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Saffy's Divine Wind

Divine Misdemeanors, by Laurell K. Hamilton
Enh. I read it when my teeth really really really hurt (or actually LACK of teeth, I just had 2 wisdom teeth pulled). So I don't really remember how it was. It did a good job of distracting me and I do still find it amusing that the Merry Gentry series now has less sex and more plot than the Anita Blake series, since they started out precisely the other way around.

The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss
I really liked all of this except for a small chunk in the early middle that felt grafted into the rest of the book. Sadly that small chunk took the book from an OMG AWESOME all the way down to a "yeah, it was pretty good", which is probably completely unfair... one might tend to blame that on my still-sore jaw, rather than on the book itself. Very much of its genre but in a dark, wryly self-aware way that I dug. Looking forward to the second one. (I will describe the tedious chunk in more detail to anyone who is interested, but I think saying it here would constitute a spoiler. So, um, beware potential spoilers in the comments!)

Saffy's Angel, by Hilary McKay
So I accidentally left a bag full of ice on my spouse's side of the bed and at some point one of the cats must have poked a hole in it and by the time I went to bed at 10 pm the entire thing had drained out into the sheets and mattress. OOPS. I needed something short and sweet that would keep me engaged for the HOUR I spent aiming a hairdryer at the wet mattress, and seized upon this middle-grade novel about a large and eccentric family of artists. It was a perfect fit. Just daffy enough to engage my sense of the absurd while still feeling believable - much like I Capture the Castle for the 8-12 set. SO GLAD it's the first of several in the series, SO GLAD I finally got around to reading it. And Rose has totally stolen my heart already so I'm especially psyched that she gets her own book - no, wait, I think she gets TWO.
(50/200, 4/100)

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