Novellas etc read

59. Purple Springs: A novel by Nellie L McClung (University of Toronto, 1921, 1992) was a wonderful read. I’ve had it on my shelf for years and we finally read it all aloud. So many great set ups of suspense of what’s going to hit the fan and yet the character Pearl brings out the best in people and finds common ground for people wanting to make the right decision for their own selfish reasons. It is the last chunky book in a series but it stands well alone.
60. The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs by Tristan Gooley (The Experiment Publishing, 2014) has a great deal of unique information but jumps around like James Burke. The section detailing navigating by stars might fascinate some. He tries to cover the planet not just England but weather clues and lichen news are interesting. For all its fascinating bits, a bit of slog to get through.
61. Empire of the Wild by Cherie Dimaline (Random House, 2019) should have been top billed as paranormal. The cover of green chair makes sense after you read but didn’t exactly hook. The marvel of it zooms once I got past the first chapter. How it all fits together makes me gibbering and jaw-dropped. So interesting.
62. The Black God’s Drums by P. Djéli Clark (2018, Tor) is all male villains and all female heroes but written by a man. It is rapid and short, feeling like a short story at 92 pages, but is delightful in being a steampunk version of U.S. history where a slave uprising caused New Orleans to be a Switzerland of the U.S. during the civil war.
63. Finna by Nino Cipri (Tor, 2020) is a novella of pointed comedy for anyone who ever worked retail. The store is a knock off of Ikea and the characters timeslip through the multiverse.

Empire of the Wild
Purple Springs