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📚 seven of 2020: The Rosewater Insurrection by Tade Thompson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
As fascinating as the first book, this tale of invasion broadens the scope, giving more detail on the alien invaders and moving to a multiple viewpoint narrative. Really enjoying this series.
📚 six of 2020: Rosewater, by Tade Thompson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Really neat blend of alien invasion, psychic abilities, and the Nigerian setting. As with 2017 #PKDickAward nominee After the Flare by Deji Bryce Olukotun, I really enjoy the non-Western setting and influences.
Ada Hoffman, The Outside
Megan E. O’Keefe, Velocity Weapon
Susan Palwick, All Worlds Are Real
Sarah Pinsker, Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea
Tade Thompson, The Rosewater Redemption
Sarah Tolmie, The Little Animals
📚 five of 2020: Return of the Jedi, by James Kahn ⭐️⭐️⭐️
A much better adaptation than Empire was. Most interesting moment: Wicket’s long speech convincing the Ewok leaders to assist the Rebels in their attack on the bunker. Those teddy bears are pretty eloquent!
Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.
📚 four of 2020: The Empire Strikes Back, by Donald F. Glut ⭐️⭐️
A clumsy and unimaginative adaptation. Most interesting for the handwritten notes contributed by a former owner of this copy, correcting all the Han/Leia romance to be screen-accurate.
📚 three of 2020: Dune, by Frank Herbert ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1966 Hugo Best Novel
This one (mostly) holds up well; still an excellent book, with its mix of SF adventure, ecological messages, political maneuvering, and religious themes. Well worth the re-read after many years.
📚 two of 2020: Encounter at Farpoint, by David Gerrold ⭐️⭐️⭐️
A fairly straight adaptation, only a few notable differences from the broadcast episode. As a friend noted, quite amused by the descriptions of men (competence, personality) and women (they’re hot!). 🖖
📚 one of 2020: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, by Fredrik Backman. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A great first book for the year, this one is wonderful. Touching, heartfelt, and hilarious, and a beautiful blend of real and fantasy worlds. An instant favorite.