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Another Brother by Matthew Cordell
Bad Houses by Sara Ryan
The Boneshaker by Kate Milford
Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White by Lila Quintero Weaver
Dark Tort by Diane Mott Davidson
Desert Gold by Zane Grey
Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
Fire by Kristin Cashore
The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan by Maxwell Eaton
Heartless by Gail Carriger
In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente
Know the Parts of a Book by Janet Piehl
Lily Renee, Escape Artist by Trina Robbins
The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman
Mr. Puzzle Super Collection! by Chris Eliopoulos
My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman
The New Ghostbusters Volume 1 by Erik Burnham
No Ordinary Owl by Lauraine Snelling and Kathleen Damp Wright
Peek-a-Boo Monsters by Charles Reasoner
The Pirate's Eye by Guy Bass
The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
Rin Tin Tin's Rinty by Julie Campbell
Sacred Clowns by Tony Hillerman
The Shadow King by Jo Marchant
Tankborn by Karen Sandler
Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep! by Mo Willems
Unraveling Freedom by Ann Bausum
The Very Big Carrot by Satoe Tone
Watch Me Throw the Ball by Mo Willems

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
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2 stars: OK
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Comments for Tankborn

Tankborn: 11/03/13

cover artTankborn by Karen Sandler uses the Indian caste system and some modified sanskrit terms as world building tools. In this planet-wide India, named Loka, Kayla and Mishalla, long time best friends, and GENs (Genetically Engineered Non-Humans) are separated for their assignments.

I read the book on the promise of a thought-provoking plot and an ethnically diverse cast of characters. While the diversity is there, the forty of so pages I got through didn't show the nuances of life in a remote land (or this case, planet), nor a credible sense of how the Loka caste system worked — beyond being a simplified version of the Indian system.

Kayla suffers from a similar attention spam problem as Braden in Demon Eyes, expect she seems to have a more extreme case of it. In the pages I read, she bounced around from feeling a terrible loss at her separation, to anger at the caste system, to hormones over the great grandson of her new master to mundanely complaining about her cramps. When the cramps were given as much page space as more serious items, I closed the book.

In those few pages, I really got no sense of Kayla as a person or the world in which she lives beyond it being "India on a far away planet." Planets are HUGE and India, while large and diverse, is still small compared to the Earth.

1 star

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