Reading notes, week 14

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April 9: The Witches of Karres by James H. Schmitz, which I read in Dutch translation as a teenager (from my parents’ bookcase) and I think I read the original too, more than 25 years ago. I remember bits, and often go “oh yes! that!” before discovering that it’s different than I remembered. Fun. I like hilarious space opera, in judicious doses.

April 7: Second Form at St Clare’s, which is actually #4 in the series but I can’t get hold of #2 or #3. Don’t know where I got these two, either, possibly from a site in some country where they’re already in the public domain. — Okay, more things happen than in #1, and if I can get some of the others I’ll probably want to read those too, but on the whole I like Malory Towers better.

April 5: The Twins at St. Clare’s by Enid Blyton. Interesting to read from the POV of the kind of girls who would have started out as Darrel Rivers’ enemies. The first half is significantly more interesting than the second half, when it becomes Yet Another Boarding School Story.

April 4: Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk, a rather prolific author that I’d never heard of.  Bought it on recommendation from someone (several someones, in fact) on the fanfic discord. I didn’t realise until after I’d started that it’s not just urban fantasy set in the 1890s, but also a M/M romance, and my creeping suspicion that there would be sex scenes was confirmed by a judicious search. I’ve now read through most of the sex scenes, and they weren’t as bad as I expected (no hate sex for one; enthusiastic consent all the time). Also, it ends okay. But I don’t think I’ll read this again, or seek out its sequels.

Index of reading notes is here.