Review: One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron

one-good-dragon-deserves-anotherOne Good Dragon Deserves Another
by Rachel Aaron
Series: Heartstrikers #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Setting: Detroit DFZ, New Mexico and a few other places
Published by Aaron/Bach LLC, 2015
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: August 1, 2015)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
404 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: After barely escaping the machinations of his terrifying mother, two all knowing seers, and countless bloodthirsty siblings, the last thing Julius wants to see is another dragon. Unfortunately for him, the only thing more dangerous than being a useless Heartstriker is being a useful one, and now that he’s got an in with the Three Sisters, Julius has become a key pawn in Bethesda the Heartstriker’s gamble to put her clan on top.

Refusal to play along with his mother’s plans means death, but there’s more going on than even Bethesda knows, and with Estella back in the game with a vengeance, Heartstriker futures disappearing, and Algonquin’s dragon hunter closing in, the stakes are higher than even a seer can calculate. But when his most powerful family members start dropping like flies, it falls to Julius to defend the clan that never respected him and prove that, sometimes, the world’s worst dragon is the best one to have on your side.

Cheers

  • I was so excited when the author’s husband sent an email and asked if I would like an e-Arc! That was a no brainer. 🙂
  • Second in a self-published urban fantasy series. The first book in the series was one of my favorite books of 2014.
  • This book lived up to the first book. I love it! We find out more about dragons and especially the Heartstrikers.
  • I like the world she has built. We learn more about it in this book and it’s very interesting.
  • I like the work Julius and Marci have created for themselves. We see them doing magical animal removal in the DFZ in the first part of the book. They’ve started their own business and Julius is so happy about it. Then his mother, Bethesda visits . . . .
  • Bethesda is a very scary dragon. She has lots of children which makes her somewhat different from other dragons. She has had 10 clutches so far. Because she has so many children she’s a little careless with them!
  • I love the Heartstriker dragons’ origins–Quetzalcoatl was Bethesda’s father. So she and her children are feathered serpents.
  • The dragons are fun to read about. Each dragon has so much character and are unique. Except for their arrogance and aggressiveness which all dragons except Julius seem to have.
  • We get more Bob (Brohomir) in this book! He’s a dragon seer!
  • Amelia is a dragon we didn’t meet in the first book. She’s the only dragon still alive from Bethesda’s first clutch. Amelia is the heir to the Heartstrikers, the Planeswalker, Clan Magus and Consort to the Concept of Mountains! Bethesda doesn’t want Amelia around since she doesn’t trust anyone. After all, Bethesda killed her own father to inherit everything.
  • I love Marci. She’s smart, funny, loyal, very enthusiastic(!) and a great friend. I also like Ghost who is bound to her. He’s a very interesting character who becomes even more interesting in this book.
  • Julius and Marci are very cute together. They like each other, but don’t know quite what to do with that.
  • I really like the story in this book. There are twists and turns, but Julius stays true to himself.

Jeers

  • None! I love this book.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • The book ends with the problems of this book wrapped up, but with more problems for more books! I’m really glad about that and happy to read at the end that Ms. Aaron hopes to have the third book published in early 2016.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Rachel Aaron was born and raised in Atlanta, but currently lives a lovely, nerdy, bookish life in Athens, GA with her faster-than-the-speed-of-light son, perpetually understanding husband, and fat weiner dog. She writes full time, all the time, but when her family can drag her away from her own books, she loves reading fantasy (urban and traditional), Romance (paranormal and Regency), and Science Fiction (all kinds). She also enjoys video games, Minecraft, anime, manga, hanging out at conventions, and overdone, epic things.
  • She has also written a productivity book–2 k to 10k and The Legend of Eli Monpress fantasy series and the Paradox Science Fiction trilogy under the name Rachel Bach.

