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Bad Babysitter by Jennifer L. Holm
Beyond Auto Mode by Jennifer Bebb
The Book Fair From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
Bookmarked For Death by Lorna Barrett
The Broken Lands by Kate Milford
Cadillac Couches by Sophie B. Watson
Cleopatra in Space: Secret of the Time Tablets by Mike Maihack
A Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle
D4VE by Ryan Ferrier
Giant Days, Volume 5 by John Allison
Knight's Castle by Edward Eager
Knock About with the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding
The Locksmith issue 3 by Terrance Grace
Made for Each Other by Paul D. Storrie and Eldon Cowgur
Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
Paper Girls, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
Pastoral Cities by James L. Machor
Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass
Poison Kiss by Ana Mardoll
Pumpkin Town! by Katie McKy
Puppy Love by Jennifer L. Holm
The Road Movie Book edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark
Rosemary Remembered by Susan Wittig Albert
Roughneck by Jeff Lemire
Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella
The Time Garden by Edward Eager
Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert
The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin and translated by Sheila Fischman
Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Miscellaneous
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 07, 2017)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 14, 2017)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 28, 2017)
July 2017 Reading Sources
July 2017 Reading Summary

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

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Pi in the Sky: 08/21/17

Pi in the Sky  by Wendy Mass

Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass has been sitting on my to be read shelf since we purchased it brand new during a trip to Portland. We had just finished listening The Candymakers on our road trip. And then the book sat within reach for four years until I happened to finish up The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter and saw a thematic connection between the two books.

Pi in the Sky is about the pie delivery boy to the universe. Joss is the son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe and he happens to be in the kitchen to pick up the newest pie when something goes horribly wrong and Earth has to be ripped from the space time continuum for its own good. His best friend's parents were on Earth at the time and are now gone for good. In their place is a single human girl who was at the epicenter of the event.

What Pi and the Sky and The Long Cosmos (and really the entire Long Earth series is twofold: pi and the multiverse. Backing up one more step — there's of course — the Discworld series. Discworld, though it didn't start out that way, evolved into a stories about how people affect their environment, including the universe. The Long Earth series is a similar discussion with science and a recognizable origin (the Datum Earth). But it evolved over its run into a story of how the universe affects mankind while all the while mankind is trying to exert its collective will on the universe. Pi in the Sky is about how mankind makes reality real.

The last two series, though, use pi, or the ratio of a circles circumference to its diameter, as a thematic building block. Interestingly only "39 digits past the decimal are needed to accurately calculate the spherical volume of the entire universe." (Pi Day: Learn about Pi). Or if you've read The Long Cosmos that would be world 314159265358979323846264338327950288419.

Pi in the Sky also has nods to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, where as you'll recall, the Earth was destroyed just before it revealed the meaning of 42 in terms of life, the universe, and everything. Magrathea is working to redo the Earth. Or in Wendy Mass's version, Joss and his human companion are rebuilding the Earth from the solar system up.

Wendy Mass manages to jump to a similar punchline as the entire Long Earth series but it takes her only one book. Her book includes an afterword that explains the inspiration behind the book.

Four stars

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