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Fairest High Nilson; Allegiant Stories of Snow Hild; Truthsayer's Sky Apprentice

No Fits, Nilson!, by Zachariah OHora
Cute story, superawesome pictures. Anyone who can depict laser-eyes-banana-ice-cream is alright in my book.

The High Jump, by Elizabeth Knox
These autobiographical novels are less well-crafted and more fragmentary than her later works, but I still very much appreciated them.

Fairest in All the Land, by Bill Willingham et al
So far Fairest strikes me as "Fables, even more so". Since I really like Fables, "even more so" is quite welcome.

Allegiant, by Veronica Roth
So much gnashing of the teeth because THE VOICES ARE THE SAME and they are not supposed to be the same. If you get people used to ONE character voice as the narrative voice over two books, and then decide to switch things up, the two different voices have to BE DISTINGUISHABLE. *gnashes teeth, shakes tiny fist at the universe* The rest of it was alright even though it didn't always make a lot of sense, but OH THE VOICES WERE SO FRUSTRATING. I was really bummed 'cause I enjoyed the heck out of the first two books.

Hild, by Nicola Griffith
Slow, delicate, concrete, perfect.

Fables, vol. 19: Snow White, by Bill Willingham et al
I almost made myself late for the airport because I stopped reading this and couldn't stop. Nuff said.

Stories of the Cosa Nostrademus, by Laura Anne Gilman (nook)
Charming, slight, not as good as the novels but still a fun way to spend some time.

Station Amusements in New Zealand, by Lady Barker (nook, public domain)
Purportedly, this was the lighter-side-of-things sequel to Station Life in New Zealand. And mostly it was lighter - I particularly loved the whole tobogganing section. And yet, there were still some thoughtful, practical parts. I have a moderately-sized crush on Lady Barker.

My Sky Blue Trades, by Sven Birkerts
Sometimes a story is so well-told that the details are almost beside the point. This is that sort of story. And yet, if you are particularly interested in writing, or the sixties, or immigrant experiences, or comings-of-age, this book will be even more satisfying.
(238, O15)

The Truthsayer's Apprentice, by Deborah Christian
Perfectly adequate fantasy novel with usual trappings of young man coming into previously unknown powers, magic ladies, wise mentors, etc. It got really good in the last 100 pages, as these things go.
(239, O16)

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