Reading Challenges

Review: Mouse and Dragon by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

mouse-and-dragonMouse and Dragon
by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
Series: Liaden Universe #7
Genre: Science Fiction (space opera)
Published by Baen, 2010
E-book, purchased
359 pages
Grade: B-
Synopsis: Aelliana Caylon has endured much, and finally, she appears to have won all: a spaceship, comrades, friends — and the love of a pilot she adores.

Even better that her lover—the man who was destined for her, a man as much a loner as she—is also the Delm of Korval, arguably the most powerful person on all of Liad. He has the power to remove her and protect her from the toxic environment of her home Clan. Best of all, he agrees to sit as her co-pilot and her partner in a courier business.

Even happy endings sometimes show a few flaws. Such as Aelliana’s home clan being not as agreeable to letting her go as it had first seemed. And the fact that someone is stealing pilots in the Low Port, which falls within the Delm of Korval’s honor. Oh, and the revelation that the man she loves—the man who is destined for her—isn’t entirely the man she thought he was. And finally, she discovers that even the lift from Liad she’d so fervently desired, is part of a larger plan, a plan requiring her to be someone she never thought she was, or could be.

“…life is not safe. Random action threatens us all. The choices we have are between fear and boldness, between joy and terror.

“If at all possible, I believe it is necessary to choose joy. One may survive no longer, nor ever be safe, but one’s life will be worth living.”

and

“The clan is people, denubia; never forget that. We can only protect each other. Sometimes, in order to protect those others who are the clan, a person must do something that is very hard. The clan asks much because it gives much.”

Cheers

  • This is a hard review to write. It was a hard book to read in some ways. It is a sequel to Scout’s Progress which was published in 2002. I had read other books which are later in the series (but written before this book).
  • I like Daav and Aelliana a lot. Scout’s Progress begins the story of Daav and Aelliana.
  • I knew some of this story, but it’s nice to have more details filled in. I like that we see Val Con as a child.
  • As I read this I had some feelings of déjà vu–because I knew so much of the story. That isn’t necessarily bad. As I said above I like getting the details.
  • Korval’s Tree is always so interesting to read about.
  • I did cry during parts of this book.

Jeers

  • This isn’t my favorite book in the series. It’s inserted between two books written years before so it has to work with Scout’s Progress and the books which come after it.
  • I thought the ending threw lots of disparate things in without too much information about them all.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I’ve been reading the Liaden Universe series for over 15 years and I love the stories. I’ve read a few of them more than once. I’m so glad the early books written in the 1980’s were reprinted and that the authors are writing new books in the series.
  • Even though this isn’t my favorite I’m looking forward to reading the next books in the series.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Sharon Lee has been married to her first husband–Steve Miller–for more than half her lifetime; she is a friend to cats, a member of the National Carousel Association, and oversees the dubious investment schemes of an improbable number of stuffed animals. Despite having been born in a year of the dragon, Sharon is an introvert. She lives in Maine because she likes it there.
  • Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have written twenty novels of science fiction and fantasy together— many of them set in the Liaden Universe® — and numerous short stories.

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge
  • TBR Pile Challenge–hosted by the Bookish blog
  • Ultimate Reading Challenge–hosted by the Popsugar blog (A book that made me cry)

WoW: Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m Waiting-on-Wednesdaylooking forward to coming out in the next few months.

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Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Series: Sorcerer Royal #1

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis (from Goodreads): In this sparkling debut, magic and mayhem clash with the British elite…

The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, one of the most respected organizations throughout all of England, has long been tasked with maintaining magic within His Majesty’s lands. But lately, the once proper institute has fallen into disgrace, naming an altogether unsuitable gentleman—a freed slave who doesn’t even have a familiar—as their Sorcerer Royal, and allowing England’s once profuse stores of magic to slowly bleed dry. At least they haven’t stooped so low as to allow women to practice what is obviously a man’s profession…

At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers and eminently proficient magician, ventures to the border of Fairyland 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 a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…

……………………………..

Why I want this book

  • I’m reading this right now and liking it a lot!
  • I like that this is a debut book.
  • I love the cover!

