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Follow Friday Blog Hop (3)

This week's question:
If you are a fan of Science Fiction what is your favorite book? If you haven't read Science Fiction before...any inkling to? Anything catch your eye?


Well, it's sad to say, but Science-Fiction is probably one  of my least favorite genres to read. In fact, it's the smallest shelf on my bookshelf... probably only 1/2 full. The only sci-fi books that I remember reading are The Pretties, Uglies, and Specials and the Phillip Pullman His Dark Materials series. I liked the Scott Westerfield books well enough, except for The Extras. That was just... ugh. I tend to read more fantasy. It's not intentional, I swear. It just ends up that way.


I have pledged to read The Hunger Games series. Does that count for sci-fi? I could certainly use any recommendations for sci-fi books. I need to boost up that shelf in the worst kind of way.



"What book(s) would you like to see turned into a movie?"

Oh, man. This is a hard question. Let's see... maybe the T…

Review: Hurricane Dancers

Hurricane Dancers Margarita Engle



In order to understand the context of the book, you must understand the historical setting. This story is a fictionalized account of the first Caribbean Pirate shipwreck on Cuba in the 1500s. Most of the characters are actual people from history. The only fictional character is Quebrado.

In the beginning of the novel, we meet Quebrado, a slave aboard Bernardino de Talavera’s ship—the first pirate ship of the Caribbean. At this point, Bernardino has captured Alonso de Ojeda and is holding him hostage on the ship as well. Then the hurricane hits. The entire ship is destroyed, and all the surviving crew members have to fight to find shelter on a mysterious island (Cuba).


Quebrado is unique because he can speak two languages, one of which is the language of the “naturals” on the island. He is instantly welcomed by the tribe. Eventually Bernardino and Ojeda find Quebrado living among the tribe. The remainder of the story focuses on Quebrado’s attempts to fi…