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    Borne by Jeff VanderMeer | Book Review

    Borne by Jeff VanderMeer My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book made my brain explode with color. The post-apocalyptic world is alive with dreadful creatures, bubbling bio-chemical rivers and pools, and ruin. The heroine, Rachel, from what I gathered (she tells the story and mentions her appearance only briefly) appears to be a woman of color (African descent?), which is welcomed, as most science fiction has white characters and male protagonists. The antagonist, Mord, is a 3-story tall, brown bear that flies. Yes, you read that correctly. The title of the book is the name Rachel gives the almost human, plant and cephalopod like, bio-tech that she adopts, teaches,…

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    Join Other Avid Readers for the 2016 Reading Challenge

    I joined¬†a group of readers, who follow Modern Mrs. Darcy,¬†participating in the 2016 Reading Challenge. Are you game? Below are the challenges. There a few that I look forward to tackling, including: a book published before I was born and a book that intimidates me. I’ll look at The Books of the Century to find a book published before my birth date, and the book that intimidates me is David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. I’m ready to get started. I want to increase my reading over that done in 2015. I’m very disappointed in having only completed 20 books last year. That is well below what I usually read in…

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    Book Meme – 4 Sentences

    I’ve always enjoyed book memes. This is a fun one that you might enjoy. 1. Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. (No cheating!) Here is what I selected: Beeing: Life, Motherhood, and 180,000 Honeybees by Rosanne Daryl Thomas. This is a fabulous book! I’ve kept it at my desk because I’ve wanted to mention it in a post. I’m fascinated by bees and someday I hope to be a beekeeper. 2. Locate page 123. Find the first 5 sentences. On your blog, post the 4 sentences that follow those five. (You can edit down to 3 sentences if you prefer.) Here are my 4 sentences: He…