Characters who love books

toptentuesday2Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme I take part in when I can think up answers! It’s a great meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog. Every week a new topic is presented. It’s not only fun to think about my list, but to read what other people come up with!

This week–characters who love books–love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc. I’ve read all these books at one time or another except for the last two. I own Guidebook to Murder, but haven’t read it and Booked to Die is a book I’d like to read.

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley–Carrie McClelland is an author writing a book within the book.

Still Life by Louise Penny–Ruth Zardo is an award-winning poet living in Three Pines, Quebec where Chief Inspector Gamache comes to solve a murder. Ruth Zardo is one of his favorite poets.

Real Murders by Charlaine Harris–Aurora Teagarden is a librarian in a small town in Georgia in this mystery series.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott–Jo March is a writer in this classic novel.

Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie–Adriane Oliver is a famous crime author and friend of Hercule Poirot.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury–Guy Montag is a fireman whose job is to burn books. But he learns to love books and is willing to put everything on the line to save books.

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning–Jericho Barrons is a bookstore owner in Dublin. Barrons hires MacKayla (the main character in this series) to work in his bookstore–especially since she can see the Fae without their glamour.

Servant’s Hall by Margaret Powell–This memoir by Margaret Powell tells about her life as a servant in England during the 1920’s and 1930’s. She loves to read and educates herself. She finally leaves the life of a servant, goes to school and passes her O-levels and A-levels and writes several books.

Guidebook to Murder by Lynn Cahoon–Jill Gardner is the owner of a bookstore and main character in this mystery series.

Booked to Die by John Dunning–Cliff Janeway is a collector of rare and first editions in this mystery series.

What books do you know of or like which feature characters who love books?

Sunday Post: Jul 26

rp_sundaypostmeme13.jpg The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

Last Week

I arrived in Iowa on Thursday. I’m having lots of fun. My daughter’s dog Bailey just got spayed so she had to wear a cone over her head to keep from licking the incision. The stitches are out now so she’s back to her fun and active self.

My older daughter came for the weekend and as well as my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. They are bringing their Great Pyrenees, Emma, with them so we should have fun times! Bailey and Emma are great friends.

I decided to request a few books at NetGalley and I got two of them! I have one more pending so we’ll see if I get that one. I don’t want to get too many and turn it into a chore–which is what I would do…lol.

Home & blog

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

The Thorn of Dentonhill by Marshall Ryan Maresca

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley (audiobook)

Tilt-A-Whirl by Chris Grabenstein (audiobook)

What I read last week

The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny

The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

NetGalley

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern

Library Books

None

E-books

The Last Colony by John Scalzi

Making Up Your Mind by Jill Mansell

Caught in Amber by Cathy Pegau

Audiobooks 

Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

Mort(e) by Robert Repino

Around the Internet

Free Sync Audio books

Sync is back again for the summer (May 7 – Aug 14). Sync is a program which provides two free young adult audiobook downloads each week. One audiobook is a current audiobook and the other is a classic audiobook. Each set of two books are only available for one week.

To listen to these books you must download Overdrive Media Console. It is available free to download at the Sync site.

For the week of July 23 – 30

March by Geraldine Brooks

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

For the week of July 31 – August 6

Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles by Tanya Lee Stone

In the Heat of the Night by Matt Pelfrey

Next Week

Home & blog

The week will start out quietly since our guests leave on Sunday, but Friday we leave for northern Wisconsin and a long weekend up there. It is a family reunion with lots of fun activities! I don’t know if I’ll be able to get my Sunday Post up or not. The internet coverage in northern Wisconsin isn’t always the best!

Blog Posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: Mouse and Dragon by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
  • Review: One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron
  • August books on my radar . . .
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning next week?

Review: A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

a-fatal-graceA Fatal Grace
by Louise Penny
Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #2
Genre: Contemporary Mystery (police procedural)
Setting: Canada–Montreal and a small village south of Montreal (Three Pines)
Published by Minotaur, 2007
E-book, purchased
311 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: Welcome to winter in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, where the villagers are preparing for a traditional country Christmas, and someone is preparing for murder.

