I had heard a lot about this book and decided to give it a go. It supposedly won the Nebula Award in 2017. Yeah, I know, I know….I’m a little late to getting around to this novel.
I wasn’t sure what to think of this novel before I started reading it. I read the synopsis and wasn’t sure if it was something I’d like or not. Anyway, I finished reading this over the weekend and I actually enjoyed it. The book builds and builds until you get the end, even when you don’t realize that it’s building. Anyway, I tried reading something outside the usual with this one and I ended up liking it.
Synopsis: An ancient society of witches and a hipster technological startup go to war in order to prevent the world from tearing itself apart. To further complicate things, each of the groups’ most promising followers (Patricia, a brilliant witch and Laurence, an engineering “wunderkind”) may just be in love with each other.
As the battle between magic and science wages in San Francisco against the backdrop of international chaos, Laurence and Patricia are forced to choose sides. But their choices will determine the fate of the planet and all mankind.
In a fashion unique to Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky offers a humorous and, at times, heart-breaking exploration of growing up extraordinary in world filled with cruelty, scientific ingenuity, and magic.
One of my favorites as a kid was “The Indian in the Cupboard” by Lynne Reid Banks. When I was in school, I read it around 5th or 6th grade. A young boy name Omri receives a plastic Indian figure from his friend as a birthday present. He also receives a small cupboard from his brother and finds out the Indian has come to life upon being placed in the cupboard. I don’t want to tell you too much about the story because I’m not one who likes to reveal spoilers and ruin the book for anyone who wants to read it. But there are more stories that continue in “Return of the Indian”, “The Secret of the Indian”, “The Mystery of the Cupboard” and “The Key to the Indian”. I knew there was a second book but I didn’t realize the story continued into so many books. I’m kind of curious to see how the story continues on in the other books so I’m thinking of re-reading “The Indian in the Cupboard” and then reading through all the others.
Finally…..we get a release date and the cover art for the illustrated edition of the 4th installment of the Harry Potter series, Goblet of Fire. The release date is October 8, 2019 (according to Amazon) and you can view the cover art below. I have been collecting each copy of the illustrated editions ever since I found out they were being released. I plan on re-reading the entire Harry Potter series once I get my hands on each of the illustrated edition of each book. It’ll be nice to get to see all the cool artwork they put into these books as I’m re-reading the series. Anyway, since this comes out in October, it’ll be too late to get this for my birthday but I’m sure I’ll get this for Christmas.
If you are a Harry Potter fan like I am, here are a few books below that I’ve read that you would probably find enjoyable.
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox = This is one of the books that I read earlier this year and I enjoyed it quit a bit. I found this book in the bargain section while browsing my local bookstore. Even though it’s suppose to be a kids book, it is still very interesting.
The Stoneheart trilogy by Charlie Fletcher = This trilogy includes the books Stoneheart, Ironhand and Silvertongue, which were published from 2006 though 2008. The story follows a 12 year old George Chapman through one of the many layers of London. This trilogy happens to be a favorite of mine.
The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer = I’m still in the process of reading this series but it has been enjoyable so far. The story follows twins Alex and Conner on their adventures through the Land of Stories.