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Cold Days by Jim Butcher

This is the fourteenth book in the Dresden Files series that I’m trying to finish this year. There’s only fifteen published so far (although I think the next one is due to come out soon) so I think I can actually finish the series this year.

Published: 2012

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 515 pages

Setting: Chicago and nearby Lake Michigan, a few weeks after the events of Ghost Story Continue reading


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I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

I was looking for an X, Y, or Z author (for one last book in my reading the alphabet challenge) and came upon this book. I chose it because Zusak also wrote The Book Thief, which I enjoyed.

Published: 2002

Genre: YA fiction

Length: 357 pages

Setting: I’m guessing England based on some of the nouns (like fish and chips or crisps), present day Continue reading

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Tenth of December by George Suanders

A friend gave me a copy of this book to read. I don’t usually read short story collections, but he seemed so passionate about the author and the stories that I was willing to try it. Since it is a short story collection, I’ll summarize each story and then give my overall impressions.

Published: 2013

Genre: fiction short stories, with occasional science fictional elements

Length: 251 pages

Font: Sabon

Setting: various present day settings in the U.S. Continue reading


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Genghis: Birth of a Nation by Conn Iggulden

I was looking through the library’s shelves for an author whose last name started with I for my Reading the Alphabet Challenge and this title caught my eye. I was in the mood for some historical fiction in a non-Western setting and decided to try it.

Published: 2007

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 383 pages

Setting: what is now Mongolia, 1200s Continue reading


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Black Site by Michael Patrick Hicks

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: 2016 in CLONES: The Anthology

Genre: science fiction, with a touch of Chthulu

Length: 34 pages

Setting: an asteroid mining base, near future Continue reading


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Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

This is the fourth book in the Outlander series I’m rereading this year.

Published: 1997

Genre: historical fiction with time travel

Length: 880 pages

Setting: around Charleston, South Carolina, 1767-1770, and England, 1969 Continue reading



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The Honor of the Queen by David Weber

I started this book while on vacation. I’d just read two Discworld books and needed a break (I cannot binge anything – I need variety in my life). I vaguely remember reading the first book in the series (this is the second) and thought some space opera would be a nice change of pace.

Published: 1993

Genre: space opera science fiction

Length: 435 pages

Setting: mostly the planet Grayson and its surrounding space, far future Continue reading



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