What I read in May 2019 (Part 3)

Two more books I enjoyed reading.

The Perihelix (2nd edition) by Jemima Pett was an e-book I won during the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge. I do not really enjoy reading books on a screen. (I use my laptop for this as well as for all my blogging and reading blogs. Apart from the temptation to move the mouse before I have reached the end of a page and then have to go back to read a couple of words, I miss the possibility of changing my posture or even sitting in a different chair!)  The Perihelix is the first of a trilogy of science fiction books for adults. I haven’t read much science fiction recently, but this is a book in the tradition of Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The well-written story is a quest and there are plenty of unexpected twists and turns. The changes to language in the future are credible and readily understood. I was also reminded of the Harry Potter stories, although they are a different genre. It took me longer to read than if it had been a physical copy, but once I became engrossed in the story I read it in longer chunks. One sentence made me laugh out loud!

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier like another book of hers (At the Edge of the Orchard) is set in North America during the time of the early settlers. It was a library book. It is a good, well-researched story with a reading list at the end and background notes. Apart from enjoying the story I learned some background to the end of slavery in North America.

 

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