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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

I was looking for a scifi or fantasy book to read to the kids and saw this.

Published: 2011

Genre: YA post-apocalyptic science fiction

Length: 323 pages

Setting: a near-future Louisiana

Summary: Short version: Nailer decides to save the swank girl he finds in a wrecked ship Continue reading

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Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

This is part of the Tortall/Alanna series. It’s a prequel of Numair’s life at the Mage University when he was a child. Of course I’m interested.

Published: 2018

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 455 pages of story, 464 pages total

Setting: 435-439 in Thak City, capital of the Carthaki Empire

Summary: Short version: Arram (aka Numair) learns about magic and friendship at the University Continue reading

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The Killer Collective by Barry Eisler

I was looking for an E author to fill a slot in my alphabet reading challenge. This looked like an interesting option from the library shelves.

Published: 2019

Genre: thriller

Length: 393 pages

Setting: the U.S., Japan, and Paris, present day

Summary: Short version: It’s kill or be killed for all the characters Continue reading

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Genghis: Bones of the Hills by Conn Iggulden

This is the third book in the Conqueror series (following Lords of the Bow) I’m slowly making my way through to get an I author every year.

Published: 2009

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 397 pages of story, 405 pages with historical note

Setting: the Mongolian Empire, ~1220-1227

Summary: Short version: Genghis battles with the Arabs Continue reading

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Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

I had The Scar on my TBR list, but it turns out I’d already read it. This is the first book in the New Crobuzon series.

Published: 2000

Genre: fantasy

Length: 710 pages

Setting: New Crobuzon, in a pre-Industrial Revolution-technology world

Summary: Short version: Isaac feels responsible for releasing slake-moths on the city Continue reading

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High-Rise by J. G. Ballard

I added this book to my TBR list when I saw a list of the best sci-fi and fantasy books of all time by the Telegraph. I added the ones I hadn’t read to my TBR, and this was one of them. I’m trying to get some books off my list that have been for a while (I added this one in 2014).

Published: 1975

Genre: fiction tending towards horror

Length: 173 pages

Font: Linotype Plantin

Setting: a high-rise apartment building in London in the 1970s

Summary: Short version: Serious conflict in a high-rise apartment building Continue reading

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Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin

My mother-in-law read this in a book club a decade ago and passed it along to me to read.

Subtitle: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

Published: 2006

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 214 pages

Setting: Rwanda, 1994

Summary: Short version: One woman’s story of surviving the Rwandan genocide Continue reading

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