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Y de repente un angel

Y de repente un ángel, by Jaime Bayly. These are two stories, intertwined. One is about the protagonist, a young writer who keeps a messy house in Lima, Peru; the other, about the old cleaning woman he hires to keep his house in a state acceptable to his girlfriend. Mercedes, the cleaning woman, is matter … Continue reading »

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Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth, by Vera Brittain. Subtitle: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925. In 1914, Vera Brittain was twenty years old and had finally persuaded her old-fashioned father to let her attend Oxford. Edward, her beloved younger brother, was starting at Oxford at the same time, along with his friends, Victor, Geoffrey, and Roland … Continue reading »

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Preview of new weather.gov website

The National Weather Service has released a preview of its redesign of weather.gov. The press release has pictures of the national front page, a “service point” forecast page (in this case, Chicago’s), and the mobile version.

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Cloud Roads

Cloud Roads, by Martha Wells. Continuing my quest for good non-Tolkien, non-Celtic fantasy… I don’t remember why I picked up this book — I think I just looked up “2011 Fantasy” in the library catalog — but I’m glad I did. Moon isn’t sure what he is. There are many kinds of peoples in the … Continue reading »

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Parenting for Primates

Parenting for Primates, by Harriet J. Smith. When Harriet J. Smith was a comparative psychology graduate student, she hand-raised cottontop tamarins — a kind of small monkey. She was able to raise them to adulthood, but things kept going very wrong when the tamarins had babies of their own. Smith had to figure out how … Continue reading »

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Vuelta Atras

Vuelta Atrás, by Robert J. Sawyer. Translated into Spanish by Rafael Marin Trechera. Original title: Rollback. In 2010, Dr. Sarah Halifax had been the first to decipher the alien signal from Sigma Draconis. Thanks to her work, a reply was sent by Earth but, because of the great distance involved, a second signal wasn’t expected … Continue reading »

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Reading list: How to start reading science fiction

Back in April and May, Kirkus’ science fiction and fantasy blog posted a six-part series called, How to Start Reading Science Fiction. Like it says on the tin, it’s a series of recommendations for beginning SF readers. What you need to know 10 accessible science fiction books Award winners Short stories A sampling of genres … Continue reading »

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Wasp

Wasp, by Eric Frank Russell. You know how distracting it can be when a wasp flies into a car that’s speeding down the highway? One little wasp could cause a deadly car crash and, best of all (for the wasp), it doesn’t even have to sting the driver. All it has to do is… distract. … Continue reading »

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The Kitchen Counter Cooking School

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, by Kathleen Flinn. Everybody should get cooking lessons like these. Flinn took nine Seattle-area women of different ages and backgrounds, all with different levels of cooking skill. Over the next several weeks, she got them over their fear of real food — and of knives — and had them able … Continue reading »

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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin. Yeine’s mother was the king’s daughter who had been exiled when she married a barbarian and gave up her birthright. Yeine has been raised to be a warrior of her father’s barbarian tribe. Now nineteen years old, she’s been summoned by the king, her grandfather, to the city … Continue reading »

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