ea of Tranquility takes places across several periods in time, following a set of interconnected characters (a little bit like The Glass Hotel). I really enjoyed the central physics-y question at the heart of the book, which is basically are we living in a simulation.
A Prayer for the Crown Shy is the second in the Robot and Monk series by Becky Chambers, and just like the first book, it is just absolutely delightful.
For those of you not familiar with the Thirty Years War (aka, the most interesting war), it took place for 1618-1648 and involved almost all of Europe, though mainly what was Central Europe of the time, or the Holy Roman Empire (not quite Germany, but including lots of what would become Germany).
Essentially we follow the Rook family, a quintet of Ghost Hunters, father, mother, daughter, son and his husband. They each have their own sort of power / ghost hunting skill that bring the to a tiny coastal town in the East Midlands, for what they think is a fairly standard haunting in a church but of course, that turns out not to be the case.
Impress of the Seventh Surge starts in a very familiar world, as the story centres around a pandemic
It’s not really alternative history, but it’s using history to tell another story of the mysterious Kibsu – women with incredible strength and knowledge but who are apparently stranded on earth.
The plot is fairly straightforward: There is unresolved business between estranged father and daughter, Daniel and Nell, after he is found dead at his desk
This book takes place in a world similar to ours, around the turn of the 20th century. However, sometimes people have telekinetic powers, including the two main characters of the novel, Nina and Hector. While Hector can demonstrate his powers in front of paying audiences, for a woman like Nina, it’s frowned upon.
The Hidden Palace is the sequel to the wonderful The Golem and the Djinni, and is itself, utterly delightful.
This book was recommended by a work colleague and I’m so glad he did! The book’s full title is Out on your feet: The Hallucinatory World of Hundred-Mile Walking. As it says, it’s a book about very long distance walking. But also walking that all in one go, so within 48 hours. People don’t sleep …