Suggestions for 2017
Mythopoeic suggestions (Sammath Naur)
- Burt recommends Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (288 pages /7:04)
- 500 year old brilliant secret cult society seeking eternal life meets brilliant geeky Google programmers seeking codes to break. And in the middle is a strange delightful vertical bookstore whose elderly proprietor asks you as you enter his store, "And what is it you seek?"
- Burt recommends The Bees by Laline Paull (352 pages /10:15)
- Even if you hate stinging buzzing little things you should like this book that takes you inside the hive into a strict caste society where everyone knows their place...except our lowly heroine who sees a great coming danger and tries to save her home and fellow workers despite blocked at every turn by the feudal restrictions of her hive. Along the way also meet Wasps and Flies and egotistic male consort bees who court the Queen. I have never looked at bees in the same way since reading this book.
- Vanessa recommends Uprooted by Naomi Novik (464 pages / (17:43) Dropped from recommendation
- Highly accliamed fantasy novel. A magician named Dragon, an evil forest, a queen who has been lost to the people, a young angry prince, and a young girl who is chosen to serve Dragon.
- NPR Review
- Lee recommends Smoke & Mirrors:Short Fictions & Illusions by Neil Gaiman (339 pages / 10:36)
- Haven't read it yet, but I've always enjoyed Gaiman
- Official Website
- Ed recommends Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowlings, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne (320 pages)
- This is a special rehearsal edition of the script for the play that opened in London on July 30, 2016. It is 19 years after the last book and all the characters are bringing their kids to start at Hogwarts. Like with many kids and their parents there are a lot of problems. I have not finished the book but so far it is very interesting and should make a good read
- Steve recommends The Found and The Lost: The Collected Novellas by Ursula K. LeGuin (816 pages / 34:00)
- Haven't read it, but would love to be immersed in her writing again.
- Vanessa recommends Get in Trouble, by Kelly Link (387 pages / 10:53)
- A collection of quirky short stories by master short story author, Kelly Link. (Magic For Beginners, Pretty Monsters)
- NYT Review
- Vanessa recommends Kraken by China Mieville (528 pages / 16:09)
- A fun, entertaining, and very different novel from China Mieville. A giant "dead" squid disappears from the London"s Natural History Museum. The fun begins as Billy the curator tries to figure out what happens. This book is full of religion, British humor, fantasy, and an apocalypse or two.
- NYT Review
Non-Mytho Suggestions (Mo'olelo)
- Pat recommendsa Bak Orphan Train by Christiner Kline
- Between 1834 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the east coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children to what they hoped would be a better life. This is the story of Vivian, one of those children who eventually becomes a wealthy woman and retires in Maine. There she meets Molly, a 17-year-old foster child, who is assigned to help Vivian clean out her attic as community service, I like the way the story goes back and forth between the present and 1930's Minnesota, showing the parallel lives of the two girls.
- Burt recommends La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall-Smith (304 pages /7:06)
- Heart warming book about difficult times (World War II) on a small British Island where one brave woman makes a difference. Alexander has become one of my favorite authors. He manages to find the goodness in people with wit and good writing without being overly sentimental.
- Ed recommends Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger (192 pages / 2:59)
- A look at how both war and society can contribute to PTSD, depression and other problems. It starts in the 1600 and shows how settlers and Indians interacted. Was on the best seller list in the middle of 2016.
- Steve recommends Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (352 pages / 11:24)
- This is one of the favorite books of Erin Morgenstern (author of Night Circus). It is filled with music, interesting interactions, and reflections on life. A number of disparate groups of people are thrown together and forced to coexist somehow. The writing is great, there are memorable passages and surprising revelations. Don't be put off by the premise of the book, which is a hostage situation. The terrorists are actually not all that bad, for the most part. 4 out of 5 stars by 1425 Amazon readers. The book sold more than a million copies in the United States and has been translated into thirty languages.
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