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Reviews
Amulet 8: Supernova by Kazu Kibuishi
Baddawi by Leila Abdelrazaq
The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden
Bluecrowne by Kate Milford
Bluff and Bran and the Snowdrift by Meg Rutherford
Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld
The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
Echo's Sister by Paul Mosier
Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany
Foe by Iain Reid
Hold The Cream Cheese, Kill The Lox by Sharon Kahn
Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle
How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
Lavender Lies by Susan Wittig Albert
The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part Two by Michael Dante DiMartino and Irene Koh
Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
Lowriders Blast from the Past by Cathy Camper and Raul III
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
Once Upon a Spine by Kate Carlisle
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Personal Demons by Nimue Brown
The Reader by Traci Chee
Secret Coders 4: Robots & Repeats by Gene Luen Yang
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Sodom Road Exit by Amber Dawn
The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling

Miscellaneous
Cybils Update (November 06)
Cybils Update (November 13)
Cybils Update (November 20)
Cybils Update (November 27)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 05)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 12)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 19)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 26)
October 2018 Sources
October 2018 Summary

Road Essays
FFCC99: FF99CC and FF9999: orphans in the wildlands by maze and labyrinth
FF9933: orphan wildlands blue highway
From 00CC33 to 33CCCC: a road narrative analysis of Haunting of Hill House, book and Netflix television series
A Map to the Road Narrative Spectrum
Road Narrative Update for October 2018
The three faces of Eleanor

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3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish



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Road Narrative Update for October 2018: 11/03/18

October book sources

This is my second month of posting an update on the road narrative project. This monthly update is still a work in progress.

I read sixteen books (up from four the previous month):

  1. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (FFFF00)
  2. Three Quarters Dead by Richard Peck (FFCC33)
  3. Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo (FF6633)
  4. Sodom Road Exit by Amber Dawn (99CCFF)
  5. Amulet 8: Supernova by Kazu Kibuishi (99CCCC)
  6. Foe by Iain Reid (993399)
  7. 24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling (6633CC)
  8. The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden (663333)
  9. The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz (663333)
  10. Lowriders Blast from the Past by Cathy Camper and Raúl Gonzalez III (663333)
  11. No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen (666633)
  12. Bluecrowne by Kate Milford (33CCFF)
  13. Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya (336666)
  14. Rust: Soul in the Machine by Royden Lepp (336666)
  15. Pride by Ibi Zoboi (336633)
  16. Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova (3300FF)

Because it's Cybils reading season for us round one judges, this selection has a large number of middle grade fiction books. Interestingly the nominees mostly clump around 663333. Basically, that means marginalized characters (primarily because of age, in rural settings accessible by blue highways)

Narratives read by placement in the spectrum

FFFF00FFCC33 FF663399CCFF
99CCCC993399 6633CC663333
663333663333 33CCFF336666
336666336633 3300FF 

I reviewed or analyzed eight books:

  1. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige (FF6666)
  2. The Million by Karl Schroeder (CCFFFF)
  3. Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City by Will Mabbitt and Ross Collins (CCCC66)
  4. Still Missing by Chevy Stevens (666666) >
  5. Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya (336666)
  6. Pride by Ibi Zoboi (336633)
  7. Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova (3300FF)
  8. Paradox in Oz by Edward Einhorn and Eric Shanower (OOCC66)

Narratives reviewed by placement in the spectrum

FF6666CCFFFFCCCC66666666336666336633
3300FFOOCC66    

Finally I wrote these essays:

  1. FFCC33: Orphan Uhoria Blue Highway: A comparison of The Sentinel and Three-Quarters Dead
  2. FFCC99: Orphan Uhoria Labyrinth
  3. FFCC00: Orphan Uhoria Interstate: The Polar Express, Waiting for Augusta, and Winterhouse
  4. FF99FF: Orphan wildlands cornfield

November will be even more Cybils centric but I will continue to write essays and post road narrative reviews.

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