It’s the first Thursday of the month. Time to report!
What’s the best book you read in February 2023 and why did you love it?
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- a book from our stacks.
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Mine was Lies of the Ajungo by Moses Ose Utomi followed closely by The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty
I did read two fantasy books but was not overwhelmed by either – Deborah Harkness’ “A Discovery of Witches” and Kristin Cashore’s “Bitterblue.” I guess I leaned historical fiction for February – more enjoyable were Matsuoka’s “Cloud of Sparrows” when the samurai and geisha eras were fading away, and Graham Moore’s “The Last Day of Night,” an interesting story of the patent wars between Edison, Westinghouse and Tesla. A good reading month though.
I read Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey part of the Expanse series.
Mine was the last novel in the Babylon 5: The Passing of the Techno-Mages trilogy by Jeanne Cavelos, “Invoking Darkness”. This book takes place after a time skip from the previous one, which was set in early Season 2, to the timeframe of late Season 3. We see more of what Alwyn was doing and learn that Galen made his own strike on Z’ha’dum while John Sheridan was there, as well as seeing in-depth how Anna Sheridan was taken out of a Shadow battleship and trained to deliver that whole spiel she gave in “Z’ha’dum”, which just makes it worse.
I’ve very much enjoyed “Another Faust” by Daniel and Dina Nayeri. It has a wicked temptress who is, in her recent history, a Frenchwoman, but who has been tempting and using mortals for aeons, at least since the time of Cleopatra, including the Salem witch trials, etc. Now she’s kidnapped 5 teens with character flaws that make them easy marks, and she’s given them special gifts. Then this adopted family sets to take over some ultra-elite private school on the Upper East Side. It’s basically the same world as “Gossip Girl,” a show I never watched because my impression was that it was inept, fake, and just generally terrible. This book maybe has some of the same imaginary-Upper-East-Sideness to it, but is quite fun.
Is the Frenchwoman a demon, some avatar of the Devil, something else??…
I read the second in Isaac Asimov’s Galactic Empire trilogy, “The Currents of Space”, set after the Robot series and before the Foundation series. Every time I read Asimov’s prose I’m blown away again by the quality of his writing. It shouldn’t be a surprise anymore
“Finger Lickin’ Fifteen” is the first book I’ve read in Janet Evanovich’s series about bounty hunter Stephanie Plum but the fifteenth in the series overall. It came in a deal with another book on Ebay, and it was fun. A celebrity chef ending up headless starts off this foodie mystery.
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Lee Pfahler, if you live in the USA, you win a Fan Lit T-shirt (please specify 1st and 2nd preferred sizes) OR a book of your choice from our stacks, OR a $5 Amazon gift card. If your address is outside of the USA, you will get a $5 Amazon gift card.
Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!