No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet husband, not her spineless lover, not her pathetic daughter—and certainly none of the residents of Three Pines. CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone, right up until the moment of her death.

When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, of the Sûreté du Québec, is called to investigate, he quickly realizes he’s dealing with someone quite extraordinary. CC de Poitiers was electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake, in front of the entire village, as she watched the annual curling tournament. And yet no one saw anything. Who could have been insane enough to try such a macabre method of murder—or brilliant enough to succeed?

With his trademark compassion and courage, Gamache digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life to find the dangerous secrets long buried there. For a Quebec winter is not only staggeringly beautiful but deadly, and the people of Three Pines know better than to reveal too much of themselves. But other dangers are becoming clear to Gamache. As a bitter wind blows into the village, something even more chilling is coming for Gamache himself.

And that was one of the problems they were facing. Everyone looked alike in the Quebec winter. Like colorful marshmallows. It was hard to even distinguish men from women. Faces, hair, hands, feet, bodies, all covered against the cold. Even if someone had seen the murderer, could they identify him?

and

He was frankly astonished the entire community hadn’t died of boredom. Just talking about curling was sucking the will to live right out of him. It was like some Anglo joke, an excuse to wear plaid and yell. Most Anglos, he’d noticed, didn’t like to raise their voices. Francophones were constantly gesturing and shouting and hugging. Beauvoir wasn’t sure why Anglos even had arms, except perhaps to carry all their money. Curling at least gave them an excuse to vent.

Cheers

  • Such a good series. These are more than police procedurals. We also find out about people’s lives and the village of Three Pines. Ms. Penny uses language so well which makes these books even more interesting.
  • Chief Inspector Gamache is such an interesting character. He firmly believes in justice, but he also believes in courtesy and helping and educating the people he works with.
  • Beauvoir, Gamache’s second-in-command is a very proud Francophone. He doesn’t understand Anglos and is often impatient with them. However, he’s a loyal and talented second-in-command for Gamache.
  • The way the murder happens is very unique and that is something Gamache must unravel.
  • CC de Poitiers and her family are sad, unlikeable people.
  • These books have quite a bit of atmosphere especially because of the house CC de Poitiers buys. This house also was important in the first book in the series.
  • I like that there is curling in the book and that the book takes place around the Christmas season.
  • There is a secondary plot (the Arnot case) started in the first book which affects Gamache personally. He went against the hierarchy in the Sûreté to bring down a corrupt officer. Neither his bosses nor the corrupt officer (who is in prison) can forgive this. We learn a little more about this in this book.

Jeers

  • I don’t know that it’s necessary to have the Arnot case fill such a large background role in the book.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I’m so glad I finally started reading these books. I love Louise Penny’s writing and look forward to reading many more of her books.

Awards

  • Agatha Award for Best Novel (2007)

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Louise Penny is the author of the Inspector Armand Gamache series. The first book was published in 2005 and a new book, the eleventh in the series, is due out in August 2015. She lives in Canada in a small village south of Montreal with her husband and a golden retriever.

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge
  • Cloak & Dagger Mystery Challenge–hosted by Amy @ A Bookish Girl
  • TBR Pile Challenge–hosted by the Bookish blog

Review: Under the Skin by E.E. Richardson

under-the-skinUnder the Skin
by E.E. Richardson
Series: Ritual Crime Unit #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy (police procedural)
Setting: An alternate North Yorkshire, England
Published by Abaddon Books, 2013
E-book, purchased
99 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: A tough, hard-nosed career officer in the male-dominated world of British policing, DCI Claire Pierce of North Yorkshire Police heads Northern England’s underfunded and understaffed Ritual Crime Unit. Unregarded by the traditional police, struggling with an out-sized caseload, Pierce is about to tackle her most shocking case so far.

