Posts Tagged: fantasy

Reading notes, week 40

October 9: The Hog’s Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts. Comfort cozy mystery after the mad whirl of teenaged girls. Like many Inspector French books, it has a faux ending at 2/3 and then has a completely new take on the mystery and a resolution! Deftly done. I like the wrap-up at the end. October

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Reading notes, week 39

October 2: Millie Goes to School by Jackmerlin. 14 chapters, more than 30K, crossover of Chrestomanci and The Marlows by Antonia Forest (and now I want to read Antonia Forest). Wonderful. Such a breath of fresh air after all the other school stories. It’s got All The Things except the nastiness. Millie gets called a

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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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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 26

It looks like I’ve been reading hardly at all this week, but I read two whole books and parts of several others as canon review for an exchange. Will disclose on reveal. I had to read half of one book on paper because I fatally mislaid my ereader (I’m sure I handed it to Spouse

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Reading notes, week 22

June 4: A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher. Even better than the previous time. (Bread isn’t meant to fly. But it makes pretty good watershoes as long as it’s stale enough.) Perhaps not such a good idea to read it right now because it makes me want to bake and we don’t

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Reading notes, week 10

Put aside: The Element of Fire by Martha Wells (of Murderbot fame, which I’m not sure I want to read). It’s interesting to read fantasy with such a Baroque (as in “the eighteenth century”, not “extravagant and bizarre”, though it’s got a bit of the latter too) flavour. It’s a slow and fussy book, and

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Reading notes, week 9

March 6: Neither Have I Wings by Alice Degan. I wanted to just skim it to see what exactly became of Kit and Elsa for the story, but got interested. Also I love Evvie, and it’s refreshing to read about her without having to wonder if the friendship between her and Charlie will threaten to

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Reading notes, week 48

November 28: Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie. Goodness, an Agatha Christie I’d never read! Poirot’s grown on me or something. Slightly too much marriage woes and implied adultery and similar stuff for me but it was exciting, the ending was surprising (in a good way) and the people who deserved to be happy

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