MyTBR#47: Genre Mash-Ups, Sekhmet Bed and Three Body Problem

After the depressingly early exit for my Raptors in the playoffs, I was back on the To Be Read Podcast this week, where we were joined for episode #47 by Iowan author and fan of the show, A.R. Miller. We talked about mashups new and old, and how the genre mashups past have in many cases become the subgenres of today.

I had to catch up on two weeks of reading.

I finished The Sekhmet Bed: The She-King Book 1 by Libbie Hawker (formerly published under pen name LM Ironside). Still FREE on Amazon! If you love ancient Egypt, or character-driven historical fiction, you’ll love this book. Her Egypt is so vivid, and her main character, Ahmose goes through far tougher decisions in her teenage life helping to rule Egypt than you’ll find in any YA novel. Libbie’s writing is lovely. Highly recommended, and there are three more books in the series if you like it.

I’m up to the great holy books of the middle ages in The History of the Book in 100 Books by Roderick Cave and Sara Ayad. It continues to be really interesting, with still a lot of book to come.

And I came really close to finishing The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin, and translated by Ken Liu. It’s one of the bestselling Science Fiction books in China, and is some of the hardest sci-fi I’ve ever read, with explanations ranging from the problem that gives the book its title to nanomaterials to the cosmic microwave background to ways to boost a signal to space, and all of them are important to the plot. I’ll have more about it next week when I finish it off.

Yes, if you happen to buy one of these from Amazon based on my recommendation links, they’ll throw a few cents my way as a thank you. Or go get the book out of the library (I love my library), buy it in a used bookstore, or borrow it from a friend. If it catches your eye, you’ll find a way.