Posts Tagged: fantasy

Reading notes, week 16

April 17: The Language of Roses by Heather Rose Jones. OH WOW. This is WONDERFUL. The best take ever on Beauty and the Beast. There are some dark moments but they’re beautifully balanced by humor and love. The protagonist is aromantic (the author had Claudie Arseneault as a consultant for that) and the difference between

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Reading notes, week 15

April 13: Witchmark by C.L. Polk. One reviewer called it “sort of steampunk-fantasy murder-mystery with paranormal romance vibes set in a world inspired by WWI Britain” — er, yes. Happy ending, after a couple of fairly nasty things (not between the lovers though) that I didn’t see coming. April 15: How To: Absurd Scientific Advice

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Reading notes, week 14

April 7: Whose Body by Dorothy L. Sayers. Goodness, they’re so young. Parker, in particular, is very young (and serious, but he stays that way throughout the series). But the people are already real people, even the minor characters (Freddy Arbuthnot, Christine Levy née Ford, the Dowager Duchess). I don’t know yet if this is

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Reading notes, week 10

March 11: The Great Ghost Rescue by Eva Ibbotson. Fluff with a bite. March 11: Tiles on the Roof by Avatar_Vyakara. Long (but consisting of many tiny stories) Encanto fanfic. Recommendation from a friend, hard to stop reading (open in a browser tab most of the time to dip into in between doing other things).

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Reading notes, week 5

February 5: The Hollow by Agatha Christie. Almost DNF’ed it because of No Nice Characters Syndrome but then at 20% Midge and Edward appeared. Still separately but that gets better, though not without some hurdles. I sort of like it but it’s not my favourite Christie, not even my favourite Poirot (which is, and will

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Reading notes, week 3

January 18: Princess Hynchatti and Some Other Surprises by Tanith Lee. In (as far as I can see) excellent Dutch translation. I bought the book when I was a teenager and the local remainders bookshop had it for 1 guilder. (This is also how I first encountered Diana Wynne Jones, though those translations are much

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Reading notes, week 51

December 25: Yuletide is here so A LOT of fanfic. I’ll list the best ones next week (if I don’t get round to reading anything else than fanfic the whole week) or in a separate post. December 22: Tim Daalder die zijn lach verkocht (my edition has the same cover, which I like better than

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Reading notes, week 47

November 27: Goblin Fruit by Celia Lake, #2 in the Mysterious Charm series. The protagonist is a supporting character in #6, and it’s nice to read her backstory! Spouse said to skip the sex scenes, but there were only two (and a half, one was in a dream) and I thought they were okayish (not

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Reading notes, week 46

November 20: Crossroads and Other Tales of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey and others. An early collection, and it shows. The first couple of stories are very intense. (Also I think I like the gryphons and the Hawkbrothers least of that whole world, with the nasty parts of Karsite culture as close second.) Further on there

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Reading notes, week 45

November 13: On recommendation from a Twitter friend, On the Bias by Celia Lake (#6 of the Mysterious Charm series but they can be read in any order). It started so slowly that until about 30% I didn’t even know if I’d continue it (and I have much tolerance for slow!) but by 45% I

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