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Five for Friday!

Posted on: February 22, 2019

Welcome to a new-ish feature here at Little Red Reviewer, called Five for Friday. The concept is simple – it’s a Friday, and I post a photo of 5 books, and then we chat about them in the comments.

The only things these books have in common are:
– they were on my bookshelf
– I’m interested in your thoughts on them.

have you read any of these? if yes, did you like them? If you’ve not read them, does the cover make you interested in learning more about the book?


Woah, I have not read any of these!  Any recommendations on where to start? What looks good?


A Turn of Light by Julie Czerneda – I’ve read a bunch of her science fiction fiction, haven’t yet dipped my toes into her fantasy.  A friend knew I enjoyed her work, so gifted me with this book.  My super lame reason for not having picked this up yet is because it is one helluva door stopper.  and I have gotten super spoiled on novellas and short novels lately.


Kabu-Kabu by Nnedi Okorafor – this is short stories, I think?  And I loved the first two Binto books. . .


Lex Talionis by R.S.A. Garcia – Someone recommended this to me,  so I bought it, and haven’t read it yet.


Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes – Same as the Garcia book – this was recommended, so I bought it, and haven’t read it yet.


Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang – ok, so I HAVE read one story in here – The Story of Your Life,  that is the short story that the movie Arrival was based on.  I read the story in a rush, we were going to see the movie the next day. I don’t think anything in this collection is meant to be read in a rush.  Also, I love Arrival.


Have you read any of these books?  if yes, what do you recommend?

Not familiar with these books? What looks interesting to you?

13 Responses to "Five for Friday!"

I loved Broken Monsters, but that’s the only one I’ve read. Although I’ve heard really good things about A Turn of Light. I also have an unread copy, and you could kill someone with that thing it’s so big!


I kinda wish Turn of Light had been two books? it looks like it would take me forever to read it.


I think it would go fast, though I haven’t read it.

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Oooo, I have Broken Monsters still to read too. Read that one … I could read it too and we could do linked reviews. … Or I could back the hell off! I’m a bit hyped today – sorry! 😀


hey, no problem at all. I was totally hyped up the other day, so I hear you! 🙂 wanna do read along for Broken Monsters? We can discuss our progress as we go – discussion posts instead of formal reviews?

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That sounds awesome! Can we? 😀


I thought Broken Monsters was very good so I’ll look out for your discussion posts 😀

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Hallo, Hallo,…

I was browsing through your tag in the sidebar for [Fantasy] as I’m trying to sort out different selections for the GOT inspired readthon for Fantasy Lit this July? #IronTomeAThon? I saw you were mentioning A Turn of Light – I’ve been trying to read this for a few years… not because I had no interest but because the year I received it Dad had his stroke; the year after he recovered from said stroke; the following year I had 10mos of hellish health afflictions and that brings us to 2019! Wherein I had 8x migraines + 2mos of adversities to shift through… the 5x migraines of May derailed my abilities to read it during #WyrdAndWonder as my head was not able to attach into anything too long or deep… sad too because I had re-begun reading it and was feeling attached…

Enso, as I’m reading her new MAGE (Fantasy one-off) release this Summer for an August blog tour, I knew I wanted to finish reading the two Night’s Edge novels before then… I’m re-starting A Turn of Light right now and hope to finish during the #IronTomeAThon readathon whilst digging into the sequel during July, too!

I’ll let you know when my thoughts go up on my blog…

Also, I’m re-attempting to read “The Priory of the Orange Tree” as that was also a victim of my migraines in May! Oyy..

PS: I love chunksters, door stoppers and big bricks of books! Most times those are my favourites!! lol


please do tell me what you think of Turn of Light, I need some help to not be intimidated by how long it looks! These chunksters in general intimidate me, i wish sometimes the publishers would cut them up into 200 page novellas. these last 5 years or so, my brain can not handle super long term projects.

I’m reading Mage too!! i can not wait for the tour this summer, i feel like this novel is totally unlike anything Czerneda has written before – the characters, the scale of the thing, the cost of the magic, WOW!!

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OOOh dear… I should have mentioned – I didn’t start MAGE yet!? (blushes) You didn’t spoilt it though… but just in case you wanted to convo me *wait!* til I get into it and then, I can’t wait to convo you back!!

I’ll give you a two week update — by 1st July I am trying to be at the halfway mark in LIGHT 🙂 Sometimes I struggle, too. Such as the life moments / migraines I’ve mentioned? I just can’t digest/process that stuff like I can when I’m not clouded over by everything else… that’s why I think its taking me 3yrs to get into LIGHT? I try not to have GUILT.

When’s your tour stop? Mine are the week of Pub!?


probably good that you haven’t started Mage yet, it will be fresher in your mind at blog tour time. I’ll probably have to reread the whole thing! YES, we will have to chit chat about Mage at a later date!

tell the guilt to go jump in a lake. fun things, like reading, shoudl be done on YOUR schedule. and if health/school/family/work/etc gets in the way, you are still doing all your stuff on YOUR schedule. Guilt can go screw itself.

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