Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie
This book one of a three part series. Read this book first, then the next two, for Ancillary Justice sets up the other two. The world created by Ann Leckie is not one that will be familiar to most readers, even those who read primarily science fiction. Part of it is Leckie’s writing style that to this reader seemed a lot like Ayn Rand. It is terse prose that admits little feeling even though there is a lot of emotion under the surface. I felt detached from the narrative the entire time, though it is well-plotted and the characters, some human, some machine or robotic-like, some a mix are complex.
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Early One Morning by Virginia Baily
Published 2016 by Fleet
My copy: Secondhand paperback
A grey dawn in 1943: on a street in Rome, two young women, complete strangers to each other, lock eyes for a single moment.
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The Thieves of Nottica by Ash Gray (Amazon)
Good Friday, my literary foodies, it is time once again to throw open the pantries and pick up a (hopefully) delightful meal to read through! This week, I have an intriguing steampunk fantasy meal on my plate, distinctive at the very least for the unique cover. The Thieves of Nottica has a notable subtitle as ‘A Humorous Steampunk Adventure’, so without further ado, let’s grab our forks and knives to get started carving down to the truth!
Before we gather our tools, let us put our hands over our hearts and recite the Starving Review oath:
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Book Review of: A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell #1) by Deanna Raybourn
Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction
Veronica Speedwell has just buried the last of her benefactress aunts, and is preparing to set off on a new scientific journey. Though her occupation as a scientist and lepidopterist is extremely suspicious to the general population in 1897, Veronica doesn’t let that slow her down. Her plans are slightly derailed, however, when just after the funeral she finds herself rescued from a home intruder by a complete stranger who insists she is in danger of being abducted.
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A book about reading . . . a book about a reading obsession . . . a book about a woman who would rather read than do just about anything else, who almost requires books just to survive? Sounds like my kind of book. In fact, it almost sounds like it might be about me (although my horses, my dogs, music and hiking give the books a run for their money on most days too).
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Edenland is the evocative title of an evocative novel set in the early days of the US Civil War. Its story plunges us into the Great Dismal Swamp that straddles Virginia and North Carolina, and never quite allows us to escape the treacherous waters that threaten to engulf its protagonists.
The Great Dismal and other swamps were places where runaway slaves could hide from their pursuers. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s second novel, after Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp (1856). Thus, the literary and historical sources of Edenland flow across the years in currents swift, deep and wide.
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Title: Tell Me Three Things
Author/s: Julie Buxbaum
Publication Date: April 05, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Number of Pages:336
“Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?
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I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.
The story is explained in several perspective angles and then brought together for the final reveal. I found this approach to add more depth and dimension to the story.
The Grand begins with Dean Wister, a federal agent that has lost his wife, Sara, through cancer. Before she passes away, she asks Dean if they could go to their favorite place, the meadow, once she is feeling better. Unfortunately, she passes away and does not make it. Dean takes time off and goes to the meadow (located in Teton), in her loving memory.
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