Posts Tagged: diversity

Reading notes, week 33

August 11: Freedom’s Gate by Naomi Kritzer. Set in fantasy ancient Greece (with a side of Ruritania). It’s the first in a trilogy and the other two aren’t as easy to get (the webshop where I bought #1 has #3 but not #2, just like a public library) but I’ll definitely try to acquire them

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Reading notes, week 32

August 6: De eigenwijze helden van Sassoen by Nairi Zarjan. Armenian folk epic, now translated into Dutch directly, unlike the version I read as a young teen that was a translation of an English retelling/translation. I miss some of the familiar phrasings and idiosyncrasies, but on the other hand I think this version hasn’t been

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Reading notes, week 31

During Worldcon, July 29/30 – August 1-2: Cart and Cwidder by Diana Wynne Jones. A friend wanted song lyrics from it and their book was at home while they are sheltering with their parents, so I sent a photo, and then I wanted to read it. I think I’m rereading all the Dalemark books on

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The lying-awake engine hands me a story

It wasn’t the dream engine because I was wide awake from 2:xx until at least 4:56 (I remember the succession of numbers) thinking this up. Much better than lying awake worrying. Did I need a story? I feel I need to finish one of the things I’ve got lying around first before I can even

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Every Heart a Doorway

Seanan McGuire,¬†Every Heart a Doorway Tor.com gave it away last week, for once not only in the US and Canada, but all over the world, and it’s been on my wishlist for a while so I grabbed it. (Now I must be on that mailing list twice or three times; I’ll see if they cull

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Did not finish (and wish I hadn’t started)

(Note: This is NOT A REVIEW though it starts out like one. It’s a rant about my motives, with added twitter conversation. I hope it doesn’t descend into whining.) ¬†Kai Ashante Wilson, The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps My, I so wanted to like this book. Love it, even, as various reviewers did (yes, I read

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Joining the choir

Of people who say yes to gay YA (original link gone, 2018), that is. Together with Seanan McGuire, Green Knight, Zeborah and Swan Tower and countless other people who don’t happen to be in my RSS feed or to get linked by people who are. It’s even made the Dutch media, at least the faintly

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Issues

Since I wrote about Ilja, de kleine ganzenridder I’ve been wondering why so few children’s books have religion (or its trappings, like going to church, celebrating feasts, or even prayer) as a normal part of the background. It’s easy to say “because religion isn’t a normal part of life any more” but I’ve read lots

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