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
When two people don’t quite fit into the crowd – he’s the Baron-to-be, she’s the witch – it must mean that they are meant for each other, right? But no. The square shape doesn’t fit into the round hole, but the dodecahedron doesn’t fit into the circle or the square. The Baron is dying, and … More I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
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.
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