The Philosopher’s Flight

Author Tom Miller rewrites U.S. history to include sorcerers...er, I mean philosophers, who openly use not yet fully understood science to do things that seem like magic. I was excited to see that Miller is a fellow Wisconsinite. This may have made the book cooler in my eyes, but it was also an entertaining sci-fi story.

In the Presence of Evil

This murder mystery by Tania Bayard has a cool medieval twist. Christine de Pizan is a rare female scribe in medieval Paris who is bent on proving a lady-in-waiting, Alex de Clairy, didn’t kill her husband. I liked that along the way Bayard focuses on describing typical medieval life for non-nobles.

All the Ever Afters

This novel by Danielle Teller surprised me in the best way. It’s “The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother” where the stepmother, Agnes, tells her side of the story. It reads like a historical fiction novel set somewhere in medieval or early modern Europe. No magic to see here, just vicious rumors that created a fantasy.

Difficult Women

This book is a collection of short stories by Roxane Gay. While I wish the stories were more varied, they were very immersive. I think I would really enjoy reading a novel by Gay. She writes in a very pretty manner, to the point where I often felt her beautiful writing and harsh topics clashed. It wasn’t bad, just kind of jarring.

Your Money or Your Life

The original Your Money or Your Life (YMYL) by Joseph Dominguez and Vicki Robin is often touted as the cornerstone to today’s FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Early Retirement). So of course there was a buzz when Robins announced an updated 2018 version.

Frenchman Street

The main character, Drusilla Jaco (DJ), is a wizard and sentinel of New Orleans. As a sentinel her main job is to act as border patrol to the human/Beyond border, keeping most preternaturals in the Beyond and cleaning up the messes of those who get pass. Then Katrina hits, which damages the border and makes it easier for pretes to cross.

Norma

I felt so-so about Norma by Sofi Oksanen. It involves a woman who has hair with supernatural properties - it grows abnormally fast, senses danger, seems to have a personality of its own, and more.

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