Following reports of unlicensed shapeshifters running wild in the Dales, DCI Pierce leads a failed raid to capture the skinbinder responsible. While the dust is still settling, a team from Counter Terrorism turns up and takes the case off her.

Pursuing the case off the record, she uncovers something murkier and more terrible than she suspected. Has her quarry achieved the impossible and learned to bind human skin?

FIRST RULE of police work: when someone runs away from you, run after them. Second rule: don’t be an idiot about it.

The first part was always easier to manage than the second.

and

If there were shapeshifters on site, a group of untrained uniforms in hi-visibility vests were about as much use to contain them as a strip of POLICE DO NOT CROSS tape.

Cheers

  • I like the way the book begins right in the middle of everything.
  • This is a novella, but it’s a well-crafted story and is long enough to tell what it needs to tell.
  • This is an urban fantasy, but also a gritty police procedural.
  • I like the world building. We don’t find out a lot, but it’s enough for me to find the story believable. I like the idea of trying to regulate magic.
  • The main character–DCI Claire Pierce–is an older police officer (in her 50’s), but she’s smart and willing to get physical when she needs to.
  • The case they’re working on is quite horrific and the police are undermanned and often a step behind but they do the best they can with what they’ve got.
  • The case is complicated when a national counter terrorism group shows up and takes over the case. DCI Pierce is quite sure their goals are different from hers.

Jeers

  • The book is short. As I state above that doesn’t bother me too much, but I enjoyed this and would have read more!

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I really like this novella. This is a new author and new series and I’m always happy to find that. I’ve already bought the second book in the series.
  • Even though this is a gritty police procedural and I don’t usually read gritty books, I didn’t find it too graphic.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • E.E Richardson is a twenty-two year old cybernetics graduate who now lives as a recluse.
  • The above is the only information I could find. Ms. Richardson doesn’t have a website.

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge
  • New Author Challenge–hosted by the Literary Escapism blog
  • Cloak & Dagger Mystery Challenge–hosted by Amy @ A Bookish Girl
  • Ultimate Reading Challenge–hosted by the Popsugar blog (A book written by someone under 30)

Review: The Deep End by Julie Mulhern

the-deep-endThe Deep End
by Julie Mulhern
Series: The Country Club Murders #1
Genre: Historical Mystery
Setting: 1974, Kansas City
Published by Henery Press, 2015
E-book, purchased
255 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: Swimming into the lifeless body of her husband’s mistress tends to ruin a woman’s day, but becoming a murder suspect can ruin her whole life.

It’s 1974 and Ellison Russell’s life revolves around her daughter and her art. She’s long since stopped caring about her cheating husband, Henry, and the women with whom he entertains himself. That is, until she becomes a suspect in Madeline Harper’s death. The murder forces Ellison to confront her husband’s proclivities and his crimes—kinky sex, petty cruelties and blackmail.

As the body count approaches par on the seventh hole, Ellison knows she has to catch a killer. But with an interfering mother, an adoring father, a teenage daughter, and a cadre of well-meaning friends demanding her attention, can Ellison find the killer before he finds her.

“Do you remember the part in The Wizard of Oz when the witch is dead and the Munchkins start singing? Think that kind of happiness. I swear every woman there was ready to break into song. Maybe a few of the men, too.”

Cheers

  • I really enjoyed this mystery. It looks like it’s a debut mystery!
  • I love the cover.
  • I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue reading this book at first when I read about Ellison’s interactions with her mother. Ellison is a complete doormat where her mother’s concerned and it’s painful to read about a grown woman doing things she doesn’t want to do because her mother tells her to. However, Ellison does grow and change during the course of the book. I like watching that happen.
  • Her mother isn’t terrible. She’s a dominant personality and thinks she know best.
  • I like the historical elements–remembering Richard Nixon, for example. No cell phones which changes many things. The fashion popular at that time. Little things dropped in to give nice background for the time period.
  • The fact this is a historical period and that it’s 1974 is quite unique.
  • Everything revolves around the country club in this book. That does seem pretty strange to me, but these are all women who don’t work so I guess they have to spend their time doing something!
  • At least Ellison paints so her life doesn’t revolve completely around the country club.
  • I like the humor in this book.
  • I like that Ellison finds she’s stronger than she thinks she is.

