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Dad, data analyst, novelist, nature lover. Living in Ann Arbor, MI.

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2024 Reading Goal

50% complete! Sam Firke has read 10 of 20 books.

Anthony Doerr: All the Light We Cannot See (Hardcover, 2014, Scribner) 4 stars

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about …

Couldn't put it down. Not sure which I liked better, this or Cloud Cuckoo Land. They were pretty similar, both were fantastic but if I read a third epic novel from Doerr I'd hope it would be different.

Good reminder that war is terrible and must be avoided.

Joe Fassler: The Sky Was Ours (Paperback, Penguin) 5 stars

Lovely, especially the depictions of flying

5 stars

The first blurb says "An immersive fever dream of a novel" and that hits the nail on the head. It took a while to draw me in but then once they were flying, I was hooked.

How the flying technology resolves itself was a nice touch. And as someone who has struggled with wanting to effect sweeping change and who should be satisfied with simply doing the best I can in my day-to-day, I saw myself in Jane's arc, at least professionally. This story sticks the landing a lot better than Barry and Jane typically do!

Annie Proulx: Barkskins (2016, Scribner) 3 stars

"Bark Skins open in New France in the late 18th century as Rene Sel, an …

Whew. Good but long. Maintaining continuity over many generations is tough but I thought this book did it well. Ditto writing a First Nations perspective as a non-Indigenous author, I appreciated that angle. If anyone seeing this reads Barkskins, let's bookclub it!

finished reading Serena by Ron Rash

Ron Rash: Serena (2008) 4 stars

Serena is a 2008 novel by Ron Rash. Set in 1930s North Carolina, the novel …

Great pacing, rich historical and natural detail. The magical realism with Mrs. Galloway was a good touch.

Shows the toll of logging on nature and men, e.g. no more fish in the streams filled with mud. I doubt timber consumption is down 100 years later and it makes me wonder where logging camps are active like this now.

Don't mess with Serena!