Stuart's Reviews

This gripping fantasy novel focuses on Nahri, a young conwoman in 18th-century Cairo who accidentally summons a djinn warrior, and is then swept into an epic adventure to discover the truth of her heritage in Daevabad, the djinn capital city. The book features gorgeous prose, fantastic characters, and a riveting plot, with superb worldbuilding inspired by Islamic mythology. - Stuart

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The City of Brass: A Novel (The Daevabad Trilogy) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062678119
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Published: Harper Voyager - August 21st, 2018

In 2016, fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first hijab-wearing Muslim American woman to compete -and medal- in the Olympics. Her inspiring memoir details how she challenged stereotypes surrounding black and Muslim woman in America, and how she overcame self-doubt, racism, misogyny, and Islamophobia to proudly represent the United States on the world stage. - Stuart

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Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316518963
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Published: Hachette Books - July 24th, 2018

This is a riveting novel that, while at times a slow burn, builds relentlessly to a brutal, heartbreaking climax. Roanhorse has created a captivating world built from Navajo culture and mythology, and her novel shines with a superb story and gorgeously rendered (and heartbreakingly real) characters. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a captivating, innovative, post-apocalyptic science-fiction/fantasy novel. - Stuart

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Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534413504
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Published: Saga Press - June 26th, 2018

In July 2015, the New Horizons probe reached Pluto after a 10-year voyage and sent back the first clear pictures of our solar system’s outermost neighbor. This is the inside story of how that journey happened, written by the scientists involved. You don’t need to be an astronomer to enjoy this book; it is easy to read and understand and provides fantastic insight into what it actually took to get this unlikely space mission off the ground. - Stuart

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Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250098962
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Published: Picador - May 1st, 2018

John Scalzi writes incredibly fun and propulsive science fiction and Head On, the sequel to 2014’s Lock In, is another fast, exciting read. This novel again follows FBI detective Chris Shane as he investigates the death of a Haden’s Syndrome– afflicted athlete, and more murders and corporate intrigue—as well as plenty of humor—follow. If you’re looking for a fun science fiction police procedural, Head On is a great choice. - Stuart

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ISBN: 9780765388919
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Published: Tor Books - April 17th, 2018

This deeply moving and gorgeously written narrative follows the intertwining stories of two young women: In 2011, Nour is a Syrian American girl who must escape the Syrian Civil War with her family, while 800 years earlier, Rawiya disguises herself as a boy and apprentices with the world’s best mapmaker in search of adventure. On the way, they find themselves walking similar paths through the Middle East and North Africa while they search for the meaning of family and home. - Stuart

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The Map of Salt and Stars: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501169038
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Published: Touchstone - May 1st, 2018

Gripping, evocative, and richly detailed, Tara Westover's clear-eyed account of how she achieved a Ph.D.— despite the fact that her father's religious fundamentalism kept her out of school until she was 17 (and she and her siblings out of hospitals, despite some truly horrendous injuries)—is a must-read. I couldn't put this memoir down. - Stuart

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Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

Adeyemi has created a gorgeously rendered world inspired by West African culture and mythology, full of ancient magic, love and heartbreak, betrayal and redemption. Her characters are superbly drawn and very human: brave, charismatic, at times afraid and unsure, but always willing to rise to the challenges Adeyemi throws their way. - Stuart

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Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250170972
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 6th, 2018

Chernow does an outstanding job of breathing life into every significant person who crossed Grant’s path, and each character and situation is rendered in superb detail. Chernow brings compassion, humor, and honesty to Grant’s story and sheds new light on the General’s life and times. This is a must read for any American history buff! - Stuart

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Grant Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594204876
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

A smaller-scale and more intimate novel than her star-system-spanning Ancillary Justice trilogy, this book is still Ann Leckie at her best: her characters are sharp-witted and understated, her world-building is rich and feels long-inhabited, and the plot hums as it follows a murder mystery/heist drama that’s really all about the protagonist’s search for place and meaning. - Stuart

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ISBN: 9780316388672
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Published: Orbit - September 26th, 2017

 

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