Monthly Roundup β†ͺ Aug/SeptπŸ›«

I’ve had the sleepy b*tch disease as my friends call it. I’M JUST SO TIRED. ALWAYS!!!! ☹️ But I spent September in the UK visiting my sister and seeing friends so I tried VERY HARD to read as much as possible (mostly short books that I have not gotten around to reading from NetGalley), AND I changed my GoodReads reading goal because I want the shiny badge. It’s now at 30, and I think I did pretty well. SILVER LINING!

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THE HAUNTING OF TRAM CAR 015| by P. DjΓ¨lΓ­ Clark πŸ‘ΏπŸšƒπŸ—‘οΈ

I really loved A Dead Djinn in Cairo and I was super excited to learn that Clark wrote another story in the same universe. I also loved that Fatma from Dead Djinn had a cameo in this story to sort of tie the two together!

Sadly though, I didn’t enjoy this story as much as the other. Only because the climax and resolution felt a bit rushed and like it was resolved too easily. It was kinda like ??? Oh ok. That’s it I guess. But despite that I adored the rich detail of the city and the tech used, as well as how it was Steampunk but non-eurocentric. I am a sucker for diverse Steampunk. SO SUE ME. I also really appreciated that Clark clearly has knowledge about the different ‘kinds’ of Muslims (I’m sorry if this is not the right phrasing, but I’m not sure how to explain it!!) and how he adds them in the SFF world of his is so great.

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GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW | by Silvia Moreno-Garcia πŸ¦΄πŸ’€πŸ‡²πŸ‡½

I was interested at first in reading this as I have not read any books (that I can remember) that are based in Mayan myth! The world was really rich and I think the blending of the myths with the reality of the story was really well done. However, I didn’t really like this as much as I thought I would..

I really didn’t get the romance between the two main characters. The entire time I was reading their relationship as more like two friends or even like a brother and sister, and not like two people falling in love. I feel that if you removed the romance it would still work, even with the conflict at the final battle. I DID like that Casiopea was given what she wanted her whole life, more than romance – her agency and freedom.

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THE TRANSFIGURED HART | by Jane Yolen πŸ¦ŒπŸ¦„πŸ‘«

This was very sweet and short, and extremely evocative. Yolen is amazing when it comes to fantasy for every age as far as I’m concerned and this was no different. I didn’t realise it was basically a middle-grade level story, which in retrospect makes sense considering the dialogue and all, but even then it was still really lovely to read! It feels like it’s about believing and the innocence of that belief at a certain age. Like being in the cusp of child and teenager?? IDK if that even makes much sense but this is worth reading if you love Yolen. I wouldn’t say to go look for it on its own, but if it’s in a collection you should read it for sure.

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THE HALF GOD OF RAINFALL| by Inua Ellams β›ˆοΈπŸ˜’πŸ’’

I honestly completely forgot that this was a long poem and not a novella/short story!! It definitely has more flowery language and more of a rhythm to it than most prose I’ve read. Anyway, it’s a really interesting story about ancient gods from Greece and Nigeria who have a hand in the conception and birth of a demi-god, as well as the power familial love has, and the rage and power of abused women. I don’t know if I would have bought this myself, but I do think it’s worth reading if you’re a fan of myths, especially the ancient Greek kind.

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LET’S GO EXPLORING: CALVIN AND HOBBES| by Michael Hingston πŸ―πŸ’¬β›„

I requested this book on NetGalley because I grew up reading Calvin and Hobbes strip reruns in the paper and also as books in the library at my elementary school (I’d fight my classmates to check them out over and over again), but I have never really looked into the history of the comic or Watterson himself.

It was quite an interesting biography especially ass I had little to zero knowledge about the history of it prior to reading. Although at times it felt like Hingston was upset at Watterson for being flippant or uncaring about ending the strip, but then later on he seems like he came to terms with it and was at peace with it all. I really did enjoy reading about Hingston’s thoughts about the meaning of the strip, and I guess, the pathos of Calvin and Hobbes.

I really enjoyed this bit where Hingston wrote that in interviews Watterson always resisted the idea that the strip is about friendship, and he suggests that it’s “on a fundamental level, a strip about loneliness: the ways we keep it at bay, insulate ourselves from it, and occasionally, when our options run out, give into it.”

Would recommend reading this if you’re like me and grew up loving the comics but don’t actually know much about it and would like to! It’s relatively short and easy to read and seems to cover decades in a succinct way.

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I love stories about djinn and this was just the kind of fun djinn story I expected! It’s funny without lacking substance – it’s an interesting take on a utopian future with underlying dystopic tones with regards to ecology and population control. A fun genre bending novella for sure!! However, I still think it needed a bit more fleshing out..

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THE TSAR’S LAST DRAGONS| by Jane Yolen & Adam Stemple πŸ²πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ίβ˜­

IT’S YOLEN APPRECIATION HOURS!!!!! This is a retelling of the events that led up to the death of the Romanovs and Rasputin, and the Bolshevik revolution BUT WITH DRAGONS!!! I can’t lie, it did make me think a bit of the Don Bluth Anastasia film ONLY because the characterization of Rasputin in the story reminded me of the film version. Slight trigger warning for the start of the novella as there is a LOT of anti-semitic dialogue going on but it’s justified considering the historical context.

I would have liked to know a bit more about how the Tsar got the dragons in the first place, and how they came about to being used in Russia. And was it only Russia? Did Britain have them too? Did Queen Victoria command a fleet of dragons too? Were they blue since the Tsar had black and the Bolshevik red????

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