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A Quick Read with a Big Concept

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Today’s book does a great job of packing a lot of story into a small package. If you enjoy Sci-Fi, you’ll want to stick around for this:

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Lonely Phoenix, by Stephen L. Thompson, is a philosophical exploration of life in space. But rather than focus on well-worn tropes like intergalactic wars, alien viruses, and hostile living conditions, this story does something completely different— vampires. Or one vampire. But before you run away with images of blood-drenched teeth and lustful teenagers, this is nothing like Twilight. Instead, the characters tackle the burden of long life and the loneliness inherent in being one of a kind (at least on the ship).

Though some scenes (especially with women) feel a little stiff, the concept is intriguing. In fact, by the time I reached the end of the book, I found myself wishing there were more. This is a book that could easily be stretched into a series, trilogy, or simply lengthened. A great read when you’re looking for something quick to top up your Goodreads Reading Challenge.

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Breakup Stories

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A breakup is never easy.


If you’ve ever been in a romantic relationship before, odds are you’ve experienced a moment where things weren’t quite right. Sometimes such kinks can be worked out, but sometimes a relationship is doomed to end. And there are acceptable ways to breakup a relationship, and there are some not so great ways to do it. This week’s book is a collection of personal breakup stories submitted to artist Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell.

The concept for the book began after Campbell suffered a heartbreak of her own. She realized that drawing cartoons about the situation helped to cheer her up. So, she decided to gather other people’s stories of romantic woe and illustrate them, as well. The result, was this book. (Also, links after this point are affiliate links which help support my blog.)

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do… But You Could’ve Done Better is an extremely quick read. Definitely great for anyone who set up an absurdly high Goodreads challenge for themselves this year (like  I did) and needs to get caught up. The stories are brief, and the accompanying cartoons are cute.

Some of the accounts are told from the person who made the terrible breakup decision, which is something I wasn’t expecting as a reader. And some stories fly by so fast, it’s difficult to feel engaged with the accompanying emotions. However, this may be a therapeutic read for anyone currently dealing with romance-related heartache.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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