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Reading notes, week 27

Currently reading: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I’m glad I didn’t stop reading at an early disturbing scene but I don’t know if I can bear it if there’s more of that. Goodreads says collectively that there’s no horror but body horror is horror, people, even on a small scale. (Half of Goodreads, the

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Reading notes, week 26

June 27: Summer in Orcus by T. Kingfisher, as antidote to a couple more Hugo finalist DNFs (military SF, “Game of Thrones on the Moon”). “Of course it bites. It’s a weasel. They don’t kill their prey with pretty words and poisoned sweetmeats.” At times it’s clear that it started as a serial but it

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Reading notes, week 25

Tried to read This Is How You Lose The Time War, Middlegame, Gideon the Ninth and Deeplight, but they were all in various ways Not For Me. I may be able to read Deeplight later, but at the moment I can’t get into it; the other three are various combinations of “too close to the

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Reading notes, week 24

June 12: Gebonden Kapitaal by Almar Otten. Local author, set in Deventer. Very nice to see familiar places and (possibly) disguised local figures (disclaimer: I don’t know many). I read it for the plot, though, not the writing– sometimes very stilted and splainy, and people don’t seem to be speaking actual spoken language (doesn’t the

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Reading notes, week 23

June 6: Do Not Look Back, My Lion by Alix E. Harrow. Hugo short story. Beautiful but painful. Wonderful worldbuilding. A couple of stories from different Hugo finalist magazines, mostly meh. Why the Dutch are Different by Ben Coates, picked up when exchanging ebooks with Spouse. The blurb says “The first book to offer an

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Reading notes, week 22

May 30: A Stitch in Time by Penelope Lively. Wonderful! On a par with The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, which I’ve loved since my teens. I read the protagonist as not completely neurotypical but perhaps she’s only shy and imaginative and being brought up by very straitlaced parents. Satanic, Versus by Mercedes Lackey. My first

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Reading notes, week 21

May 22: Harvest Moon, three separate fantasy novellas all having to do with the (full) moon. The first is by Mercedes Lackey, a story about (among others) Leopold and his bride from The Sleeping Beauty having a run-in with the Greek Olympic gods. Second, by Michelle Sagara, in a world I didn’t know yet. Hard

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Reading notes, week 20

May 16: The Case of the Spellbound Child by Mercedes Lackey. It took me a while to realise it’s Hansel and Gretel, probably because there are two other subplots first, eventually irrelevant for the main plot. But it was satisfying, with only the villain turning out to be unlikeable (though some other people were a

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Reading notes, week 19

May 9: N or M? by Agatha Christie. The second Tommy and Tuppence book. I briefly considered Endless Night but that’s another “eerie” book with a “twist” ending. Nope. Crooked House by Agatha Christie. DNF, because I looked up if the nice people would have a happy ending (can’t stand unhappy endings right now) and

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Reading notes, week 18

May 2: So You Want to Be a Wizard, because I already had it open and noticed it while I was looking for some fanfic to read while cooling down from One Good Knight. Young Wizards is always a nice comfort read, and it might give me enough circumstance to finish the space meerkat story.

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