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What will be the 5th wave? Book review coming soon…
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Sophronia is more a tomboy than a young lady and young girls simply do not climb and explore in Victorian Age England. That’s why her mom wants to ship her off to finishing school. However the school that is interested in Sophronia wants her exactly for the talents she already has: getting into and out of trouble. This school is actually a training ground for lady spies. Sure they will learn to curtsy, but they will also learn to throw a knife.
Gail Carriger is an excellent author and she brings a sharp wit to this alternative history/steampunk adventure story. It is set in the same universe as her Parasol Protectorate series (marketed for adults but appropriate for ages 14 and up). So expect vampires, werewolves, fashion, and all sorts of clockwork creatures.
I can’t recommend this book enough. Its funny, suspenseful, and such an enjoyable romp in a highly creative narrative world. If you need something different definitely give this new series a try! Its appropriate for all ages.
The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
One day schematics for a simple device, called a stepper and powered by a potato, show up online. The device isn’t complicated. You could make it at home from spare parts or get the components from Radio Shack. It’s ease of construction isn’t what what makes it the latest fad among children and teenagers. What makes the device appealing to make is that it promises to send you to a parallel Earth. The scary thing is that it works, even though it shouldn’t. Soon kids are disappearing all over and the world is changed in an instant.
One young teen, Joshua, gains notoriety for finding and helping the missing children step back into the original Earth. As he grows up he realizes he doesn’t need a machine to step between worlds. He becomes a new type of explorer, one who journeys through countless different versions of Earth. What is immediately clear is that for some reason humanity is singular to our Earth. On no other reality is there signs of intelligent life, just pristine wilderness.
As people and corporations attempt to exploit all the new resources multiple earths represent Joshua is given a chance at exploring the Long Earth in style. A sentient computer named Lobsang whats to step millions of Earths away and he wants to take Joshua with him. They have an elaborate dirigible that lets the fly and step at the same time. Soon the exploring realities that no one ever dreamed could exist. But out there in the wilderness of multiple realities lies something that waits. What it wants could put all the versions of Earth in mortal jeopardy.
The Long Earth is an adult sci-fi adventure novel that is an absolute delight to read. If you are a fan of alien worlds, computers, or just like to have fun then this book comes highly recommended. It is appropriate for ages 14 and up.
Dodger by Terry Pratchett
Dodger is a young man in Victorian age London. He lives life as a tosher, a person who explores the sewers for lost jewelry and coins and who isn’t above a little bit of thievery when it’s needed.
One night, as Dodger emerges from the sewers, he notices a pair of men beating up a young woman. He quickly comes to her salvation and beat the bad guys until they run away. However this event is noticed by another pair of men, who turn out to be well to do and just want to help. One of the men goes by the name of Charles Dickens. They set up the young girl at one of the houses and proceed to ask Dodger everything he knows about the event.
Soon Dodger is covertly working for Mr. Dickens to get to the bottom of why someone would want to attempt to murder this young woman. Dodger is definitely up for the task, he has all the skills he has learned from a lifetime on and below the streets of London. However what he doesn’t know is that he will have to deal with some of London’s finest. Learning manners, and being clean may just be what gets Dodger in the end.
Dodger is a fun historical fantasy; part detective story, part thriller. I highly recommend it to anyone who needs some excitement in their lives. It is appropriate for all ages.