I picked this book up again because of one scene: The Duchess who is quite rural does not want to learn city manners… then the Deportment Mistress demands how she will know the best way to break the rules if she doesn’t even know what they are. Oh, am I allowed to break the rules? … More A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer
How is this book not required reading? Also, its so much better than the first book, Wizard of Oz. On the other hand, given the movie, it’s just as well this was never Disneyfied. You know that pretty girl in the fairy dress on the cover? Look out for her in the book. She’s a … More The Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum
How would you like the witch to give you a twin – one who is smarter, better, faster than you? She’s really nice, though: she only wants half of Mirka’s life. Half her meals, half her classes, half her basketball games – how will a nice Orthodox Jewish girl get her life back? And what … More Mirka Met a Meteorite & Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch
Do questions make a good review? Why is making cloth women’s work? When did it become men’s work? How closely does the modern suit-and-shirt resemble the earliest form of clothing? What about other cultural forms of clothing? Why shouldn’t hunting be women’s work, since some women hunted? When is farming women’s work, and when is … More Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
“I can steal anything!” – and then brag about it, get sent to prison, and get co-opted to steal the mystical Gift of Hamiathes, which makes the bearer True King/Queen of Eddis. Snark! Dangerous rivers! Treachery! Gods! So much fun. I don’t know how Turner managed to make the subsequent books EVEN BETTER. The Thief … More The Queen’s Thief series
The princess is blind. She also refuses to speak, and who can heal that? Not the doctors, only the tiger. So off Princess Cinnamon goes to forest, which she can’t see, to hang with the tiger. Strange story, lovely artwork.
reread. What a great opening scene. Carolyn is walking down the road in a bloody silk dress, murder knife tucked into the small of her back, and she realizes that -this- driver is real-concerned, not predator-concerned to get her into the car. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?” This was a very, very weird book. Death is not … More Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins