Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews
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Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews

Here are three more science fiction and fantasy mini-reviews, brought to you by the 20 Books of Summer Challenge.  Since it’s pretty difficult to review books that are part of series, I’m keeping these short.  I recommend all three if you’re looking for good, but not too heavy, summer reads. Good Omens: The Nice and … Continue reading

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer is a first novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen, which won last year’s Pulitzer Prize for literature.  It’s a fascinating look at the Vietnam War and its aftermath from the perspective of the Vietnamese.  Right away it makes you realize how much Americans only see the Vietnam War from our own perspective, not those … Continue reading

Books I read on vacation: mini-reviews
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Books I read on vacation: mini-reviews

I don’t normally write catch-up reviews, for two reasons.  First, I read these books in the middle of July so I don’t remember them so well, and I wasn’t exactly taking notes.  And second, I’m not a big fan of the mini-review.  You know I like to go on and on about a book.  But … Continue reading

My August Reading Wrap Up: #20BooksofSummer
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My August Reading Wrap Up: #20BooksofSummer

Hello readers!  My August wrap-up is also my 20 Books of Summer Wrap-Up, and it will tell you something about me that I ended up at exactly 20 books at the end of the month  (hint: I’m a bit on the goal-oriented side.) I’m always sad when summer ends.  As a kid, summers meant long, … Continue reading

The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
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The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

One of my favorite reads of the summer, this book has it all: great characters and story; a fun, almost movie-like plot  (it will be a movie this fall); and really thoughtful writing.  It’s a book I’d recommend this book to both science fiction lovers and non-science fiction readers (similar to, say, The Martian). It’s … Continue reading

Summer Releases: What Should I Read?
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Summer Releases: What Should I Read?

For me, traveling requires a lot of preparation: closet-cleaning, shopping, list-making, and of course, stocking up on books to read. I often think about what makes a good travel read. For me, there’s no one definition of a good travel read.  Some like to read about the place they’re going to, some prefer really light … Continue reading