The story cheats – it fails to follow genre standards in two places! Well done. Nameless boy, who might or might not be related to heroes from previous books, has leadership written all over him. This does not sit well with one other boy, who would quite like leadership and has a sharp knife to … More Tale of Oriel & Tale of Elske by Cynthia Voigt
Most adorable book ever. I rec it to everyone 10 years and older. A young dragon caught a cold… in his fire. According to Grandpa in mythical Japan, he has to eat a phoenix shell in the Far North to relight his fire. Clearly, his two friends ill will tag along to help.
Disclaimer: Vatta had a war several books long, I missed it. Now Admiral Ky Vatta is having peace, and apparently peace comes with a heavy side-dish of people trying to kill her. What fun. Uncle CEO Vatta died ages ago, Auntie CEO wants to step down, and Cousin CEO-to-be needs Ky’s signature in order to … More Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon
This winter is far too cold for me. The only cure is to read books set on snowy mountains. With avalanches that kill people. (and preserve them for future viewing…) There are no avalanches in my city! It’s not so bad! See? At least I don’t have to stay in a stinky yak barn to … More Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan
If you could read your boyfriend’s mind wouldn’t you know that he’s just using you? Apparently this occurs to no one, because the little operation is just for –emotions–. A lot of the humor fell flat for me. Not my favorite book by Connie Willis.
The prologue is very fast paced. The main book, I skipped here and there. Something is going on Up North. Mysterious messages, delivered mysteriously. A not-by-the-book hero. A medical officer who is a lot more observant than she ought to be. A completely unnecessary bed partner, who seems to be there because James Bond ™. … More Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson
What lovely, lovely prose. About 2 chapters in, I thought the poetry of words sounded familiar, and indeed Kij Johnson wrote this most excellent debut novel: The Fox Woman and this excellent short: Ponies. Opening scene: Women’s college, a student has run off with a boy. But not just any boy, he’s a Dreamer and … More The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson