the forgetting

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

Writing teachers tell their students to keep a journal, that by writing you learn about yourself.  This book gives a twist to that age-old wisdom.  First the title, every twelve years everyone in the community forgets everything.  To combat the periodic forgetting, everyone carries around a book where they write about their lives so that after the forgetting

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children of the new world

Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein

Children of the New World is a collection of 13 short stories, each taking place in a different, though future, place and time.  I’ll start off by admitting that I’m not usually a fan of short stories.  If I’m really enjoying a book, I like to stay with it for a while and really get

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dark matter

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter is a fast-paced science fiction/mystery/thriller of a book.  It is the story of Jason Dessen, a physics professor who had the possibility to make it big but decided to marry his girlfriend when she became pregnant with his child and settle down.  His life is good, if a bit routine and average.  When

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the reader

The Reader by Traci Chee

Sefia, the main character of The Reader, had a happy childhood and was loved by her parents and close to her Aunt.  However, they had prepared her a hiding place in case something bad happened.  One day assassins come and kill her parents and she goes into her secret room where she finds an unusual

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central station

Central Station by Lavie Tidhar

Central Station takes place in a Tel Aviv of the future…far enough into the future that humans now have colonies spread throughout the solar system.  Central Station is the dominant feature of Tel Aviv; a space elevator where flights arrive and depart from all over outer space, and, as such, have inhabitants from every imaginable

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Is Smoking Bad for You? Smoke by Dan Vyleta

Smoke by Dan Vyleta is one of Cindy’s favorites in our Hugo reading quest.  She spoke so highly of it that I thought I should read it also.  I started off with the first disk of the audiobook, but when that had to be returned to the library I continued with the hardcover.  The audiobook

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truth witch

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

This young adult book was a great read and should satisfy teens and young-at-heart adults who yearn for adventure, humor, close calls and an engaging fast-actioned book set in an original and well-constructed world. Safiya is a Truthwitch.  She can tell when someone is telling the truth or lying, which makes her valuable to those

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the jewel and her lapidary

The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde not only creates a unique and imaginative world in this novella, but also gives us philosophical and moral dilemmas to ponder. In a kingdom reminiscent of ancient Rome, gems have the power to control and influence people. Most cannot hear the gems, but Lapidaries, those who can hear them, must be trained to control the gems

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infomocracy - a story about information democracy

Infomocracy by Malka Older

Cindy and I listened to Infomacracy together.  Christine Marshall did a good job as the reader.  Introducing a Science Fiction / Fantasy world is a challenge.  In this case, the transition into the story was not very smooth.  When we started listening we had trouble following the story and wondered if the playback of the recording

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lab girl

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

When my daughter and I went to Amicalola State Park in Georgia last month to do some hiking, I wanted to bring along books that would enhance and broaden our outdoor experience.  Just like finding the perfect wine to complement a special meal, I often look for books to pair with an experience or event.

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the whistler

The Whistler by John Grisham

I remember it was a Saturday morning and I was working at the Public Library.  I had been given the job of going through the leased books on the new bookshelf and sorting them into the ones we wanted to keep for the library or the ones we were going to send back.  I picked

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all the birds in the sky

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

All the Birds in the Sky opens up with a six year old girl, Patricia, finding a wounded bird.  Immediately I felt I was entering the magical world of a fairy tale and thought that this would have been a great book to have read to my kids when they were young. It is at

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