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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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.

Published: 2014

Genre: post-apocalyptic fiction

Length: 333 pages

Setting: various places in North America, near future Continue reading

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Changes by Jim Butcher

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.

Published: 2010

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

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A Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

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.

Published: 1992

Genre: time travel/historical fiction

Length: 743 pages

Setting: France and Scotland, 1740s, Inverness, 1968 Continue reading

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The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

This was our latest book club choice.

Published: 2010

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 369 pages

Setting: Virginia, late 1700s/early 1800s Continue reading

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Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King

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.

Published: 1982

Genre: fiction

Length: 181 pages

Setting: Maine, it felt like the 1950s Continue reading

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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.

Published: 1954

Genre: YA fiction

Length: 202 pages

Setting: a desert in the Pacific Ocean, during WWII Continue reading

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Collateral Memory by Sabrina Vourvoulias

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.”

 

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