Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in 2018, 4 stars, Book Review, Nnedi Okorafor, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi OkoraforBinti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor

Genre: Science Fiction
Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Tor/Forge
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 101
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse.

Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her.

Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene—though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives–and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all.

My Thoughts:
This is the final book in a trilogy of novellas. The story is a fascinating blend of science fiction and coming of age story.

This one picks up right after the events of the second book. I can’t really say a whole lot without giving away too much so I won’t.

This was a satisfying and sometimes surprising ending to Binti’s story. Although I don’t read a lot of science fiction this trilogy was a hit for me. I think that it’s partly because this is totally different than anything I’ve read. Nnedi Okorafor has a fabulous imagination.

If you’re looking for short but interesting books for your next readathon you should pick up this series. Now that all three are available you can really read them straight through.

4 starsRating 4/5

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #96

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 5 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #90

It’s Monday What Are You Reading? is a weekly reading roundup is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

This is technically a weekly meme but I don’t read fast enough to make that worthwhile so I post it every two or three weeks.

Finished in Print

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

This Dark Road to Mercy was my first book by Wiley Cash and I loved it. I’ve had this one on my shelf for several months and it was time to read it. It was incredibly sad but so beautifully written.

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

I’ve never read anything by Hemingway before. After reading this I’m not going to be in any hurry to read any of his other books.

Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor

This is final book in a trilogy of novellas. It is fascinating and unique science fiction featuring a young Himba girl from what is now Namibia who travels across the galaxy to attend a University. Along the way her life is changed in ways no one could imagine.

Started in Print

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie

I have read and loved Robert K. Massie’s books about Peter the Great and also Nicholas and Alexandra. I bought this biography of Catherine the Great years ago. I’m looking forward to actually reading it.

Continued in Print

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated edition by J.K. Rowling with art by Jim Kay

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated edition

Ever since they’ve been releasing these illustrated editions I’ve made a tradition of reading the new one at the beginning of the year. I’m taking my time with this one.

Finished on Audio

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright narrated by Morton Sellers

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright narrated by Morton Sellers

Scientology and it’s adherents have always fascinated me. This was an interesting look into the history of the church and it’s current leaders.

Started on Audio

Glass Houses by Louise Penny narrated by Robert Bathurst

Glass Houses by Louise Penny narrated by Robert Bathurst

I’ve been a fan of this series from Louise Penny since the first book. It’s series I stick to listening to rather than reading.

Reviews since my last update:

Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

Fables Vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willingham

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

Going Clear by Lawrence Wright narrated by Morton Sellers

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

What are you reading?

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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Posted by on Feb 2, 2018 in 2018, 3 stars, Book Review | 5 comments

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Genre: Fiction
Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 127
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway’s most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal—a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

My Thoughts:
This is another one of those classics I have never read until now. I liked it well enough but I certainly didn’t love it. It’s one of those books that the more I think about, the less I think I liked it.

It’s a short book and I took my time with it and was only reading a few pages at a time over the course of several days. I did get caught up in the old man’s battle with the marlin and there were actually moments that were rather exciting. On the other hand there were things that the old man did that seemed pretty stupid for a man who has been fishing all his life.

This was my first book by Hemingway and I have to say I wasn’t blown away. I doubt I’ll make an effort to seek out any of his other work.

3 stars Rating 3/5

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February Photo a Day Challenges

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Fun, photos | 1 comment

February 2018 Photo a Day Challenges

Hello February! Time for another month of daily photos!

I have found a way to make daily photo prompts work well for me.

No single photo a day prompt list fully works for me. I choose to save several lists and choose one prompt each day from among those lists. Every once in a while I just can’t find a prompt that works for me that say so I give myself permission to tag whatever I do want to photograph. I’m happy to say that I love this approach and it works great for me. I highly recommend it.

Here is a sample of the photo a day lists I’ll be using for February:
(click on the images to see larger versions)

If committing to a month at a time feels like too much, there are other weekly and daily options available on Instagram
There are several Instagram accounts that feature a new theme every day or every week. I follow these accounts and every once in a while they save me when I just don’t like any of the other prompts. These are all worth following on Instagram.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan of using prompts for daily photos because it helps make a personal photo journal and also makes me look for inspiration throughout my daily life. It helps me to notice and appreciate the little moments and things every day.

I’ve been doing this since March of 2012 so I’m closing in on 6 years of daily photos.

Follow my Daily Photos on Instagram

These are the most liked of my January 2018 Photo a Day photos:

If you’re not doing a Photo a Day challenge I hope you’ll consider it because it’s a fun way to have a photo journal. If you are, great! Keep up with it. You won’t be sorry. I highly recommend the pick from many prompts each day approach.

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