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Love to read! All things!

Though sweet spots are Science Fiction and Fantasy and humorous Young Adult stuff. I generally read in bed, so my preference is for less stressful stories. My favorite stories that ones that are both Quirky and Unexpected.

Due to book experiences being very dependent on the reader, I belive that reviews should be short.

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Catherine Katz: The Daughters of Yalta (2020, HarperCollins Publishers Limited) 4 stars

A great behind the scenes history

4 stars

To be clear right away: The story is very much about the three hard-working women and their perspectives. The subtitle "a story of love and war" had me worried it might veer into a extrapolated romance novel of sorts. It is not that.

The writing is informed mostly by a trove of letters written by the three women. All three were not common political participants, so their letters have "human" observations about the conference. The author doesn't elaborate or add anything more than what is known, which is great, but also means that the writing is dry at times. The overall setup isn't a great read.

The part that that got me thinking the most, was everything that happened after the conference as the war ended. Seeing the brutal mental impact that a long hard war had on the people who were involved, and this is only at the highest …

David Wroblewski: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle 4 stars

Unexpected Americana

4 stars

I enjoy running because it is one of the few things that gets me outside (disconnected!) and lets my mind wander within itself. The pacing of the story and the quality of the writing brought me a similar experience. There are moments of action, but there are also stretches where development is slow and the nuance of life comes to the front. The time for reflection within the story is what gives the unique story heart, and, for me, personal meaning.

Mona Delahooke: Brain-Body Parenting (Hardcover, 2022, Harper) 1 star

Over her decades as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Mona Delahooke has routinely counseled distraught parents …

Awful book

1 star

It might have a good point or two in it, but the whole book is spent talking about the successes of the author as they implement their techniques. It's like some magic fairy tale where every technique has a happy ending, and not the reality of raising kids who have challenges. Just awful for any struggling parent's mindset.

Naomi Alderman: The Future (Hardcover, Simon & Schuster) 4 stars

The latest novel from the Women’s Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Power, The Future is …

Great characters and a big plotline

4 stars

The main plot isn't as unexpected as I'd like (pending earth apocalypse due to capitalism), but the characters are certainly quirky, and the story eventually goes to unexpected places and has some great twists. Good mix of local action and a longer timeframe view.

reviewed The Terraformers by Annalee Newitz

Annalee Newitz: The Terraformers (EBook, 2023, Tom Doherty Associates) 4 stars

Destry's life is dedicated to terraforming Sask-E. As part of the Environmental Rescue Team, she …

Fun world building, light on plot

3 stars

A fun world, with a story that unfolds across eras, that could have used a stronger plotline.

This felt similar to the Monk & Robot series by Becky Chalmers: Some sort of apocalypse came for humanity, and things worked out for the better (genderfluid, democratic socialism, respected personhood). But then there's still some capitalists around so they don't, kinda. But they also kinda do in the end? I like that it's one book, but it coulda used a couple more chapters.

Not as quirky, given I'd previously read a similar series, and some unexpected, but not much.