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Spinning Silver

Novik, Naomi
A Hugo nominee for 2019. Pretty good story, a version of Rumpelstiltskin. I got lost more than twice, 'cause sometimes I couldn't figure out which character was speaking for a few pages!

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6/2019

The Pillars Of The Earth

Follett, Ken
Learned a lot about church construction and the often rotten life of even the better-off in Medieval England. Very happy I do not have to life there!

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When she woke up in the morning she discovered she was not pregnant.

Things were looking up. -- pg. 387

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6/2019

Trail Of Lightning

Roanhorse, Rebecca
I really enjoyed this first book in The Sixth World series. Which I'm reading 'cause it was nominated for a Hugo. It takes place in the Navajo tribal area of the U.S. after an apocalyptic event has wiped out a great deal of the rest of the world. Very reminiscent of Tony Hillerman's mysteries, at least as far as the Native American stuff. There has been some controversy about her portrayal of Navajo culture and mythology, but it's a good story.

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More of an oversize shack, really, it is approximately eight hundred feet across and half as deep...--pg 153 So it's almost nearly three football fields long and it's an oversize shack?

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6/2019

Revenant Gun

Lee, Yoon Ha
Book three. I think it is more accessible than the previous two books, certainly the first! A bit more humor it has, too.

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"It's different from the dramas," Hemiola said dolefully. "At least then the music tells you when the bad guys are about to sneak up on you."

"In the dramas, we'd be the bad guys," 1491625 pointed out.

"Not helping,"Cheris said. --pg.328

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6/2019

Raven Stratagem

Lee, Yoon Ha
Book two in the trilogy.

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5/2019

Ninefox Gambit

Lee, Yoon Ha
I really did not enjoy reading this book until the second half or so. And it really is a "...fun if high-body-count story involving a long game of cat-and-mouse between two very different personalities. "(Yoon Ha Lee in The Book Smugglers blog Posted on June 16, 2016)

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5/2019

Where The Crawdads Sing

Owens, Delia
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very easy to read, which to me means it was very well written. I've read a number of books by famous authors that are very choppy, it's like no one edited them. This flows very nicely. I learned a bit about marshes and North (It WAS North, wasn't it? I always forget!) Carolina. The ending/reveal, though. No spoiler, but I just don't believe it.

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5/2019

Space Opera

Valente, Catherynne M.
I quite liked the part about the cat and the rose bush. And I laughed at a couple of other sentences. And I'm glad I learned about Buranovskiye Babushki. And filk, I looked it up, that was interesting.

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4/2019

The Calculating Stars

Kowal, Mary Robinette
Lady Astronaut Novel #1. Meteorite wipes out Washington D.C., climate change, better get some off-Earth colonies started! Set in the 50s. I really liked it a lot, read the darn thing in one 24-hour period!

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4/2019

The Consuming Fire

Scalzi, John
I guess this is book two in the Interdependency Sequence. The author should maybe include a Glossary, I was unfamiliar with some of the words used, especially that one that started with "F"... Who talks like that? Well, except for my friend. Good story as I got more engaged with it in the second half. Laughed out loud a couple of times, even. Hope I remember the story when the next one comes out!

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4/2019

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