books

The Goblin Emperor

Katherine Addison, The Goblin Emperor If I’d realised –I almost wrote “if I’d known” but I did know, sort of– that Katherine Addison was Sarah Monette I’d never have picked up this book, because Sarah Monette under that name mostly writes much darker than I like. And I’d have been so wrong. The Goblin Emperor

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The Mystic Marriage

Heather Rose Jones, The Mystic Marriage When I read Daughter of Mystery last year, I first devoured it in big gulps to come back and read it with more attention the second time. This time I had the privilege of beta-reading the book so I’d spent all the initial squee already. That didn’t make it

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Druid’s Blood

Esther M. Friesner, Druid’s Blood This is another of those books that have been on our bookshelf forever, and look somewhat battered so I must have read them, but which I’ve forgotten so much of that it’s like reading a completely new book. Well, I still knew that parts of it were darkish. (Horrific monsters

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2014 reading roundup

Preliminary disclaimer: I dislike end-of-year overviews. At least I dislike the circumstance that from, well, the end of November until the beginning of January everything is end-of-year overviews. When we still had a subscription to a newspaper (er, last year) I avoided the last issue of the year because it was nothing else than that.

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Rereading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Not such a reading binge as Miss Marple or the Elemental Masters, though we had a film binge: all the films in the course of a couple of months, two a week on average. We started at the beginning –how cute they are!– and ploughed through all

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Tante Mathilde – disappointing sequel

Paul Biegel, Tante Mathilde en de Sterren van de Grote Beer I’ve looked for this sequel to De brieven van de generaal ever since Secunda had it from the library about ten years ago — first for her because she had it on birthday and St. Nicholas wishlists a couple of times, then, when she

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Rereading Elemental Masters (3)

I must either do the rest of this quickly before it all fades from my mind because I’ve got lots of new books to read on holiday (Hild! and the makings of a Willa Cather binge if it turns out to be as readable as I’ve been led to believe) or leave it until a

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Rereading Elemental Masters (2)

I wanted to say which one of the series is my favourite, but (a) I can’t decide, every time I choose one there’s another that I remember more fondly; (b) I don’t actually like rating things; and (c) it tends to change with my mood. I was also going to say which is my least

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Rereading Elemental Masters (1)

I’ve been rereading the Elemental Masters series by Mercedes Lackey (and have now also read all but one of the new books in the series) and I intend to write at least a little bit about each one. Too much for one post, though; I’ll see how far I get. Don’t expect elaborate reviews: just

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Unquenchable Fire

Rachel Pollack, Unquenchable Fire (There are two other blog posts lined up, but I had to get this out of my system first.) This has been on various of my to-get and to-read lists forever but I never got round to it until now. I thought I read it years ago at my parents-in-law’s house,

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