Still haven’t been feeling the urge to review as much, so here’s another quick month-end summary. I read 4 pieces of fiction and parts of 3 non-fiction books during May.
A is for Alibi is the first book in the long-running “Alphabet Mysteries" series. While the novel was originally contemporary, it now reads as a period piece from the days before cell-phones. While there were some wobbles, I’ve been looking for a new mystery series and I’m curious to see what kind of writer Sue Grafton matures into. Ms. Grafton, unfortunately, died at the end of 2017.
Ninefox Gambit was the winner of the 2016 Locus Award as wells as being nominated for the 2017 Hugo, Nebula And Arthur C. Clarke Awards. I read Mr. Lee's first full-length novel because the sequel was nominated for the 2018 Hugo Award. The start of Ninefox Gambit was very confusing start as you are thrown headlong into a very inventive world. But I very much enjoyed the story once all the players were in motion. I’m likely to re-read this since I feel like I missed a lot of the nuance.
I’ve been seeing glowing reviews of All Systems Red on my feed for a while, and was able to download the ebook for free from Tor.com in April. The story won the 2018 Nebula Award for Best Novella. I'm glad I spent the time with Murderbot and I hope that my local library makes the sequels available.
I finally finished I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life, which was the March selection from the Flat Book Society. The story of the microbiome was interesting, but for whatever reason, I found it hard to maintain the attention needed to follow Ed Yong’s well-researched summary. I love that, while I Contain Multitudes was clearly written for a general audience, the back 20% of the book was still footnotes and citations of primary documents.
My IRL book-club read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for our mid-May meeting. I’d read it several years ago as an audiobook. I didn’t start until a week before the meeting and had finished about the first 1/3 by our discussion. After the meeting, I just didn’t feel like taking the time to finish, so moved on to other things.
I read a few chapters in A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup, which was the Flat Book Society selection for May. As a non-Christie reader, I didn't find it all that compelling and chose not to finish.