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Last Falling Elementary Love; Good Hell

The Last Word, by Lisa Lutz
As wisecracking and oddball as ever. Really enjoyed it. And the series came to a satisfying conclusion, which is kind of rare for comedic fiction series - endings are hard.

Falling into the Fire, by Christine Montross
This was an uncomfortable but fascinating read - a nonfiction work by a hospital / ER psychiatrist. She talks about some of her most difficult cases, in a careful and never dehumanizing or flippant way - and yet the subject matter is still painful enough that it took some intestinal fortitude to stay with this book. It was worth the effort.

Elementary, edited by Mercedes Lackey
Mehhhhhhh. I should've remembered that the two main reasons I like the Elementals series are the time period and her writing style (which is comfort food for me). So of course I was uninspired by anthology of other authors (set in vastly different time periods) that only shares the basic world-building. I did very much enjoy the pieces by Tanya Huff and Jodie Lynn Nye (both of whom I non-coincidentally ALSO read a lot of when I was a teenager - Huff is one of my favorite fantasists), but the rest ranged from bleah to pleasantly forgettable....

All About Love, by bell hooks
I wanted this to be a deeply philosophical and personal book and instead it was self-helpy and overgeneralizing. Graw. Double graw. Even still, being bell hooks, it had some redeeming qualities. But I will be reading something else by her and hoping the magic was only missing from this one book. I really loved her other books that I've read...

The Good Neighbors, vol. 2: Kith, and vol. 3: Kind, by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh
Weirdly, Kith turned out to be my favorite of these - I usually like middle books least in trilogies, though The Two Towers is a paradigmatic exception. Still, the last book ended most satisfactorily, and I'd recommend these comics to those what like urban fantasy.
(208, 224)

Hell With the Lid Blown Off, by Donis Casey
Loved this mystery, latest in the Alafair Tucker series. Mostly because I am so fond of all the characters by now but also because 1) the plot was good and 2) the stuff about dealing with tornadoes in early 20th-century Oklahoma was SO INTERESTING. I do enjoy a well-woven infodump.

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