I Read This And You Should Too

I have recently read a number of great books. Those of you who follow me over on my Goodreads page, know this already.1 For those of you who don’t2, or those who would like a little more information about the books I liked so much, I have decided to highlight a few.

I went back a couple of months and highlighted a few books which I gave 4 or 5 star reviews. These run the gamut from non-fiction to fiction of the speculativist
3 variety. For the sake of brevity, I will limit each mini-review to a few lines and link my Goodreads review to each title.

Oh, and for the record, yes audiobooks count as reading.

Title: The Call and The Invasion
By:
Why You Should Read Them
: Amazing story crafting which weaves post-apocalyptic fiction and ancient Irish myth, amazing characters, horror and suspense.

Title: The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
By: Lindsey Fitzharris
Why You Should Read It:
A fascinating and educational look at how surgery changed in 19th Century and specifically the role Dr. Joseph Lister played.

Title:
Gestapo Mars
By:
Victor Gischler
Why You Should Read It:
Do you like action? Suspense? Well written, humorous science fiction? That’s why.


Title:
Space Opera
By:
Catherynne M. Valente
Why You Should Read It:
A funny and heartwarming tale about saving the universe through song. I also enjoyed the not so subtle themes regarding the importance of creativity and the arts.


Title:
The Book of Speculation
By:
Erika Swyler
Why You Should Read It:
It is not often that an author can weave a story between two timelines and two groups of characters while maintaining the reader’s interest in both. Swyler could teach the Master Class in this.


Title:
Where The Hell Is Tesla?
By:
Rob Dircks
Why You Should Read It:
All right, you all know that I’m already biased for this book due to my love of Tesla, but this is some seriously funny yet suspenseful sci-fi right here.


Title:
The Dispatcher
By:
John Scalzi
Why You Should Read It:
I’m just going to quote my own review here:

A mark of a great author is when you read something of theirs and your first thought is “That’s genius! Why didn’t I think of that?” and then you’re annoyed the whole time because someone else came up with the brilliant idea.



Note: There are also some other great books that I read in this time frame, but I also published them and I did not want to be tacky by tooting my own horn.



1 Or you would know it if I was better on keeping up on my posting. I did just do a big series of catch up posts.
2 And why don’t you?
3 Where “speculativist” is a adjective meaning “having more speculative properties than anything else” and not a noun meaning “one who speculatives.”
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4 That footnote just gave me a headache.