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Slowly Curse Easy Love; Grave Truth; Yesterday's Rockaway

Curse of the Mistwraith, by Janny Wurts
There was a good story somewhere in this very very thick fantasy novels about two opposed brothers but the prose was REALLY flowery and I kept getting bored and reading other stuff so it took me about 7 years to finish the thing and by then I wasn't very enthused about it.
(271, O52)

Bite Me: Big Easy Nights, by Marion G. Harmon
Jacky is one of my favorite characters in this author's main superhero series so I was excited to read a whole book about her. It ... it was good but fairly firmly in the Genre of Vampire, of which I have read many books and have very high standards, rather than the Genre of Superhero, which the author excels at. So I was a bit let down. I mean, it was good. Just not all that.

How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, by Kiese Laymon
I like Laymon's writing so much that I keep rereading it. Recently an essay of his went viral and it reminded me that I'd been meaning to buy this (and reread the essays which I mostly had read on his blog) so I did. They translate very well to the printed page. He's one of those writers that is so splendid I don't know how to explain it. Just go read some of his stuff already.
(273, O53)

My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins
I read at least one Christmas/holiday-themed anthology almost every year and this was one of the ones I read this year - more or less YA themed. I think it's my favorite Christmas/holiday anthology too. Every story was good and some of them were REALLY good. <3.

Grave Peril, by Jim Butcher, read by James Marsters (audiobook, reread)
This is the point in the Jim Butcher series where I started to really like them! So it is also the point at which I started to SWOON over the audiobooks. I'm so excited that there are so many more of these :D :D:D:D:D:D. They make excellent company while I'm cleaning or cataloging my books, too.

Yesterday's Kin, by Nancy Kress
I enjoyed this sf novella quite a bit - especially because it had lots of biology in - but it never became fully immersive for me. I would've liked it better as a full-length novel with more character development and less hurry, I think.

Far Rockaway, by Charlie Fletcher
Mmmrgh. I don't really know what to make of this book. It's basically YA fanfic where a character ends up having adventures amongst the characters of Last of the Mohicans, Treasure Island, and some other books. But it was ... uncomfortably trying too hard to be modern and uncomfortably enjoying the excuse to revel in decidedly non-PC stereotypes in these already-written-that-way characters, a bit? Not all the time and not enough to make it unreadable. But it definitely made me like the book a lot less than I like his other (swoonworthy) books that I've read.

The Truth is A Cave in the Black Mountains, by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Eddie Campbell
Splendid splendid with the dark spark that I was hoping it would have. And funny. And aesthetically interesting. Woo.

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