Binti by Nnedi Okorafor is a story about a girl called Binti who’s leaving her home, running away, for the first time to attend a prestigious university where she is the first of her kind to be accepted. Her people seem to be “primitive” and controlling with separate rules for girls and beliefs that prevent their progress. (I use the word primitive here because while this may be normal now I assume this is centuries into the future and I would like to hope that there aren’t rules just for women to base their marriageability on by that time.) Not to mention her people are viewed as savages by the Khoush inhabiting the place she’s going to.
Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.
But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.
Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.
My heart is a kaleidoscope, and when we kiss it makes my world unravel . . .
Last summer, Gottie’s life fell apart. Her beloved grandfather Grey died and Jason left her – the boy to whom she lost her virginity (and her heart) – and he wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral! This summer, still reeling from twin heartbreaks, Gottie is lost and alone and burying herself in equations. Until, after five years absence, Thomas comes home: former boy next door. Former best friend. Former everything. And as life turns upside down again she starts to experience strange blips in time – back to last summer, back to what she should have seen then . . .
During one long, hazy summer, Gottie navigates grief, world-stopping kisses and rips in the space-time continuum, as she tries to reconcile her first heartbreak with her last.
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Charlie, Presumed Dead – Anne Heltzel
“At a tragic funeral in Paris, two perfect strangers find the one thing they have in common: Charlie Price, presumed dead. A tenuous bond is forged between them, and Lena and Aubrey go on a mind-bending hunt for clues in London, Mumbai, Kerala and Bangkok. But as the quiet malice of their ‘boyfriend’ is slowly uncovered, they’re not sure what’s worse: Charlie’s death or the possibility that he might still be alive. Only one thing is clear – no one is to be trusted.”
Harper Collins has taken up the publishing in India, I believe, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Charlie, Presumed Dead. It looks like it’ll be a great read. It’ll be great reading in my “Girls Only” book club.
What happens when a really cool artistic nerdy cat lover makes a webtoon? Everyone falls in love with it.
The Immortal Nerd is about Nokia, a young adult, living on a space station New Rauma. Nokia has just gotten their immortality and the best use they can come up with it is to browse the old internet all day long without eating or sleeping and not having to worry about dying of hunger. After three weeks of old internet Nokia’s parents decide they’ve had enough.
Genre : Bizzaro fiction, Horror
Summary : Thor, former Norse God of Thunder, has returned to his day job at the Secaucus Holiday Inn, surlier than ever. His Google alert for “Ragnarok” is bringing in fewer and fewer results, and he’s beginning to think that the Twilight of the Gods might never come to free him from the hellish nightmare that is minimum-wage customer service.
But then Timmy, a telekinetic, telepathic super-squirrel, comes skittering back into Thor’s life, bruised and slightly smoking after having his tail handed to him by a two-hundred-year-old mad scientist in a robotic exoskeleton. The rodent needs help, and, despite his best intentions, that help is going to have to be Thor and his friends Chester A. Arthur XVII and Queen Victoria XXX.
Thoughts : To be perfectly honest this wasn’t as great as book one. I might have gone in with my expectations too high.
It might also be the fact that I’ve never seen the inside of a sex shop. Or the outside for that matter.
Book two picks up 13 months after book one ends with Timmy making a comeback and then losing half his powers almost instantly. Chester A. Arthur XVII dies (kind of) and Queen Victoria XXX rushed to avenge his death. Thor and his friends go on a mission to save Chester and so on and so forth.
The book was hilarious at places. Thoroughly crazy everywhere and absolutely maniacal. But it wasn’t as brilliant as book one.
I could simply be prejudiced because I love Timmy too much and wanted him to have a much bigger chunk. I hope he does in book three.
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Author Ravi Subramanian, known for his financial thrillers, has tried his hand at something a little different, The Bestseller She Wrote is a little more fatal attraction-esque. And it seems to be doing ok for a different attempt.
I wouldn’t say I would read it again but it was fine for a one time read.
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I’ve had an ok reading month. Not based on numbers but based on how I feel about the books I read. I won’t post reviews here since I’ve posted Individual reviews. Let’s get on with it!
The Ocean At The End Of The Land by Neil Gaiman was one of the best books I’ve listened to. An involuntary love affair with his books might be started very soon.
This is about a 7 year old boy (unnamed) who lived up the lane from Lettie Hempstock (a member of a rather “magical?” powerful family)who claims that her pond is an ocean and experienced a series of other worldly and horrifying things. One of these other worldly beings soon launch an attack on him under the guise of a human being and he runs to the hempstock farm to seek refuge.
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We are all stories, in the end . . .
A stunning illustrated collection of fifteen dark and ancient fairy tales from the world of Doctor Who.
These captivating stories include mysterious myths and legends about heroes and monsters of all kinds, from every corner of the universe. Originally told to young Time Lords at bedtime, these twisted tales are an enchanting read for Doctor Who fans of all ages.
Written by Justin Richards and illustrated by David Wardle.