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While my first love was SF, I read widely in YA, urban fantasy, police procedurals,  middle-grade, and non-fiction. 




Currently reading

Sparrow Hill Road
Seanan McGuire
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime
Val McDermid
Progress: 161/320 pages
The Loved Dog: How to Train Your Dog in 30 Days
Tamar Geller
Progress: 103/256 pages


Juba! - Walter Dean Myers

Middle-grade or YA Historical fiction.  Adequate novelization of the story of African-American dancer William Henry Lane (aka Master Juba) in the first half of the 1800's in New York City.  Juba's claim to fame came because of his chance encounter with Charles Dickens, and the subsequent review in Dicken's American Notes. Juba danced in England in the 1850's. It didn't turn out well in the end, but I'll let you read the book to find out why. 


In some ways the excerpts from historical documents are the best part of the book. I found the story a bit dry, and it took me two tries to finish Juba! 


I'd not previously heard of Walter Dean Myers. Juba! has attracted some attention as being Mr. Meyer's last novel, as it was drafted and I believe in production when Mr. Meyers passed away in 2014.