The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin. Fantasy novel, first in a trilogy, about a world where a family holds power because it controls enslaved gods. The protagonist has to work in a world of unfamiliar politics to try to preserve her nation when she is recognized as a potential heir.
Good book, consciously getting away from certain fantasy cliches. Has a kind of science-fictional feel in the way the premises are thoroughly worked out. Some good character stuff. Worth a read.
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The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin. Second book in the trilogy has largely different characters, moving a couple of decades into the future to show the consequences of the first book. Liked the way that keeps things fresh instead of producing another slice of story.
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Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas, author of "The Slap". Novel that moves backwards and forwards through the life of man, partly showing how he rebuilds his life after a prison term, partly showing his youth as a working class Australian schoolboy on a swimming sports scholarship to a wealthy private school.
Thought this was a fantastic book. It's gripping and hard to put down as you want to find out what happened and what will happen. It's also moving with characters that you care about. It also has things to say about class and masculinity, as you see the protagonist trapped into displays of aggression.
Well worth reading if you read mainstream fiction.
Toddler recovered from his chicken pox. Thankfully looks like there will be no facial scars, managed to keep him from scratching. He went back to nursery on the same day I went back to work.
Finally getting some work out of him as he can shell peas. Unfortunately he tends to get a bit Sorceror's Apprentice and dash into the kitchen to shell peas when we don't really want him to...
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