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
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
We’re putting the band back together… not the musical band. The war band. Why? Because one person’s daughter took up the warrior’s road and got well and truly trapped by a siege. Slogged through ~145 pages. Most boring book I’ve read in a long long time.
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
Starts with the war in the year 70, leading up to Titus and the legion burning down the Temple. Part two covers the Mediterranean region under Roman rule, and the Jewish communities in Jerusalem, Egypt, and other localities. What were communities like, who was head of household, how did they worship, lots of interesting details. … More Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations by Martin Goodman
Someone burned down a former theif’s shop. You try to go straight, and what happens? How is this fair??? So, pull together a team, make a plan, take revenge. Then find out that there’s more going on.
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