I’ve heard good things about this book in various places, but I put it on my TBR list after listening to episode 17 of the What Should I Read Next podcast. I decided it had been a while since I’d read a post-apocalyptic book and it was time to check it off my reading list.
Genre: post-apocalyptic fiction
Length: 333 pages
Setting: various places in North America, near future Continue reading
This is the 12th book in the Dresden Files series that I’m determined to finish this year. I’m already up to four of his books this year, which is three more than I read last year, I think.
Genre: urban fantasy
Length: 546 pages
Setting: mostly Chicago and Chichen Itza, about a year after Turn Coat. I read somewhere that Butcher considers the time elapsed between book publishing dates to be the time elapsed in Dresden’s life as well. Continue reading
This is the second Outlander book. I’m rereading the series this year, and I wanted to be sure to read the book before I got around to watching the second season of the TV series.
Genre: time travel/historical fiction
Length: 743 pages
Setting: France and Scotland, 1740s, Inverness, 1968 Continue reading
This was our latest book club choice.
Genre: historical fiction
Length: 369 pages
Setting: Virginia, late 1700s/early 1800s Continue reading
This is my husband’s favorite movie, and he got an audiobook of the story. I decided to listen to it as well, since I enjoy Stephen King when he isn’t being scary.
Length: 181 pages
Setting: Maine, it felt like the 1950s Continue reading
I picked out this book for Mr. Curiosity and read it to be able to discuss it with him. He recently finished Swiss Family Robinson and thought this book might be a contemporary, contrasting take on the “stranded on a desert island” trope.
Genre: YA fiction
Length: 202 pages
Setting: a desert in the Pacific Ocean, during WWII Continue reading
This is the next story included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology.
Published: June, 2013 in Strange Horizons (you can also listen to the story from their podcast)
Genre: magical realism
Setting: mostly Guatemala, 1980s
Summary: The narrator recounts a childhood game where the girls (and some boys) would hide in a shed and another group of boys would find them and drag them outside, fighting the whole time, where they were disappeared. The girls would win if the boys didn’t find them all, but the only time they won was when the narrator used magic to hide one of the boys. It seems the kids were re-enacting scenes from when soldiers would enter their houses and grab anyone they wanted.
Final thoughts: the story felt like it was supposed to be portentous and meaningful, but I just didn’t get it. Maybe because I grew up safe and didn’t have to worry about soldiers breaking into my house in the middle of the night and raping or killing a family member or myself. The children’s game reflected the life they were living, with some variation if you were a native Guatemalan or an American missionary or soldier’s kid. There was also a bit of magic thrown in because the narrator was able to pull darkness in around herself or others, but that was a tiny part of the story.
Title comes from: It came from the last lines of the story. “Call it a game. Call it collateral memory. Call it real.”