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Shomeret | 1167 comments 4)Love, Murder & Mayhem: Cosmic Tales of the Heart Gone Deadly Wrong ed. Russ Calchamiro (mystery/science fiction crossover anthology) Source: Tour promoter for blog tour Started: 6/15 Finished: 6/18

Why Read: Well, there are some Star Trek authors that I've read in the anthology. So I thought I might like it.

Comments: There's a wonderful story about an artificial intelligence named Sherlock who is a detective by an NTMA named Mary Fan. Watson repairs the AI when he can't repair himself. There are also a couple of other stories that I liked. But I rated the anthology as a whole C. See my review at

5)American Static by Tom Pitts (noir crime thriller) Source: Wiley Saichek Started: 6/19 Finished: 6/24

Why Read: Wiley pitched this book to me and I thought I might be interested because it takes place in the San Francisco Bay Area where I live.

Comments: This is a serial killer novel. One killer is one of the POV characters. So it's a whydunit rather than a whodunit. Lots of violence and noir atmosphere. It's pretty grim for the most part, but there's justice in the end. I thought it was well done even though this isn't my kind of book. I gave it a C+, but if you're a noir fan you'd rate it higher. See my review at

6)American Street by Ibi Zoboi (YA contemporary fiction) 330 pages. Source: Library Started: 6/24 Finished: 6/27

Why Read: So what's with the two books in a row with "American" in the title? Is it because it's close to the 4th of July? Nothing like that. It's a coincidence. This is a novel from the perspective of a teen brought up in Haiti dealing with immigration, crime and Voodoo.

Comments: I thought that the Voodoo was the inspiring part. It takes place in Detroit where things are pretty hopeless for African American teens. In addition, the Haitian MC's Mom has been imprisoned by ICE. I found it very topical and powerful. I gave it a B+. It would have been A if it weren't for foolish teenager decisions which I see too often in YA. See my review at

7)The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist by Marcus Rediker (biography) Source: Edelweiss ARC Started: 6/27 Finished: 6/30

Why Read: Now this is the book that I read for the 4th of July. I really like the idea of celebrating the 4th by reviewing a book about an obscure American historical figure who I find inspiring.

Comments: Benjamin Lay was a great man who should be better known. He was advocating immediate abolition of slavery in colonial Pennsylvania. Rating A. See my review at

Only seven books, but a couple of them were amazing. Not a bad month at all.

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Ann (AnnRumsey) | 10938 comments Amazing books are always a treat! Nice month Shomeret!
The AI short story sounds intriguing. I am not very good at reading anthologies; it seems crazy that I don't have patience with them since the whole point is a shorter story; however short stories don't often conform to fit in the print reading time I manage to squeeze in and short stories rarely lend themselves well to audio (for partly the same time segment reason)

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