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Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer

I’m honestly not sure if I liked that or not. I think overall I did but there were definitely parts that I struggled through. The book is narrated by an unnamed woman who just calls herself Jane Smith. She lives a fairly normal life with her husband and teenage daughter, and works for a cybersecurity …

The Servant of the Bones by Anne Rice

This was an intriguing read though a bit overwrought in places. It is the story of Azriel, a kind of ghost or demon who was once a mortal man but was transformed. It’s framed in the narrative of him telling his story to an academic and traces his mortal life in the time of Cyrus …

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Not quite sure what to make of that. Guy Montag is a firefighter, but in this world it means starting fires rather than putting them out. In this dystopian future, all novels are banned and anyone found with books are taken away and their house and all their possessions are set on fire. He seems …

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Maia is youngest son of the Elven emperor, who has spent most of his life banished from the court as his mother was a goblin. When a tragedy occurs to the emperor and his other sons, Maia unexpectedly finds himself the new emperor and has to deal with the ramifications of this, the intrigue of …

The Magic Engineer by L.E. Modesitt Jr

One of my favourite Modesitt books. This is the third book published of the Recluce Saga and is within the central/later timeline as the series covers roughly two thousand years of history. It is a standalone though there is a later companion duology that covers some of the same story from the ‘bad’ guys viewpoint. …

Goldilocks by Laura Lam

An interesting premise but a little superficial in places. Set in the near future, our planet is on the brink of collapse due to climate change. Women are being forced out of the work place due to male backlash and conservative governments. In this environment, our only POV Naomi, her adoptive mother Valerie and three …

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

A very interesting but challenging read. Set over two different timelines, the first in the ‘present day’ which only covers a few days and the other set over a long time. We have two different POV’s, that of Eolo in the present day and that of ‘The Strength and Patience of the Hill’ who is …

Circe by Madeline Miller

So this tells the tale of Circe from her point of view. It starts with her upbringing within the halls of Helios her father and goes through her life up the story of Odysseus and his son Telemachus. The story is interesting with a lot of Greek mythology covered from Prometheus to the Minotaur to …

Kindred by Octavia Butler

This book is labelled as science fiction but it’s not really. Yes there is time travel but it is only there for plot device, it is not explained and isn’t explored really at all, just taken as a fact from the characters. What this book is really is an exploration of slavery in America in …