Posts By: irina

Reading notes, week 3

January 18: Princess Hynchatti and Some Other Surprises by Tanith Lee. In (as far as I can see) excellent Dutch translation. I bought the book when I was a teenager and the local remainders bookshop had it for 1 guilder. (This is also how I first encountered Diana Wynne Jones, though those translations are much

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Dear Worldbuilding writer,

Hi, I’m sinkauli on ao3. Here you can see my works and my bookmarks, and this blog here is full of my reading notes. I’m reposting last year’s worldbuildingex letter with some fandom-specific changes and additions. Please assume “any or no characters” and “original character(s)” for all fandoms so I don’t need to repeat that

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Reading notes, week 2

January 15: One Good Knight by Mercedes Lackey. Apparently after last week’s Agatha Christie spree I’m now on a Five Hundred Kingdoms spree. (And so is spouse, though she’s two books ahead of me). I do wish they weren’t quite so heteronormative. (When the princess finds out the knight is a woman, she says “I guess

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Reading notes, week 1

January 8: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. (Goodness, I’ve been reading nothing but Agatha Christie this week!) It’s got much Poirot. Perhaps it’s the quintessential Poirot, perhaps this only seems to be the case because it’s been filmed so often. But it’s good. January 7: Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie, because a friend and I

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Reading notes, week 52

Yuletide is here, SO MUCH FANFIC. I’ll make a rec post after author reveal so I won’t have to look up everything again (not that I won’t want to reread it, but perhaps not all at once). December 30: Passage by bigsunglasses. Novelette-length Goblin Emperor fanfic, wonderful budding friendship between Idra Drazhar and Paru Tethimin.

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Reading notes, week 51

December 25: Yuletide is here so A LOT of fanfic. I’ll list the best ones next week (if I don’t get round to reading anything else than fanfic the whole week) or in a separate post. December 22: Tim Daalder die zijn lach verkocht (my edition has the same cover, which I like better than

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Reading notes, week 50

Currently reading: Complete with Shipwreck by E.M. Epps. Three or perhaps four pages of cast-of-characters in small type, which would be easier on paper for purposes of looking up, so I don’t look them up as often as would be wise with such a huge cast of characters. It’s slow going, long and intricate and

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Reading notes, week 49

December 10: Spellcloaked by Stephanie Burgis. I think it’s too long ago that I read the other Harwood Spellbook books because it’s hard to get back into the world, I feel like I have no reference. (Well written though.) The Invisible Bisexual by S.L. Huang and Frequently Asked Questions About the Portals at Frank’s Late-Night

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Reading notes, week 48

Currently reading: Seven Sisters by Celia Lake, #7 of Mysterious Charm. (intermittently, it’s too heady to read all in one go) What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe. Exactly what it says on the tin. So much fun. NBV21 – De vertaalmethode toegelicht by Matthijs de Jong and Cor Hoogerwerf.

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Reading notes, week 47

November 27: Goblin Fruit by Celia Lake, #2 in the Mysterious Charm series. The protagonist is a supporting character in #6, and it’s nice to read her backstory! Spouse said to skip the sex scenes, but there were only two (and a half, one was in a dream) and I thought they were okayish (not

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