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Reading notes, week 39

Currently reading: The O’Sullivan Twins by Enid Blyton, #2 in the series. Found all the ones I didn’t have yet at Faded Page, the Canadian Distributed Proofreaders site. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I’ve read so much fanfic of it and read/watched so many adaptations that I suddenly realise it’s decades since I read

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Reading notes, week 38

September 25: The Hills Have Spies by Mercedes Lackey. I’d read it before but didn’t remember much. Parts of it are excellent. Parts of it are WAY over the top. (Kyree and dyheli and bondbirds and firebirds? A nonhuman entity that can do impressive magic in the blink of an eye? Come on!) But I like the coming-of-age

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Reading notes, week 37

September 17: Closer to Home by Mercedes Lackey. By way of comfort reading. — Goodness, I didn’t remember it was Romeo and Juliet meets Red Wedding! At that point I didn’t even care about most of the people any more (the protagonists, the silly-goose girl, and the tough clever lady, yes; all the feuding nobles,

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Reading notes, week 36

September 11: The Mystic Marriage by Heather Rose Jones. (Argh, the reviewer doesn’t get the names right, which is a pet peeve of mine, but the review is otherwise very good.) I’d completely forgotten the gruelling, but ultimately happy ending! And oodles of new fanfic this week, because I discovered a new favourite writer. They

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An Awfully Big Adventure

Gwen R. Uckelman and Sara L. Uckelman, An Awfully Big Adventure (illustrated by Carolyn Friedemann) A wonderful short (19 pages) book by Gwen, who was 8 when she wrote it, and her mother Sara. The illustrations are by Gwen’s grandmother Carolyn, so it’s a three-generations collaboration. What I like about it Everything. Well, I’ll be

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Reading notes, week 35

September 4: Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones. Time for an Alpennia reread, not the least because I want to nominate it for Yuletide. This week I mostly read fanfic because Crossworks has revealed and I’ve found a couple of new writers I like. (Or rather, writers I newly like; their work goes back

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Reading notes, week 34

August 28: Uptown Local and Other Interventions by Diane Duane. (Now at half price if you want it!) Collection of mostly very good short stories, many of which touch on Switzerland at some point. August 27: The Family at Red-Roofs by Enid Blyton. I couldn’t remember anything about it except that it was a favourite

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Reading notes, week 33

August 19: Changes by Mercedes Lackey. Starts with a really long and detailed sportsball game that almost got me interested (in the sportsball; I’m already interested in the rest). Now dealing with people so distressed by their family that it’s a good thing for the protagonist that he doesn’t have any. This is the book

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Reading notes, week 32

August 13: Intrigues by Mercedes Lackey. More eye dialect, and polo is invented, and there’s some cringeworthy fat-shaming, but I still want to read this. Catastrophic Failure-To-Communicate (between friends, not lovers) near the end but it’s none of the friends’ fault and it comes right eventually. August 11: Foundation by Mercedes Lackey. There’s a lot

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Reading notes, week 31

August 7: The Olive Conspiracy by Shira Glassman. Eek! I’d forgotten that it had the whole story of Princess Carolina’s cruelty (or perhaps most of it is cultural cruelty. But still). It’s also got Tales from Perach in the back, except the hilarious one in which Aviva gets kidnapped by aliens (I’ll read that from

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