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Books Received, November 14 — November 20

21 Nov, 2020


On April 25, 1986, the worst nuclear reactor accident in history occurred in Chernobyl. Until now, all of the books published in English focused on the facts, names, and data. Voices from Chernobyl presents first-hand accounts of what happened to the people of Belarus and the fear, anger, and uncertainty that they lived through. In order to give a voice to their experiences, Svetlana Alexievich – a journalist by trade – interviewed hundreds of people who had been affected by the meltdown. From innocent citizens to firefighters to those called in to clean up the disaster, Voices from Chernobyl is a crucial document of what happened and how people reacted to it. Alexievich presents these interviews in monologue form, giving readers a harrowing inside view into the minds of the affected people untempered by government spin, accusations, or judgements, leaving the reader with just the life-shattering pain of living through such an event and its aftermath. 

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Books Received, November 7 ‑November 13

14 Nov, 2020


Wine-Dark Deep Book Three: The Odyssey 

Flung beyond the solar system and adrift around an unknown star, the crew of the spaceship Ulysses must use their wits, skill, and luck to determine their location in the galaxy if they ever hope to find their way home. 

A ruined solar system awaits them. A seemingly derelict space station hovers over a green moon, waiting to be explored. A living spacecraft powered by starlight approaches from a planet strewn with ancient ruins. And amidst it all, an inscrutable and menacing presence has awakened. 

They know now that they’re not alone.
But to be remembered …
… they must survive. 

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Books Received, October 31 — November 6

7 Nov, 2020


Everything I knew about the Were was wrong“

A Were of no fixed form, a Random, able to Turn into any warm-blooded creature it sees… a young Random whose failure to Turn forces him into taking his destiny into his own hands and becoming full Lycan in the name of pride and fury, learning things he never thought were possible… a true Shifter, the wild card, Turning into anything he chooses at will… thrown together in a tale of vision, drama, tragedy, and transcendence — in a world in which none of them are safe…

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