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The Grace Year
Kim Liggett
The New Voices of Science Fiction
Jamie Wahls, Sarah Pinkser, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Rebecca Roanhorse, S. Qiouyi Lu, Darcie Little Badger, Kelly Robson, Nino Cipri, Amal El-Mohtar, Sam J. Miller, E. Lily Yu, Alice Sola Kim, Suzanne Palmer, Alexander Weinstein, Rich Larson
Progress: 13%
Engineering Animals: How Life Works
Alan Mcfadzean, Mark Denny
Progress: 125/314pages
The Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization
Nicholas P. Money
Conservation of Shadows
Yoon Ha Lee
Progress: 22%
Le premier jour
Marc Levy
Progress: 180/496pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
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The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages

The Queen’s Man by Sharon Kay Penman

The Queen's Man: A Medieval Mystery  - Sharon Kay Penman

Series: Justin de Quincy #1


This mediaeval mystery got off to a slow start for me. Justin de Quincy is tasked by the Queen to find the murderer of a goldsmith who had been carrying a letter for her.  I spent most of the book thinking it was entertaining but not great, so when some of the characters’ motivations turned out to be not as straightforward as had been implied, I was pleasantly surprised. I liked the resolution of the murder and I quite liked Nell too. Oh, and I adored Shadow.


I hadn’t read Sharon Kay Penman before, so I guess my to-read list has just gotten longer. Sigh.


This was the More Historal than Fiction bookclub’s February pick.