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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Avatar: The Last Airbender - North and South, Part Two by Gene Luen Yang
Bird & Squirrel On Fire by James Burks
Bird & Squirrel on the Edge! by James Burks
Captain Coconut and the Case of the Missing Bananas by Anushka Ravishankar and Priya Sundram
Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
Dreadnought by April Daniels
Edible Numbers by Jennifer Vogel Bass
Extraordinary by Miriam Spitzer Franklin
Extreme Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm
Fenway and Hattie and the Evil Bunny Gang by Victoria J. Coe
The 52-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Giant Days, Volume 1 by John Allison
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
The Maypop Kidnapping by C. M. Surrisi
New Cat by Yangsook Choi
Oh! by Kevin Henkes
Quiet! by Paul Bright
Rock with Wings by Anne Hillerman
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua
Toto Trouble: Back to Crass by Thierry Coppée
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

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The February 2017 Gap
Seven narrative ways to travel
Thanks for the Memoirs

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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



The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: 02/05/17

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin is the first (and probably last) of the Inheritance series that I'll be reading. Yeine Darr is royalty from the barbarian branch of the family. Her mother left the capital to marry for love. Now suddenly, Yeine finds herself summoned to the palace and embroiled in a fight for ascension.

So within the confines of Yeine's family, we have the battle for the throne that's winding down in Neil Gaiman's Stardust. But there's also a supernatural aspect to Yeine's backstory, making her mother an approximation of Una and Rose Quartz (of Steven Universe).

Yeine turns out to be more like Steven than Tristan, in that she is the corporeal embodiment of something otherworldly. But that's really more a thing of last act of the book.

The book is 427 pages (or roughly 900 pages as an ebook), most of which is Yeine walking around the Tower of Babylon styled palace, either marveling at its architecture, reminiscing about her childhood, or having theological monologs with herself. Nothing is ever simply described. Nothing can just be the color ________. It was to be the color adjective adjective ___________ qualifier, some sort of metaphor tied in with a parable.

Here's the thing, she's a stranger in a strange land. How the expletive of your choice does she know any of this? She doesn't. She can't. She's making up stuff just to fill pages and sound self important.

Two stars

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