Category Archives: Science fiction

Early Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Wind’s Twelve Quarters (1975) (read as an e-book from the NYPL) This collection of seventeen short stories and novellas, all published before 1975, includes several that Le Guin considers “germinal”, that is, leading to two … Continue reading

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The enchanted world

Another category for the 2015 Reading Challenge is *a book set in the future*, for which I chose a book that has long been sitting on my shelf: Sylvia Louise Engdahl’s Enchantress from the Stars (1970), a Newbery Honor Book. My … Continue reading

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You have to give it time

The Wells Bequest (2013), Polly Shulman. In an unplanned tag-team review, I’m following up on a book Calmgrove reviewed last fall, Polly Shulman’s The Grimm Legacy (the review of which you can read here). That novel introduced us to the New-York Circulating Material … Continue reading

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Update on Mr. Hopkins

For this post I have to prep you with some math, and then a bit of probability. Fact: there are just under 2.6 million seconds in a 30-day month. Thus, if an improbable event has a one-in-a-million chance of happening, … Continue reading

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Hopkins takes a back seat

Life as We Knew It (2006), Susan Beth Pfeffer Late in 2011, on a previous blog, I reviewed an obscure sci-fi book by RC Sheriff about a cataclysmic disaster involving an asteroid, the moon, and our earth. In fact, I … Continue reading

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And you thought THIS winter was bad

Snow stained black from city air is piled high on streets and sidewalks, leaving wide puddles at crosswalks as it melts. This has been quite a winter — twice the average total snowfall — and more is expected next week. … Continue reading

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A (relatively) quick post today, and then an apology in advance. I picked up Laurence Yep’s Newbery Honor book, Dragonwings, and the first few pages made me think of Frank Chin’s Donald Duk, which in turn made me think of … Continue reading

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Busy busy busy

Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1963), Dell, 191 pp. I was reminded of Cat’s Cradle when a character in a book I was just reading was described as “busy, busy, busy.” Those three words are a Bokononist’s response when he considers “how … Continue reading

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So it goes

Kurt Vonnegut, who died in 2007 and whose cranky persona I try to emulate whenever possible (my friends are not amused), is on my mind these days, so indulge me as I drone on and on about his books. This … Continue reading

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The bad old days

Dooms Day Book (1992), Connie Willis, 578 pp. Let’s say time travel is actually possible, and you’re a historian eager to see what things were really like, back in the day. Where would you go? According to Willis’ world, you wouldn’t be able … Continue reading

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