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
Two young foxes watch an semi-abandoned country house. His Lordship fails at the capital and retires to said country house. Her Ladyship dutifully follows her husband, even though a strange thing happened to her at this very country house. The countryside. Where things are not entirely civilized. The young fox falls in love with His … More The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson
Interesting mystery, set between the World Wars. Is the detective psychic or not? Mostly she seems to pay close attention to body language, but sometimes it seems that the physical room is calling her to look at this or that. She recommends that someone use the new physical movements of Dr. Pilates! How cute. The … More Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear
In which Eve has some character growth, Roarke owns stuff and is an e-geek, and Summerset goes on vacation.
Fair warning: If you snicker at the snark, don’t read this book in public. Worst wedding plan ever: Loki wants his daughter to marry someone. This can’t go well. And apparently, Loki is not even the Worst Dad Ever ™. Wow, nice job, Riordan. I’d like Thor’s hammer to bash some awful family relationships, please. … More The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
If the gods are both Greek & Roman, then their separate halves have to stay separate or they get confused. OK. I like the ‘Greco-Roman gods are cos-playing’ explanation better, but this makes for a better plot. We follow Percy, Leo, and Annabeth as they work their way through various trials, monsters, and tricky clues. … More The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Big sister Verity puts on a red wig and has all the DRAMA. Little sister Anny (Antimony, AKA Timmy, AKA a few other names) has to deal with the mess. And she’s totally not out looking for a hot guy, but if one turns up, she won’t say no. And if another one turns up, … More Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire