Posts Tagged: fantasy

Reading notes, week 36

September 6: The Grand Tour by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer. I read this one for Lady Sylvia Schofield as much as for the story (and the other characters). I’d so like a whole book about Lady Sylvia! (She’s briefly in this story of mine. My headcanon has her played by Helen Mirren.) September

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Reading notes, week 35

August 28: Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. #2 of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. As good as the first one (though Goodreads reviewers seem to think it’s not, but apparently they don’t read closely enough to get Mendanbar’s name right anyway). It’s got a lot of Morwen! And a no-nonsense king! I don’t even

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Reading notes, week 34

August 24: Spock’s World by Diane Duane. Severely handicapped by bad epub conversion that made the text lose all dialog quotes, some italics, and most apostrophes (strangely not the one in “T’Pau”; still, it’s disconcerting to read something set on Vulcan with many women’s names consistently misspelled). Very strong book, part of my headcanon about

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Reading notes, week 30

July 25: Beauty and the Werewolf (Five Hundred Kingdoms #6) by Mercedes Lackey. Which concludes this round of Five Hundred Kingdoms reread. I do wish there was more because it’s such an interesting concept, the power of stories as a real power in the world with guardians to make sure it doesn’t get out of

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Reading notes, week 29

July 17: The Wizardry of Jewish Women by Gillian Polack. It’s #2 in the Enchanted Australia series, of which The Art of Effective Dreaming is #3, and it could hardly be more different! Except that it’s also slow, which I like; it’s also intriguing and intricate and the magic is wonderful (especially when the eleven-year-old

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Reading notes, week 26

June 27: Jolene (Elemental Masters #15) by Mercedes Lackey. This concludes my series reread because I don’t have the newest one (The Silver Bullets of Annie Oakley) yet. Don’t believe the blurb on Goodreads, it doesn’t represent the book at all! Most of it is (very enjoyable) learning, with a bit of (happy-ending) adventure at

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Reading notes, week 25

June 20: A Scandal in Battersea by Mercedes Lackey (Elemental Masters #12). Much more horror than most of the others, with a pair of particularly slimy villains, on the lines of Paul du Mond from The Fire Rose. Also a pattern I so don’t like in a book: person gets introduced with name and a

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Reading notes, week 24

June 13: The Art of Effective Dreaming by Gillian Polack. (I want to read more by Gillian Polack! I want to read EVERYTHING by Gillian Polack!) Oh wow. It starts slowly, and doesn’t pick up much speed along the way, but that’s not a bad thing at all! The protagonist is very relatable, with all

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Reading notes, week 22

May 31: The Fire Rose (Elemental Masters #0) by Mercedes Lackey. Again, I could stand the horror-adjacent parts of the villainy better than before. I can’t imagine I’m getting inured to horror (I’m still not seeking it out, and I’m just as disgusted when it’s disgusting) but at least I’m not completely avoiding it any

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Reading notes, week 21

May 24: Home from the Sea (Elemental Masters #7) by Mercedes Lackey. This one doesn’t suffer from “it’s good until it goes all bad” syndrome, at least not much! There’s a villains-will-villain moment but the protagonist handles that competently, even without the Deae Ex Machina Nan and Sarah to help her. Goodreads reviewers, get a

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