Books I read in August 2020

I finally got around to reading Malafrena by Ursula Le Guin. I reread March by Geraldine Brooks. And I very much enjoyed Seanan McGuire’s ghost novel.

Malafrena by Ursula Le Guin

In an Eastern European country that never was, a young man tries to be a revolutionary in the face of the crushing might of the Austrian Empire. Wistful and elegiac in tone; interesting to read a non-SF book by Ursula Le Guin.

March by Geraldine Brooks

Amazing book about what happens to Mr March from Little Women while he’s away being involved in the American Civil War. I loved the character of Grace and her complex story. This is the second time I’ve read this book and I got even more out of it on the second reading.

The Girl in the Green Silk Gown, by Seanan McGuire

Excellent ghost novel by Seanan McGuire, truly evocative of lost diners, mysterious endless roads, and the vast expanse of the twilight. I love her ever-growing mythology of Americana.


I also started, but did not finish, The Oppenheimer Alternative by Robert Sawyer. I did take a sneak peek at the ending, though. The ending was the best bit. The rest was a bit boring. Not his usual gripping stuff.

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