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Reviews:
Amulet 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi
Arthur's New Puppy by Marc Brown
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Cat Dreams by Urusla K. Le Guin and S. D. Schindler (illustrator)
Clementina's Cactus by Ezra Jack Keats
Creepy Crawly Crime by Aaron Reynolds and Neil Numberman
Dinosaur Train by John Steven Gurney
Duma Key by Stephen King
Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Death and Dementia by Edgar Allan Poe and Gris Grimly
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight
Gravitation Volume 2 by Maki Murakami
Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation by Tom Siddell
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Hour of the Olympics (Magic Tree House #16) by Mary Pope Osborne
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
Is it Just Me or is Everything Shit? by Steve Lowe and Alan McArthur
Henry's 100 Days of Kindergarten by Nancy Carlson
Hip Cat by Jonathan London
Knuckleboom Loaders Load Logs by Joyce Slayton-Mitchell
The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl
King Matt the First by Janusz Korczak
Muse and Reverie by Charles de Lint
The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint
No Mad by Sam Moffie
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
Pharaoh's Flowers by H. Nigel Hepper
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Private Eye by Albert E. Cowdrey
Return of the Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
Salmon Doubts by Adam Sacks
The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide
The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry
Snowfall by Jessie Thompson
Songwood by Marc Laidlaw
Sun of Suns by Karl Schroeder
Tonight on the Titanic (Magic Tree House #17) by Mary Pope Osborne
What Pete Ate from A to Z by Maira Kalman
When Cats Dream by Dav Pilkey

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

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



Comments for Sun of Suns

Sun of Suns cover art (Link goes to Powells)Sun of Suns (Virga #1): 03/03/10

Sun of Suns by Karl Schroeder starts the Virga series. Had I not read and loved The Sunless Countries (Virga #4) I probably would have passed on the rest of the series. The series has a slow start as it introduces characters and the unusual manmade world of Virga.

In Virga whoever controls the suns has political and economic sway over all the nations dependent on the light. As these are manmade suns the technology and resources to build new ones is heavily guarded. A splinter group from Slipstream, the largest and most established human civilization has decided to build its own sun and declare independence.

Haydon Griffin is the only survivor of the government crackdown. The unfinished sun is destroyed and the scientists hired to complete the project are killed. Haydon is their son and he believes he has the knowledge to complete their work.

Haydon's story though is only one part of Sun of Suns. There is also Venera Fanning, the wife of an Admiral who has a personal vendetta. Sometime ago she was shot by a stray bullet leaving her scarred and plagued by debilitating headaches that come at random. She keeps the bullet to someday return it to its owner in an act of revenge.

The problem I had with Sun of Suns is the balancing of the plots. Clearly Haydon Griffin was set up to be the big hero of the book but his piece of the book is rather dull. He grows as a character by the time he returns in The Sunless Countries but here he's a poorly realized throwback to the old Saturday film serials. Venera Fanning, the hard as nails, scheming and oft-times bitchy foil for him is the far more interesting character but she's presented as a throw away character who is there to lighten the mood in between Griffin's scenes of brooding.

Fortunately for me, Vanera Fanning is the main character for Queen of Cadensce (Virga #2).

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