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Shomeret | 1368 comments I only read eight books which is mildly sub-standard. I'd prefer to have read ten books. I think it's because my favorite read of the month took me forever.
1) Everfair by Nisi Shawl (steampunk Congo alternate history)Source: Net Galley Started: 8/30 Finished: 9/21

Why Read: I first encountered this author when I heard her speak on a panel at the World Science Fiction Convention. She's published short stories, but this is her first novel. I've been looking forward to it ever since I first heard about it. I'm so glad the publisher approved me for an e-galley. It's about how the history of the Congo changes when British socialists try to establish a utopia there.

Comments: You see how long it took to read. Yep, this is the one. It's my best read of September. Highly original with some great characters. Rating A. See my review at

2)A Room Where the Star-Spangled Banner Cannot Be Heard: A Novel in Three Parts by Levy Hideo (historical fiction) 115 pages. Source: Library Started: 9/3
Finished: 9/4

Why Read: This is a translated book by an American who writes in Japanese. It's about an American boy whose father is an American diplomat in Japan in the 1960's. The boy becomes Japanese identified. This sounded unusual.

Comments: I thought it lacked intensity. I gave it a B-

3)The Language of Secrets by Ausma Zehanat Khan (mystery/thriller) 329 pages. Source: Library Started: 9/5 Finished: 9/7

Why Read: The MCs are detectives in a unit specializing in cases that are sensitive for minorities in Canada. This is the second book in the series. The case deals with an operative who was murdered while investigating a terrorist cell. So it's both a mystery and a thriller.

Comments: I really liked the female MC Rachel Getty. I discovered a poet whose work was mentioned in this book. Very good. I rated it B+.

4)Unassimilated by Michael Ben Zehabe (Thriller) Source: Amazon
Started: 9/7 Finished: 9/10

Why Read: I committed to review this book for Bookplex because the MC who had lived in Iran and was now working for the FBI sounded like someone I wanted to read about.

Comments: The author made one serious mistake. The cover has nothing to do with the content of the book. It will either disappoint or drive away readers. There is also a procedural error that I considered strange because I'd encountered it recently in another thriller. The MC is portrayed with complexity. I liked that. Rating B+ See my review at

To Be Continued...

message 2: by Ann (new)

Ann (annrumsey) | 14291 comments Shomeret: These four books look quite interesting. It's fun to find a book like Everfair to immerse yourself over a period of weeks rather than days sometimes.

message 3: by Carol/Bonadie (new)

Carol/Bonadie (bonadie) | 7808 comments Interesting selection, Shomeret. The m/t series piqued my interest.

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