Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner My rating: 5 of 5 stars Remember Kamet, the ambassador’s slave from a few books ago? Eugenides, King of Atolia & Thief of Eddis sent a solider to steal him. Most of the book is a travel journey, blessed by the god of “how many ways can you … More Good Batch this week
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.
No happy endings. No resolutions at all. 3 narrators take turns in this book: I don’t like any of them enough to remember their names. -One psychopath (a girl, tho they are usually men in literature), -one possible psychopath (he only used to be evil, now he’s maybe reformed) and -one alleged psychic who makes … More Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn
First of all, the cover: is it eldritch abomination with tentacles hanging down, or is it pointy white hoods coming up in the night? Yes. It is. If you read Lovecraft, you probably know Mr. Braithwaite. I didn’t, so I met the sorcerer in this book. It took a while to realize he was a … More Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
I can’t remember who recced this to me. I opened up to a random story, it was about a guy who won’t be ‘the daddy’ to some other guy’s kid. Well, OK. And the kid complained that none of the other guys would be his daddy either, so he mutilated them. Um. Random guys don’t … More Whispers in the Night by Molly Tabachnikov
Nine short(ish) story. Some marvelous, some meh. Disclaimer: I didn’t read the 1st Mistborn series, but I read the 2nd, while I read 2nd Stormlight book but not the 1st. “The Emperor’s Soul” was breathlessly fabulous. Forging a painting, forging the Emperor’s scepter, does it prepare a crook to forge the most impossible thing? “Sixth … More Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection by Brandon Sanderson
So many photos! And many are of Sousa himself, playbills, audience at his performances. My favorite part of the book is watching fashions change over the decades. I don’t know what his mama would have thought of him meeting up with bathing beauties showing their limbs at the “Atlantic pageant’, later known as the Miss … More John Philip Sousa’s America: The Patriot’s Life in Images and Words by John Phillip Sousa, IV