Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Review   Summary For over a decade, Jenna Metcalf obsesses on her vanished mom Alice. Jenna searches online, rereads journals of the scientist who studied grief among elephants. Two unlikely allies are Serenity Jones, psychic for missing people who doubts her gift, and Virgil Stanhope, jaded PI who originally investigated cases of Alice and her …

Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

Review   Summary  Inspired by a Senegalese folktale, Redemption in Indigo is a tale of adventure, magic, and the power of the human spirit. Paama’s husband is a fool and a glutton. Bad enough that he followed her to her parents’ home in the village of Makendha—now he’s disgraced himself by murdering livestock and stealing …

The Bees by Laline Paul

Review   Summary Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. Yet Flora has talents that are not typical of her kin. And …

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

Review   Summary In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to …

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Review Summary At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers, ventures to the border of Fairyland. His goal? To discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up. But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on …

Best of the Bunch: June 2016

The End of June Already? Yes, it’s true. Another month has passed and it’s time to decide on the winner of the Best of the Bunch Award, hosted by A Cocoon of Books! In case you didn’t catch last month’s contest, here’s the scoop: I’ll go over the books I reviewed and select one, the Best of the …

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie

Ok, first of all I’ve got to admit that I’ve become a big fan of Rushdie’s writing style, in spite of the fact that I think he’s kind of an arrogant dillhole. However, his writing style is VERY unique and certainly not for everyone, so keep in mind that you might react to his books …

2016 Summer Reading Challenge

That’s right, folks, it’s time for a summer reading challenge. I can’t help it, I’m a librarian–we love reading challenges. Do you remember doing reading challenges at your local library as a kid, and turning in your little reading sheet in exchange for one of those weird suckers that had a grasshopper in it? I …

Genre Entendre: Fantasy/Sci Fi

Welcome to Genre Entendre! This will be a continuing series in which I discuss what’s up in particular genres, new books in those genres by diverse writers, and issues within genre writing that I think need to be discussed. Ah, and there’s the key word: discuss. So far, no offense, but y’all are not the …