Saturday, September 30, 2017

10. Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety

By Sacha Scoblicb (225 pp)

This is a memoir about a recovered alcoholic that I read for research on a character. It gave me what I needed for research but I didn't totally connect with the book.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

9. Mysterion Anthology

Subtitle: Rediscovering the Mysteries of the Christian Faith

Donald Crankshaw and Krisin Janz, ed. (298 pp)

This is an anthology that one of my Clarion West classmates edited with her husband. The theme is speculative fiction that engages meaningfully with the Christian faith. I was not sure what to expect and these stories were a great surprise. There was no typical story and this isn't going to be very instructive because I don't have time to go back and call out all the ones that I particularly liked. One that stuck with me was about an anchorite -- someone who is bricked into a cell and devotes their life to religious study. I recommend to people who enjoy Christian themed fiction OR people who enjoy reading a wide variety of stories.

Friday, September 1, 2017

8. Uprooted

By Naomi Novick (434 pp)

This is a book by the author of the Temeraire dragon books. I loved the first Temeraire book and was medium on the next two and never finished the series. This book is a little deceptive because it has a character named the Dragon but he is not that kind of dragon. The setting is more of a dark fairy tale and I mostly loved it. If I had one problem, even though there was lots of action, it dragged for me. No one major problem certain parts went on too long I also got tired of magic. Magic can happen but I don't need to know all the spell casting. Overall: recommend.