Finally back to this!
I only read three books that I classified as speculative fiction:
- Arrival (Stories of Your Life) by Ted Chiang contains the story that served as the basis for the movie Arrival. I did not see the movie, although I thought I wanted to, but I have to say now that I am very glad I didn’t. Not that the movie was bad or anything. It’s just that the story was so good that I don’t think any movie could do it justice! And the other stories in the book are every bit as good as that one. This was a book I paid full price for, and I am very glad I did. I cannot recommend it enough.
- The Whisper of Stars by Nick Jones is the first book in a 2-book series. It is a thriller set in the year 2091. It doesn’t seem all that far-fetched. In response to global warming and a rapidly growing population, it is decided that people should go into hibernation on a rotating basis. Of course, it isn’t that simple. I enjoyed the book and will probably try to read the other one.
- Dragon Rose by Christine Pope was a really enjoyable book. It is cross between Beauty and the Beast and The Hunger Games. A town is required to supply the dragon with a wife every few years. She is chosen by lottery. Rhianne Menyon volunteers to go in place of her friend, who is engaged to be married to someone else. Sound familiar? It doesn’t feel like a repeat of an old story, though; it is just different enough to feel fresh, to me at least. This is part of a series, and I will likely read more.
I also read two pieces of historical fiction:
- The Viking by Marti Talbott is the first book in a 5-book series. A young Viking/Scottish boy is left in Scotland after his father is killed. Vikings aren’t very popular in Scotland, and he must be very careful. He is taken in by a family that has its own problems. The story is very good. On Amazon, it is billed as “A clean Scottish family saga” and this book, at least, sets the stage for that.
- A Body in Berkeley Square by Ashley Gardner is the fifth book in this series that I so much enjoy. Captain Lacey is called in to discover who killed a young man at a ball. The man accused of the crime is his former mentor and superior officer, a man with whom he has had problems in the past. I have really enjoyed all the books in the series that I have read, and this one was no exception. I will be reading more!
I read one novella, another Captain Lacey story by Ashley Gardner, The Necklace Affair. Again, the Captain solves the mystery with the help of his many friends and even an enemy or two. I really enjoy this series!
Finally, I listened to one audiobook, On the Trail of the Space Pirates by Carey Rockwell. I got it from Librivox.org. The story was written for kids, but it was fun to listen to. The young hero, Tom Corbett, is a Space Cadet in the traditional sense of the word, and he ends up saving the day. I enjoyed it.
So that finished up my May reading. So far in June I haven’t read as much as usual, but I may catch up!