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Wanda's Book Reviews

I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles.  (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).

Currently reading

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Ann J. Lane
Wizard and Glass
Stephen King, Dave McKean
River of Blue Fire
Tad Williams
Richard Ford
Progress: 36/420 pages

Top 10 Book List for 2014

1. River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay. 

 Luscious historical fantasy that has pushed Kay onto my favourite authors list.

My review: http://wanda-thenextfifty.blogspot.ca/2014/01/river-of-stars-guy-gavriel-kay_2500.html

2. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield.

A very readable memoir by Canadian astronaut Hadfield, who has made the space program relevant again.

My review:  http://wanda-thenextfifty.blogspot.ca/2014/02/an-astronauts-guide-to-life-on-earth.html

3. Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

A love letter to libraries, bookstores, museums, geek culture, the internet, secret societies--that felt like it had been written just for me.

My review: http://wanda-thenextfifty.blogspot.ca/2014/05/mr-penumbras-24-hour-book-store-robin.html

4. Empire Antartica by Gavin Francis.

Having been a very-short-term visitor to Antarctica, I loved this memoir of a young doctor overwintering at an Antarctic station.

My review:  http://wanda-thenextfifty.blogspot.ca/2014/05/empire-antarctica-gavin-francis.html

5. The Martian by Andy Weir.

Fast paced and chock full of humour, The Martian is an excellent hard science fiction book.

My review:  http://wanda-thenextfifty.blogspot.ca/2014/07/the-martian-andy-weir.html

6. The Girl with All the Gifts / M.R. Carey

A new take on an old genre, zombie fiction.

My review:  http://wanda-thenextfifty.blogspot.ca/2014/09/the-girl-with-all-gifts-m-r-carey.html

7. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

My first encounter with Mr. Gaiman's writing, but certainly not my last.

My review:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/732630200?book_show_action=false

8. Among Others by Jo Walton.

Another new favourite author discovered in 2014.  This book is perfect for science fiction readers, library & book lovers, and those who grew up in rural surroundings, especially if you are all three.

My review:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/335255214?book_show_action=false

9. My Real Children by Jo Walton.

Another winner from Ms. Walton.  I found it to be a powerful examination of what it means to be female in our world.

My review:  http://wanda-thenextfifty.blogspot.ca/2014/11/my-real-children-jo-walton.html

10. Crow Lake by Mary Lawson.

A very personal book for me, dealing as it does with children putting their lives back together after losing their parents in a car accident.  A powerful, well written book by a Canadian author.

My review:  http://wanda-thenextfifty.blogspot.ca/2015/01/crow-lake-mary-lawson.html

Here's hoping that 2015 holds some new favourites in store!!