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Showing posts from December, 2019

Merry Christmas!

 Merry Christmas! We did Christmas photos early in December, and I'm so glad we did because this season has been BUSY! Especially this past week which involved a water leak in our house and no hot water for the past three days, three kids with the flu, and of course Christmas! Luckily the illnesses didn't strike until the day after Christmas, so we all got to enjoy presents and Christmas Dinner and family time. It was a great day! Hope ya'll's holidays are awesome! Love from Angela and the fam! The best of the almost 200 photos I took that day: 

What I'm Reading/Watching/Playing: November

What I'm Reading Binti by Nnedi Okorafor This novella was AMAZING and well deserving of it's Nebula/Hugo wins! More happened in the first 30 pages of this book than in the entireity of some of the Wheel of Time books. (Joking! Kinda...) I'm not going to give too much away, it's super short and I recommend you just read it, but the culture, the aliens, and the technology were all very cool and interesting twists on the normal sci-fi experience. Read it! Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor This one was as terrible as the first one was good. I was cringing through the entire thing and wondering why on Earth the author was dragging us through so much pointless teen angst. Even the sci-fi elements that were so cool and interesting in the first book became boringly over explained in this one. Why???? I pushed through in the hope that the third one would be better, and because the first one was so good, and because it was so short. Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okora

What I'm Reading, Watching, Playing: October

This is so late, I know. But I'm posting what I have anyway because...why not? :) What I'm Reading Empress of Forever  by Max Gladstone Between the existential panic attacks and the abstract nature of the universe and the main character not jibing with me...I did not like this one! That's not to say it wasn't a good book. It had plenty of great parts and some really interesting characters. I especially liked Songe and her whole arc. I also really enjoyed the writing, the descriptions were very abstract and different from most sci-fi. It was the very opposite of hard sci-fi to the point of being almost whimsical. However,s those abstract descriptions did sometimes make the story hard to follow and the places difficult for me to imagine. I also dislike the main character, Viv, and was annoyed when the author described her in ways that didn't match her actions or actual personality in the story. In fact, most of her backstory didn't seem to match up with t