books

Daughter of Mystery

Heather Rose Jones, Daughter of Mystery [Edit: I said this wasn’t a review, and I still don’t think it is — I wrote it as only thoughts and squee — but several people including the author seem to disagree. Ah, well, let it be a review then.] Conversation in the swimming pool, the morning that

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Public service announcement

If you downloaded Terms of Service when it came out, please get a new copy! I’ve edited the epub file to get rid of all the pesky little conversion errors. Paragraphs ending in the middle of a word, misfocused search terms embedded in random words, and similar inconveniences should be gone now. The mobi version

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Rereading Miss Marple

I’ve been on a Miss Marple binge, but now I’m satiated before the end. It started when I opened a random Miss Marple (8, The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side, because I couldn’t remember ever having read it) and noticed that it referred strongly to The Murder at the Vicarage. I knew I disliked

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Magic next door

One of my favourite subgenres of fantasy is “this world, but with magic”. Ruritanian-romance fantasy is a subtly different beast –a world with regular countries and also some imaginary ones– and thinly-disguised-world-with-different names (the world of the Deryni, or of A Natural History of Dragons) is a vastly different beast. The former I read avidly,

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Guilty-pleasure reading, part 2 of n

Katherine Kurtz, King Kelson’s Bride I don’t know what this book is like for someone who hasn’t been avidly following all the earlier exploits of King Kelson, but I was bowled over. I thought I’d read it years ago but in fact I hadn’t, so I had a whole new Deryni book! Best line: “I

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Guilty-pleasure reading, part 1 of n

I don’t remember when and where I first came across the Deryni novels except that I was a  teenager and it was in England. There was only the first-written (but fairly late in the in-world history) trilogy at the time, now called The Chronicles of the Deryni: Deryni Rising, Deryni Checkmate and High Deryni. I

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Reading, promises, etcetera

Scene: other half and I are in the living room reading. Possibly one or two of our daughters are also there, and in that case also reading. OH: This book is so weird, the protagonist’s parents aren’t his parents and his grandparents aren’t his grandparents. Me: Are his grandparents his parents’ parents at least? OH:

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Book meme

Meme: grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence. Don’t mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your post. Two in the windscreen and one in the radiator grille. (from the one I’ve been reading intermittently, on various vehicles of public transport and in a lot of

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Rereading A College of Magics

Caroline Stevermer, A College of Magics I love this book to pieces. The copy I have is falling to pieces, and I may soon have to replace it with a hardback to go with its sequel, A Scholar of Magics. If it’s still in print, that is. (Or get an e-reader at last and try

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Rereading When Voiha Wakes

Joy Chant, When Voiha Wakes I first read this when it came out, in 1983, when I was young and foolish impressionable. Also, I had little use for men at the time, making the female-dominated society in the book seem natural and desirable. In short (the review, on the title link, has much more information):

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