Jeers

  • It’s almost by accident that Ellison finds clues and figures things out. I like Ellison enough (after she grows a spine…lol) for that not to bother me too much!

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I think I saw this book on Greg’s blog–Book Haven. I was immediately attracted by the cover. It looked like the perfect summer book and it is.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Julie Mulhern always wanted to be a writer. She spent her childhood creating pen names and dreaming of exotic, mysterious, romantic places. To that end, she went to Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia (because, when you’re from the Midwest, the South is both exotic and romantic). There she earned degrees in politics and French. She even spent a year living in Paris. But the Midwest beckoned and she returned home. Now she lives with her husband, two daughters and a dastardly dog. It might not be exotic or mysterious but it is romantic.

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge
  • Cloak & Dagger Mystery Challenge–hosted by Amy @ A Bookish Girl
  • COYER Scavenger Hunt–hosted by Fantasy is More Fun, Because Reading, and Books, Movies, Reviews.Oh My!
  • COYER–The Scavenger Hunt–#37, Read a book with water/or the ocean on the cover (3 pts)
  • New Author Challenge–hosted by the Literary Escapism blog
  • Ultimate Reading Challenge–hosted by the Popsugar blog (a book based entirely on its cover)

WoW: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m Waiting-on-Wednesdaylooking forward to coming out in the next few months.

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The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

Series: The Broken Earth #1

Publication Date: August 5, 2015

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis (from Goodreads): This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

……………………………..

Why I want this book

  • I haven’t read any books by N. K. Jemisin–though I own at least one. The start of a new series sounds like a good place to start!
  • So many of my blogging friends really like her books.
  • It sounds like a good start to a new series.

Celebrating diversity

toptentuesday2Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme I take part in when I can think up answers! It’s a great meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog. Every week a new topic is presented. It’s not only fun to think about my list, but to read what other people come up with!

This week I’m listing books which celebrate various kinds of diversity. I’ve noted the type of diversity found in each book. Most of the books I’ve listed I’ve read. Those I haven’t read I own and hope to read one of these days.

I’ve added 11 books–the last one a memoir–Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin.

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Science Fiction/Fantasy

Kindred by Octavia Butler–fantasy/historical fiction

  • Dana is an African-American woman who is repeatedly pulled back in time to the antebellum south.

Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch–urban fantasy

  • Peter Grant is a black police constable in London.

Lock In by John Scalzi–Science Fiction Mystery

  • The main character is Chris Shane, a FBI agent and a Haden’s Syndrome survivor. The reader doesn’t find out if Chris is male or female, black or white. There is also rising feeling against the people who are disabled by Haden’s Syndrome.

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin–Science Fiction

  • The human in the book is on a planet where the inhabitants can choose whether to be male or female.

The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon–Science Fiction

  • Lou Arrendale has autism and is part of a lost generation. In the future genetic defects are removed at birth, but the people alive before that happened are the lost generation.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer—YA fantasy

  • Cinder is a cyborg and treated like a second class citizen. Much of the action takes place in China.

Moon Called by Patricia Brigg–urban fantasy

  • Mercy Thompson, the main character in this series is American Indian.

Mysteries

Skin Walkers by Tony Hillerman

  • American Indian police officer

Mandarin Plaid by S. J. Rozan

  • Chinese-American female private detective, much of the action in Chinatown in NYC

Historical Fiction

Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldan

  • The book takes place in England in the mid 1700s at the beginning of the Seven Years War. Lord John Grey is the main character and a gay man in this historical fiction/mystery.

Essays/Memoir

Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin

  • This was first published in 1955 and is a collection of essays by James Baldwin about his experiences with race.

What are the books you think of which celebrate diversity?