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Recent Reading: 2-21-14

And-All-the-StarsAnd All the Stars by Andrea K Host: Several blogging friends have been praising Host’s books for a few years now and I finally got around to reading one. And All the Stars is marvelous–diverse, thoughtful sci-fi, which takes a somewhat improbable scenario and makes it real and human.

The Bearkeeper’s Daughter by Gillian Bradshaw: Historical fiction about Justinian and Theodora, with the focus on a probably-not-real son of Theodora’s. I liked the way Bradshaw weaves in the court history and politics while also keeping a very human and down-to-earth focus on John and his struggles.

Imperial Purple by Gillian Bradshaw: There’s a similar setting and ethos to this one, which looks at the end of Theodosius II’s reign. I found that having the main characters being regular people caught up in larger events gave me more of a sense of everyday lives, as well as being a perspective you don’t always see in historical fiction.

Pride of ChanurThe Pride of Chanur by C.J. Cherryh: Rachel Neumeier told me to read the Chanur books, so I did. 🙂 I loved the way Cherryh keeps the narrative entirely from Pyanfar’s point-of-view, making it far more effective than splitting the story between characters. Perhaps because of that, I did feel a slight distance from the characters, more so than with the Foreigner books. Nevertheless, I am definitely invested enough to read the rest!

By Maureen LaFerney

My name is Maureen. I currently work as a library assistant in a public library in the Indianapolis area, and also just so happen to be a voracious reader. I frequently end up under a cat.

10 replies on “Recent Reading: 2-21-14”

I have my very first Gillian Bradshaw book out from the library right now, but I’ve been so busy writing lately that I haven’t had any time for it. 🙂 I’m looking forward to it, though…eventually…

I’m definitely intrigued!

I was so impressed by And All the Stars. Host manages to do so many things so well.

[…] Imperial Purple and The Bearkeeper’s Daughter by Gillian Bradshaw: I continued to wend my way through Bradshaw’s backlist. Of the ones I read this year, these two were my favorites, although they’re more on the level of purely enjoyable books than the wonderful Beacon at Alexandria. I appreciate so much the way that Bradshaw conveys a sense of a time; I never feel like her characters are modern people slightly disguised. […]

[…] And All the Stars by Andrea K Host: This was the first book I read by Andrea Host, and in some ways it’s still my favorite. A post-apocalyptic (sort of) survival tale (sort of) with some romance and mystery. I loved Madeleine most, but I also loved the way Host draws in the other characters, and how diversely populated her world is. […]

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