Reading notes, week 40

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October 9: The Hog’s Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts. Comfort cozy mystery after the mad whirl of teenaged girls. Like many Inspector French books, it has a faux ending at 2/3 and then has a completely new take on the mystery and a resolution! Deftly done. I like the wrap-up at the end.

October 8: Three Twins at the Crater School by Chaz Brenchley, a boarding-school book set on Mars (Octocon recommendation). Nobody’s nasty except the guy who is a bad guy anyway (and his henchmen), and some people are very school-story-appropriately unwise. I think there may be a couple of tuckerizations I’ve missed (judging by the one I haven’t). It feels so much like a book in the middle of a series that I feel there should be more, much more, and I want to read it all! I’ve heard that a second book is almost finished, and I’ll snap it up as soon as it appears.

October 7: Scales and Sensibility by Stephanie Burgis. Regency with dragons. It’s a romp! I just wish it had more of an ending, as soon as the ending is in sight it’s already over and I’m left thinking “what just happened?” Will certainly buy the books about Elinor’s two sisters when they come out.

October 5: Raised Roots by lady_ragnell. Modern (as in: set in fantasy version of “now”, people have cellphones) fantasy with witches. Very sweet and gentle, all the conflict is internal to people rather than interpersonal, and it ends on a strong possibility of HEA. It strikes me now that all the people whose skin/hair color is mentioned explicitly are white, but that doesn’t keep me from imagining all the non-mentioned people very diverse because it’s that kind of world.

October 3: Two stories from It Gets Even Better: Stories of Queer Possibility. Didn’t want to read a whole book of issue stories. The first one isn’t very much to my taste but it’s not long so I’ll just see what happens. I don’t mind first person present, but it’s a bit jarring when the “I” keeps addressing a “you” in non-epistolary narrative style, like “You smile at me”. (Also it turns out to be postapocalyptic dystopia. Which wasn’t in the content warnings as such, but “bomb shelter” ought to have been a pointer.) The second story is gentle feminist fantasy, much more what I wanted.

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