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I became a Sandra Gulland fan years ago, when I read her Josephine B. trilogy. It remains one of my favorite works of historical fiction. I’ve had Mistress of the Sun on my shelf for a while now and finally decided to pick it up. We first meet Louise de la Vallière — known as… [keep reading]

Desirable Daughters was recommended to me years ago by a bookstore coworker. I finally got around to reading it. Tara Chatterjee is happy enough in her current life. She and her teenage son, Rabi, live in San Francisco, where they moved after Tara’s divorce from the man her father choose for her. Her ex-husband, known… [keep reading]

Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer crossed my path at a library sale. I finally took it off my shelf because, after reading several books that I found merely ok, I wanted to sink myself into something bound to be good. The setting: Zebulon County, in the mountains of Appalachia. Three characters are living out their lives, determinedly walking… [keep reading]

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan came to me through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program. Sometime in the unspecified future, the seas of Earth have risen. Great cities are now completely under water, and all that remains of the land are tiny islands scattered throughout the vast oceans. Earth's population has sorted itself into damplings (who live… [keep reading]

The Martian Chronciles was recommended to me by a bookstore coworker several years ago, and it's been sitting on my shelf ever since -- a perfect candidate for the TBR Pile Challenge. I enjoyed Fahrenheit 451 when I listened to it a while back, so I was looking forward to wandering into Bradbury's world again. The… [keep reading]