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A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

This is the second Veronica Speedwell book (following A Curious Beginning) and I was in the mood for some historical fiction.

Published: 2017

Genre: historical mystery

Length: 338 pages

Setting: London, 1887

Summary: Short version: Miss Speedwell and Stoker try to clear an innocent man from murder charges Continue reading

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A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

I can’t remember how this one got on my radar, but it piqued my interest as a female lepidopterist in Victorian England. I love books with scientists as the main character, especially when they’re breaking the mold. I picked it now as the first book to start at the beginning of the year) I’m not counting On Black Sisters Street because I started it last year) based on the title. It’s the beginning of the year, so let’s read a beginning book.

Published: 2015

Genre: historical mystery

Length: 337 pages

Font: Kepler Std

Setting: 1887 London

Summary: Short version: Veronica is in danger over the secret of who her father is Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #43: Mysterious and Fantastical

I’m currently splitting my time between reading Don Quixote and something else, which definitely slows down my completion rate for books. So, what better time to add to my To Be Read list, right?

First up are a couple of book from The Modern Mrs. Darcy’s podcast What Should I Read Next? I got two from episode 193, who sounded like my book twin, so I figured her recommendations would work for me as well – The City of Brass by A. S. Chakraborty which is fantasy set in Egypt (I’m really enjoying reading fantasy or scifi from a different culture), and Recursion by Blake Crouch, a time travel book.

And coming back to Earth for the next book is A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn. I can’t remember where I saw this. It’s the first Veronica Speedwell mystery. I’m not a huge fan of mysteries, but I’m always on the lookout for an exception to the rule. This is about a female Victorian lepidopterist on adventure. I’m intrigued by the science aspect of it, so I’ll give it a try. We’ll see if I read any more of the trilogy.

I’m going to stick with the mystery theme, but go dystopian with the novel The Last by Hanna Jameson. GeekDad described it Station Eleven (my review at that link) crossed with The Shining. Sounds intriguing to me.

And those are the newest books I’m adding to my TBR list. Anything sound good to you? Anything I should add?

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The Dodo Knight by Michelle Rene

I was given a copy of this novella to review (although my views are my own). It’s published by Annorlunda Enterprises, a small-press publisher that focuses on stories that make you think.

Published: 2019 (it comes out today!)

Genre: historical fiction novella

Length: 134 pages

Setting: Victorian England, probably the mid-1800s

Summary: Short version: The story of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell Continue reading

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Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan

This is the fifth and final book in the Memoirs of Lady Trent series. Sadly, the Erie County library system didn’t have it so I had to request it via interlibrary loan. I didn’t feel bad about it, though, since it was the last book in a series.

Published: 2017

Genre: historical fantasy

Length: 333 pages

Setting: mostly the Mrtyahaima Mountains (a Himalayan equivalent), a bit after the events of In the Labyrinth of Drakes

Summary: Short version: Lady Trent discovers a living Draconean society Continue reading

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In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan

This is the fourth book in the Memoir of Lady Trent series.

Published: 2016

Genre: historical fantasy

Length: 350 pages

Setting: Akhia, a Middle Eastern equivalent country, soon after the events of Voyage of the Basilisk

Summary: Short version: Off to the desert to study dragon rearing Continue reading


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Murder or a Duck by Beth Goder

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: October, 2016 at EscapePod (you can either read or listen to the story at that link if you’re interested)

Genre: time travel

Setting: Victorian England

Summary: Short version: Mrs. Whitman is looking for her husband across timelines Continue reading

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