Reading project, week ending 22 Sep 2019

What have I read this week?

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

This is a science fiction novel about a world terraformed by humans just before the human race falls into civil war. Several sapient or semi-sapient species develop on the planet, and the book follows the spiders as they develop intelligence. I enjoyed this; it really felt like I was exploring an alien point of view. And I liked the ending: it was not at all what I was expecting.

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Reading project, week ending 15 Sep 2019

What have I read this week? Just one this time – but I am posting on time!

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

This is a nonfiction book about parenting and communication. I found it interesting and I think it’ll be helpful for me in the future. I’m not sure I agree with all of it, but I definitely feel the main principles are valuable.

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Reading project, week ending 8 Sep 2019

What have I read this week? I swear I will actually start posting these on time again soon.

Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel

This is a novel about a man called Eli, who is dating a woman called Lilia, who leaves him, and he searches for her. I didn’t like this: the motivations of the characters didn’t make sense to me, and I didn’t enjoy the story.

Dreams Before the Start of Time by Anne Charnock

This is a science fiction novel following three generations of two families. It explores themes about family, pregnancy and parenthood in a world where artificial wombs and genetic editing of embryos are reality. I didn’t like it. The characters didn’t interest me and neither did the story.

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Reading project, week ending 25 Aug 2019

What have I read this week?

The Flowers of Vashnoi by Lois McMaster Bujold

This is a science fiction novella about a woman named Ekaterin, who is working on a project to use insects to decontaminate a radioactive zone. This is part of the Vorkosigan series. I enjoyed this; I thought it was a good addition to the series.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This is a fantasy novel about a girl called Amani who lives in a poor desert town and is desperate to escape. I quite enjoyed this. I liked the characters, and the story and world are interesting.

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Reading project, week ending 18 Aug 2019

What have I read this week?

Sorry for late posting!

Prudence and Imprudence by Gail Carriger

These are the first two books of The Custard Protocol. They follow the adventures of a young woman called Prudence, and it’s set during the Victorian era, but with vampires, werewolves and steampunk. I liked the characters and the stories were interesting. I enjoyed this and would definitely read more in this series.

The Prisoner of Limnos by Lois McMaster Bujold

This is a fantasy novella, the sixth book in the Penric and Desdemona series. It follows Penric, a sorceror and priest, and Nikys, the woman he’s in love with. I enjoyed this. I like the characters and the world. I would definitely read more in the series.

Vox by Christina Dalcher

This is a science fiction novel about a woman named Jean living in an America where fundamentalist Christians have taken over and women are restricted to speaking no more than 100 words a day. I found this kind of horrifying, because it goes into a lot of detail about exactly how it could happen. I did think it was a good book, though.

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Reading project, week ending 11 Aug 2019

What have I read this week?

Everless by Sara Holland

This is a fantasy novel about a young woman called Jules who lives in a kingdom where people can sell or buy time by giving or taking blood. I quite enjoyed this, although it was fairly obvious that Jules was trusting all the wrong people and jumping to all the wrong conclusions quite early on. I do want to read the next one, though.

Small World by Matt Beaumont

This is a novel following many different people who are all connected in some way. I didn’t like it and didn’t finish it. I found all the characters pretty unpleasant and didn’t really care about them.

Junkyard (a Fractured Stars novella) by Lindsay Buroker

This is a science fiction novella about a woman named McCall who is a ship’s captain and skip tracer. I enjoyed this: the characters are interesting and the story was good. I’d definitely read more in this series.

Run by Kody Keplinger

This is a YA novel about Bo and Agnes, two teenage girls who become friends. I enjoyed this: I liked the characters, and the fact that the story is about friendship rather than romance.

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