2019 Reviews : Set In U.S.A.

Reviews of the books read for the theme of books set in the U.S.A.

Theme: Set in the U.S.A.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

This was a re-read for some of us and as we were watching the second season of the show on Starz, the differences that the show was taking from the book are really prominent.

This is a great story about shared experiences, faith and history. The characters are unique and yet familiar. The side story toward the end is a little strange and some piece still do not tie up neatly but there is more story to be told and many of us read the other books in the shared universe of this book.


Severance by Ling Ma

This is a book written by a millennial. It reads like the mind of a new generation and how they would deal with the apocalypse. Some might find humor in this book, and other might be annoyed by the main characters voice, actions and thought process, as many are frustrated by millenials today (those of us 25-40 apologize, we just have a lot to deal with, and adutling is harder than you all let on!)

The best thing about this book is the way we are able to take a peek into what it is like to be a 2nd generation Asian American and what its like to share two cultures. To on one hand want to fit in and assimilate and on the other keep traditions and family alive.

Plus the world is ending and there are crazy people doing weird things. As is to expected with a zombie apocalypse. This is a unique take on the trope and a interesting read.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Well. It tried. This book had the making of being really great but fell into old troupes and color lines that made it uncomfortable and insulting to some of our readers. It was Hidden figures with the Black women downgraded to background characters.

Dead Witch Walking by
Kim Harrison

This reminded us of another books we read a few years ago. Similar story told with a similar out come. This time written by a woman so not as cringey.

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