A couple days late this month!
John Scalzi, Old Man’s War. **** It’s been a while since I’ve read some good science fiction. I like it when authors actually pay attention to what happens when we travel through space. Even though it isn’t central to the plot, I was fascinated with Scalzi’s FTL idea.
Victoria Jamieson, Roller Girl. ***** I bought this graphic novel because I heard my niece Astrid really liked it. Besides sharing a name with the book’s protagonist, Astrid shares a similar stubborn tenacity and enthusiasm. This is a book about a adolescence, friendship, and athletics.
Stephen King, Mr. Mercedes. **** I feel like folks shouldn’t need recommendations to read Stephen King. He’s just a really solid and entertaining writer. I’ve read this before but I decided to reread before I read the other two books in this series.
Nathan Singer, The Song in the Squall. **** A tremendously unique twist on the YA fantasy genre. Alternating between a current timeline and flashbacks, a truly interesting story of a young woman torn between worlds. I found myself wanting to know more about Dya’s world and the biological origins of her species. A Gaiman-esque look at the evolution of folklore as well.