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Five for Friday!

Posted on: March 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.

Want to join in? Post a picture of 5 random books you own, with the tag #5ForFriday and get your friends talking.

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?


I think this is the first #5forFriday I’ve done where I’ve actually read all the books!  I even got all organized and fancy and put links to my reviews below! this may never happen again . . .


Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey (2016) is a quiet and unassuming urban fantasy that doesn’t go in the directions you expect.  I loved it.   So many urban fantasies feel all the same to me, this seemed refreshingly different.


In The Garden of Iden by Kage Baker (1997) – if you want to get addicted to a series about immortal cyborgs, where the plot gets so zany and dark you’re not sure if you should laugh or cry, this is the book for you.  I’ve not read the entire series, because there will never be any more. When I’ve finished grieving and processing that thought, i’ll be ready to finish the series.


The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (2010) – This was my first Jemisin, and I read it as a read along.  Maybe it’s a Jemisin thing, or maybe it was my group of read along readers, but I’ve become a firm believer that Jemisin books are best when read with friends. You are gonna want to talk about this stuff!  She’s written a ton since this series came out, and this is still my favorite of hers.


Nova by Samuel Delany (1968) – so I’m 100% sure I missed all the subtext in this story.  This is one of those books that you read a million times because it is a damn fun adventure story.  Great characters, fast moving plot, intrigue, jealousy, hella cool everything. Maybe I’ll read it again next Vintage month, and see a few more layers that I missed last time?


How to Install Linux on a Dead Badger by Lucy Snyder (2009) – this little book is freaking HILARIOUS!  short stories, fake news articles, satire, you will be laughing your head off. I’m laughing just thinking about this book! Especially if you’re an IT geek. oh, you’re not a programmer, computer science person, or IT person? Buy a copy of this book for the IT guy at your work, you can thank me later.


13 Responses to "Five for Friday!"

I actually haven’t read any of these, but The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is definitely on my list😊


i love the characters in this series so much! all three books in the trilogy are pretty quick reads too.


I think I’m going to go back and read one of Jemisin’s earlier works before I finish the Broken Earth trilogy.


there’s this one, which is the Inheritance Trilogy, and there is a duology too, I think it is called Dreamblood. I haven’t finished Broken Earth yet either, it’s so soul crushing.

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The Killing Moon is the book that opens the Dreamblood duology. That was Jemisin book that first caught my eye.


Installing Linux on a Dead Badger . . . I’m just LMAO at the cover and the title before I even read your synopsis. It’s on my list now!


and the book is even funnier than the title, if you can believe it! If you get a chance to read it, let me know what you think of it. 🙂


I’ve read Nova at least twice; it’s simply one of the best SF novels ever written. I’ve bounced off the Jemison book a few times, most recently last year, but I am sure I will read it and the rest of the series eventually – perhaps, this year!


Now I want to go reread Nova, like right now!! Have you read other Delany titles? If yes, which others did you enjoy?

I’ve got popular authors I bounce off of too. no need to force yourself to read something that’s just not working for you.


The linux one looks like a book I could appreciate. While I didn’t like the kingdoms book, Jeminsin’s broken earth series is amazing, love it.

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if you get a chance to read the Linux book, i’d love to know what you think.

I really need to finish Broken Earth. . .


I have read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – I don’t think it was part of the readalong, I seem to remember picking up the book too late to take part. You’re right though, such a lot of depth in this author’s work that they make great material for lots of discussion.
I do have a copy of Spells of Blood and Kin so maybe I should dig that out.
Lynn 😀


yes yes! read Spells of Blood and Kin! it’s really good!!!


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