Posts Tagged: mercedes lackey

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 28

July 10: Fortune’s Fool by Mercedes Lackey (Five Hundred Kingdoms #3). Much more disjointed (several different stories) than I remember; I’d almost wish she’d stuck to the main story, which has more than enough meat for a whole book. But I do like the little preliminaries too. Full of wonderful people! Bechdel test pass (unless

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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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Reading notes, week 20

May 17: Nettle and Bone by T. Kingfisher. OH WOW!! I’m so glad I didn’t download the teaser chapter, because I’d have thought it was horror! and/or postapocalyptic! In fact it was fantasy with T. Kingfisher-signature darkish elements, and it actually became better later on though there was a lot of, well, bone. I love

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Reading notes, week 19

May 11: The Wizard of London (Elemental Masters #4) by Mercedes Lackey. More notes here. I think I liked it more than last time, either because I knew it was all going to come right in the end or because I’m better at ignoring horror elements. May 14: Reserved for the Cat (Elemental Masters #5)

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Reading notes, week 18

Still on the Mercedes Lackey binge. May 2: Phoenix and Ashes (Elemental Masters #3) by Mercedes Lackey. Okay, this starts with the protagonist in trouble, which I vastly prefer to building up a whole peaceful world and then smashing it to pieces, and she crawls out mostly under her own power and knows when to ask

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