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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
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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
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A Place of Execution by Val McDermid

A Place of Execution - Val McDermid

This book explores the investigation of the disappearance of a thirteen year old girl in the 1960s from a tiny village (hamlet?) in England. It’s kind of hard to describe without getting into spoilers. It’s probably safe to say that someone does go to trial despite the fact that they never find her body and the mystery isn’t completely solved until many years later. I had wondered about the twist at the end despite not having figured out how it could happen so I didn’t find it all that surprising, but I still found the book to be an enjoyable read. I liked it a lot better than the other book that I read by Val McDermid which also had a crime committed in the past but had a lot more rehashing of the events in the present day.


I read this for booklikes-opoly square New Orleans 21 “Read a book set on an island or that has the ocean on the cover!” since it has been decided to accept England as an island. At 404 pages and following the new shake-up rules, this earns more another $10 for my bank, bringing the total to $150.