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Month in review

Reviews:
Adaptogenia by Wayne Wightman personal collection
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell library book
The Cat Barked? by Lydia Monks library book
Cat Skidoo by Bethany Roberts and RW Alley personal collection
City Above the Sea by Stephen Alan Saft review copy
City Lullaby by Marilyn Singer library book
Corona Centurion™ by Terry Bisson personal collection
Economancer by Carolyn Ives Gilman personal collection
A Field Guide to Monsters by Johan Olander library book
Grey Seas Under by Farley Mowat bookcrossing
Grimm's Grimmest by Tracy Arah Dockray bookcrossing
Grumpy Cat by Britta Teckentrup personal collection
Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them by Rolfe Cobleigh bookcrossing
Harriet's Recital by Nancy Carlton personal collection
I Feel Skitty by Tracey West personal collection
Kin by Holly Black review copy
The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh bookcrossing
Mama, Don't Go by Rebecca Wells library book
No, Never! by Sally O. Lee review copy
Oh, the Things I Know! by Al Franken bookcrossing
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper library book
Paradiso Lost by Albert E. Cowdrey personal collection
Project Anastrophe by George Karnikis review copy
The Publishing Game: Publish a Book in 30 Days by Fern Reiss bookcrossing
The Shipwreck of a Nation by H Peter Nennhaus review copy
Skim by Mariko Tamaki review copy
Sooner or Later or Never Never by Gary Jennings personal collection
Talk to the Hand by Lynne Truss bookcrossing
The Thirteenth Tale by Dianne Setterfield bookcrossing
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee bookcrossing
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon library book
Yoko Writes Her Name by Rebecca Wells library book



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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for Adaptogenia

FSFAdaptogenia: 08/15/09

I love that the apocalypse begins with a Girl Scout selling cookies door-to-door. Her ugly twin is the first sign of things to come. What starts out as a sometimes amusing and sometimes horrifying set of apparitions soon becomes something much worse.

Think if you will of the film Mimic (1998) or perhaps an even older one, The Wasp Woman (1960) but keep the insects small and make them as organized as a swarm of bees without a hive. Then give them an appetite to rival locusts. That's the apocalypse in a nutshell.

For the most part I enjoyed "Adatogenia" and I think the short length (only 15 pages) works well. The starvation of the humans though leaves me with one question: why didn't they eat the bugs? We already eat bugs. They may not be a main course item here in California but bugs are considered a delicacy in many parts of the world.

On that note, I leave you with Iowa State University's "Tasty Insect Recipes."

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Comment #1: Friday, August, 21, 2009 at 23:49:14

Wayne Wightman

Thanks for mentioning the story, and I'm pleased that you liked it. The characters do discuss eating bugs, and perhaps they did, but the insects are also eating everything in sight--so there was a certain amount of hazard involved. Again, glad you liked it



Comment #2: Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 15:01:52

Pussreboots

It's a better horror story the way you wrote it. I did like it.