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Book Review: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

 

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

 Rating: 4 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

 Publisher: Riverhead Books


 I very much enjoyed this! After reading Parable of the Sower I was in a deep book hangover and this was just what I needed to pull me out of it (I may be right back in that space after all). More than anything, I loved that I felt for and cared about each character. I was drawn in by all of them.

Book Review: Parable of the Sower (Earthseed #1) by Octavia Butler

 

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
 Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

  Rating: 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  Publisher: Open Road


My five-star reads are far and few between as I have strict criteria for them. But when I find them, they grab me and I know they'll remain a part of me always. So that happened with The Parable of the Sower This is one that kept me up late into the night, struck a chord with me and is one I'd read again.

Book Review: Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold

 

Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold
Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold

Rating: 3 Stars 🌟🌟🌟

Publisher: Baen


This was another book in the box of old books we inherited and had a space station on the cover and if you've read my reviews, you know how this goes. This also happened to be the first of Lois McMaster Bujold that I've read. What can I say, there are a lot of books to get around to in life but I'm getting in my fair share of old science fiction in 2020.

Book Review: Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View by Elizabeth Schaefer


Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View by Elizabeth Schaefer
My rating: 4 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Publisher: Del Ray


Oh, this was a fun read! Forty short stories, each from the POV of side characters in Star Wars: A New Hope. This is just my sort of read because I love SW and have always been eager for the wider GFFA experience. The galaxy is bigger than the Skywalkers and others also have thoughts, dreams, problems, lives, deaths and a point of view. I didn't love all of these but such is to be expected in a compendium of short stories but there was plenty here that I did love. Some of my favourites follow:

Book Review: Seven Dead by J. Jefferson Farjeon


Seven Dead by J. Jefferson Farjeon
My rating: 3 stars 🌟🌟🌟
Publisher: British Library Crime Classics


The story of how seven dead people come to be in a locked room of a manor house was what hooked me into reading this and I loved the way it began with a burglar being the one to happen upon them while trying to rob the house. Sadly, what followed was mostly disappointing to this reader. I loved Mystery in White by Farjeon so my disappointment was probably felt more.

Book Review: The Exiles Trilogy: Three Novels by Ben Bova


The Exiles Trilogy: Three Novels by Ben Bova
My rating: 2 stars  🌟🌟
Publisher:  Berkley

I picked this up because it was in a box of old books that we inherited and it featured scientists exiled on a space station because they're on the cusp of completing the human genome project and the World Government is worried that this knowledge will be too much for society to handle. It sounds silly of course because real life didn't proceed that way at all but it may have been more plausible when this was written in the 70s. Anyway, the blurb had me at "space station". This compendium has all three novels in the Exiles Trilogy and they were quick reads.

Book Review: Death on Windmill Way by Carrie Doyle


Death on Windmill Way by Carrie Doyle
My rating: 3 stars 🌟🌟🌟
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press

This caught my eye (that cover is wholly responsible) and I'm always a fan of reading about small communities that are "off-season" (resort or college towns). This was set during autumn and gave a very good feel for the pace and also a look in at the shops and the inn Antonia (our amateur sleuth) owns and runs. I was about even on what I liked and what I found didn't quite work for me (pretty usual for a first in a series) so first what I liked.