FUNDAY MONDAY, OR THE BOOKS THAT WILL HELP ME SURVIVE THE WEEK AHEAD (SEPTEMBER 19, 2016)

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The work week begins. I quickly slip into my business suit and head back into the office to save a few innocent people. But while I try to fool myself into being excited about the grind, deep down, I’m not, so I’m going to escape dreary reality by reading some great books.

Only positive thoughts this week, as I try to keep churning along with my reading.  Wish me luck.

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everfairEverfair by Nisi Shawl

Genre: Alternate History / Historical Fantasy / Steampunk

Series: Stand Alone 

Publisher: Tor (September 6, 2016)

Author Information: Website | Twitter 

Length: 384 pages

 

Everfair is a wonderful Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium’s disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britian join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo’s “owner,” King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.

Shawl’s speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history. Everfair is told from a multiplicity of voices: Africans, Europeans, East Asians, and African Americans in complex relationships with one another, in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced. Everfair is not only a beautiful book but an educational and inspiring one that will give the reader new insight into an often ignored period of history.

Purchase the book at Amazon.

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navigators-of-duneNavigators of Dune by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

Genre: Science Fiction – Space Opera

Series: Schools of Dune #3

Publisher: Tor (September 13, 2016)

Authors Information: Website | Twitter Herbert
 Website | Twitter Anderson

Length: 416 pages

 

Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s Navigators of Dune is the climactic finale of the Great Schools of Dune trilogy, set 10,000 years before Frank Herbert’s classic Dune.

The story line tells the origins of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood and its breeding program, the human-computer Mentats, and the Navigators (the Spacing Guild), as well as a crucial battle for the future of the human race, in which reason faces off against fanaticism. These events have far-reaching consequences that will set the stage for Dune, millennia later.

Purchase the book at Amazon.

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One Response to FUNDAY MONDAY, OR THE BOOKS THAT WILL HELP ME SURVIVE THE WEEK AHEAD (SEPTEMBER 19, 2016)

  1. PHS says:

    Reblogged this on Archer's Aim and commented:
    Bookwraiths just keeps on reading. Here’s what he’s up to this week!

    Liked by 1 person

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