Mini Book Review: Universe of Two by Stephen Kiernan

Mini Book Review: Universe of Two by Stephen Kiernan

Universe of Two is based on the life of the young mathematician, Charles Fisk (called Charlie Fish in this novel), who was unknowingly recruited to work on the creation of the atomic bomb. Charlie is only eighteen, and recently graduated from Harvard, and it’s not until much later into the secret project when he realizes what exactly he’s doing for the ‘war effort’, and thus struggles with his conscience and the moral dilemma of it all.

Beginning in 1943, this book is, for the majority of the time set during the war. It alternates between Charlie’s perspective in third person, and his musician girlfriend, Brenda’s, in first person, and I found this gave an added dimension to the storyline.

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WWW Wednesday: February 3, 2021

WWW Wednesday: February 3, 2021

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly prompt hosted by Taking on A World of Words. If you wish to join, all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

What Are You Currently Reading?

I just started these two books. I’ve heard good things about both, and am looking forward to reading them.

Fifty Words For Rain by Asha Lemmie is set in Japan, just after the end of WW2, and follows a young biracial girl’s coming of age, and the prejudices she faces for the colour of her skin.

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi follows a Ghanian family in present day Alabama. I read Homegoing by the same author last year, and loved it and am interested in reading this book, especially as it deals with mental health issues.

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WWW Wednesday: January 6, 2021

WWW Wednesday: January 6, 2021

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly prompt hosted by Taking on A World of Words. If you wish to join, all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

What Are You Currently Reading?

I’m currently reading three books at once! I couldn’t help myself!

I’m doing a week long buddy read of Universe of Two by Stephen Kiernan, and so far I’m loving it, and trying to limit myself to reading the allotted chapters per day, though it’s so hard, because it’s turning out to be a wonderful novel!

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The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

Its been awhile since I posted, and also some time since I did a proper book review, even though I’ve been keeping track of the books I’m reading on my instagram. I’m hoping to get back into the flow of book reviews as I’ve already read four books this month and have many more on my book cart waiting for me to read.

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline came in for me at the library and I devoured it between that afternoon and the next. I simply couldn’t put it down. Set in the 1840s, this novel tells the story of how female convicts were banished to Australia for the slightest offence, such as stealing a silver spoon or for simply being pregnant out of wedlock.

This is a story of hardship and heart-wrenching loss, cruel injustice and discrimination, as well as also being a story of perseverance and resilience in spite of opposition, and the powerful bonds of friendship and togetherness in the face of trials.

There are three main characters in this book, and each of their stories are equally heartbreaking.

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Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (The Blood of Stars #1)

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (The Blood of Stars #1)

I normally don’t read fantasy (I’m not sure why as all the books I’ve read in this genre I’ve absolutely loved) but this year I decided to branch out from my usual historical fiction, Agatha Christie, and classic literature reads and explore new genres: fantasy being one of them. I’m so glad I did! Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim was a solid five out of five stars for me!

In the spirit of Mulan, Lim weaves together a whole new and fantastical tale about tailors, scissors, magic, adventure, and much more!

Maia is a poor peasant girl and a exceptionally talented seamstress who will do anything to protect her family. As a woman, she’s not allowed to be a tailor, but when her brothers go off to war and her father’s health decreases, she is faced with keeping his business going.

When a royal messenger summons her father to become the Emperor’s tailor–an honour which because of his failing health, he can no longer perform, Maia disguises herself as one of her brothers and goes in her father’s stead, risking her life if she is found out.

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Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste

Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste

Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste is a powerful and heart-wrenching debut set during the Ethiopian Revolution of 1974, the demise of Emperor Haile Selessie, and the terrifying military regime that followed.

Alternating between multiple perspectives, this book chronicles the struggles and sacrifices of one family through a diverse and intricate cast of characters and voices.

There is Hailu, a distinguished surgeon at the hospital in Addis Ababa, struggling with his beloved wife’s declining health, the friction between his younger son, Dawit and himself, and his duty as a doctor in a country whose government is brutally torturing and killing its citizens.

When Derg soldiers bring in a severely tortured prisoner and order Hailu to heal the victim so they can torture them some more, Hailu struggles with his conscience and ultimately makes a decision that will put his life in jeopardy.

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Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

My husband asked me to lie. Not a big lie. He probably didn’t even consider it a lie, and neither did I, at first.”

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim begins with a startling and intriguing confession drawing readers into the heart of the mystery and legal proceedings of a court case involving charges of intentional arson and murder.

This contemporary legal thriller is set in a rural town in Virginia where an alternate and sometimes controversial therapy called HBOT is being preformed on individuals with diagnoses of autism, cerebral palsy, and infertility.

HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy) is a procedure where high volumes of pure oxygen is administered at an elevated pressure in a sealed compartment. While a relatively safe procedure, HBOT can be potentially fatal if fire comes in contact with the oxygen tank–which is the case in this book.

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WWW Wednesday: July 24,2020

WWW Wednesday: July 24,2020

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This prompt is hosted weekly by Taking on a World of Words. To participate you simply answer these three questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What have you recently finished reading?
  3. What are you going to read next?

What Are You Currently Reading?

I’m currently reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I’m halfway through and loving it! This is another spectacular read!

I also just started reading Will of a Tiger by Iris Yang (the sequel to Wings of a Flying Tiger) on my computer.

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Mystery Blogger Award

I want to thank Emily @Frappes and Fiction and Amelia @Amelia’s Book Reviews for both nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award! This is my first time being nominated and I was excited to get nominated twice in one week! If you haven’t checked out their blogs, I would invite you to do so!

Rules

  1. Put the image/logo on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever mentioned you and provide a link to their blog
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog (Okoto Enigma)
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself
  6. Answer the questions provided by whoever nominated you
  7. Nominate ten-twenty people
  8. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  9. Ask your nominees five questions
  10. Share a link with your best post(s)
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