

Genre: science fiction

Setting: an exoplanet, far future Continue reading

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The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

I needed an E author for my Reading the Alphabet Challenge, and this book was on the BBC’s The Big Read list.

Published: 1980 in Italy, translated into English in 1983

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 512 pages

Setting: 14th century Italian monastery
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Library book club was last night and I was actually able to make it (after missing two months in a row). They chose this book for discussion. I’d already read the book, but I didn’t remember anything about it and decided to read the book again.

Published: 2005 in Swedish, 2008 in English

Genre: thriller

Length: 590 pages

Setting: Sweden in the 2000s Continue reading

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Folding Beijing by Hao Jingfang

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Translated by Ken Liu

Published: January/February 2015 in Uncanny (you can read it free at the link provided)

Genre: science fiction

Length: novelette (I only read it online)

Setting: Beijing, some time in the future

Interest: It won the 2016 Hugo award for best novelette. Since it was easily read online, I decided to read and review this story instead of my usual short fiction. Continue reading

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The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Time for the first book review of the year – and I got lucky and picked a really good book with which to start off the year!

Published: 2013 in Germany, 2015 in English translation

Genre: fiction

Length: 370 pages of story, 392 pages total

Setting: France, present day

Interest: It was recommended by the She Reads blog as a book to make you happy. I put it on my reading list because it’s a book about a bookseller, which is an oddly specific genre that I happen to love. I picked it up because it happened to be on the endcap at the library when I was wandering about looking for books. Continue reading

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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Published: 1967 in Spanish, 1970 in English translation

Genre: fiction

Length: 448 pages

Setting: Macondo, probably starting in the 1800s

Interest: It was part of the BBC’s The Big Read Continue reading

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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Published: 2005 in Swedish, 2008 in English

Genre: thriller

Length: 590 pages

Setting: Sweden in the 2000s

Interest: It was a big best-seller and the bits I’d heard about it made it sound interesting and worth checking out.

Summary: Mikael Blomkvist is a journalist who just lost a libel suit. He’s prepared to take some time off, but is hired to do a history of the wealthy Vanger family, and, in the background, look into the 40-year old disappearance of Harriet Vanger. Amazingly, with the help of Lisbeth Salandar, he discovers Harriet is alive in Australia, but he also uncovers some pretty nasty secrets in the Vanger family. Once the mystery is solved, Salandar and Blomkvist work together to frame the company that sued Blomkvist for libel.

Final thoughts: I thought the book was OK, but it certainly didn’t live up to the hype. It almost felt like two stories – the Vanger mystery and the Wennerstrom corruption tacked at the end. I liked the end story best, but the whole book left me pretty blah. Makes me wonder what other people see in the book that I missed. Definitely not worth seeking out the rest of the series or the movie.

Title comes from: It describes Lisbeth Salandar, one of the main characters from the second half of the book.

Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review from a previous year

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