Posts Tagged: fantasy

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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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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