Book Review: Record of a Spaceborn Few

Record of a Spaceborn Few
By Becky Chambers

My Edition:
Paperback, 359 pages
2018, Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781473647619

The humans of the Exodus Fleet has been set in their ways since their departure from Earth. They’ve joined the GC and accepted the more advanced technology offered by other sapients, yet hold themselves apart from the rest of civilized space. Tessa, Ashby’s brother, has stayed with the Fleet, but recent events have made her question her decision. Sawyer hopes to join the Fleet and find a connection to his ancestors, or at least a place that feels like home. But after disaster strikes, people begin to ask themselves “What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination?”

I always struggle to describe Chambers’s books because they’re more about the people and the development of their relationships than the plot. That blurb is a mash-up of me attempting to summarize and also help from the back of the book.

Anyway, as usual, I love Chambers’s tone and the universe she’s created.

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: A Hero for WondLa

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent – I created this feature to highlight and appreciate the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many wonderful editions!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Old Kingdom

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent – I created this feature to highlight and appreciate the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many wonderful editions!

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Book Review: Kings of the Wyld

Kings of the Wyld
By Nicholas Eames

My Edition:
Paperback, 494 pages
2016, Orbit
ISBN: 9780356509020

Clay Cooper is a retired mercenary who’d like to spend the rest of his days running a cozy little inn with his wife and daughter. When “Golden” Gabe, frontrunner of Clay’s old band, shows up on his doorstep, bedraggled and pleading for help, Clay is torn. Gabe wants to rescue his daughter who is trapped in a castle under siege by a hoard of thousands of monsters. To do so, he needs to reunite the band and cross the The Heartwyld – a massive forest full of creatures of unimaginable horror. It’s a suicidal mission, but if there’s any band to tackle it, it’s the Kings of the Wyld.

This book had me chuckling by page two. Literally. After that, I pretty much never stopped.

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Books of Bayern

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent – I created this feature to highlight and appreciate the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many wonderful editions!

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Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Taylor Jenkins Reid

My Edition:
Paperback, 389 pages
2017, Washington Square Press
ISBN: 9781501161933

Film star and Hollywood highlight, Evelyn Hugo has survived seven husbands. In her old age, long since retired from acting, she decides she’s ready for her memoir to be written and she picks reporter Monique Grant for the job. Monique is puzzled, but ready to launch her career with the story of a lifetime. Evelyn’s story is more complex than Monique ever imagined and tied up with it is the celebrity’s reason for picking Monique to tell her story.

While I do enjoy the occasional Hollywood-based historical fictionesque books (see The Swans of Fifth Avenue) or ones that delve into the lives of the social elite (see also The Devil Wears Prada, Gossip Girl and maybe even The Nanny Diaries) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo wasn’t initially on my radar. Then people started talking. Then people with very similar reading tastes to my own started talking. I finally decided to give it a shot…

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