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Last Gaudy Guts; Death Phantoms

The Last Olympian, by Rick Riordan
A satisfying conclusion that had enough looseness to leave me curious about the spinoff series. Not quite as good as the penultimate book, but endings are hard.

I Don't Hate Your Guts, by Noah Van Sciver
Quirky short comic about being depressed, working at low-wage jobs, and... unexpectedly falling in love. I dug it.
(57, O24)

Death Masks, by Jim Butcher, read by James Marsters (reread, audiobook)
This is the first one of these that I liked the content of better, for rereading it. (I often like the reread better just because Marsters is so lovely to listen to, but that's different.) Many spoileriffic things happen in this volume that are MUCH more interesting now that I know the even MORE spoileriffic things that will happen later in the series, and can see the groundwork being laid.

Gaudy Night, by Dorothy Sayers (reread)
I never run out of new things to be most interested in and thoughtful about, while rereading this, and I never *quite* manage to stay in interested-and-thoughtful mode the whole time, instead of getting totally swept up by the story at unpredictable intervals. Which is exactly how it should be.

Phantoms on the Bookshelves, by Jacques Bonnet
A light collection of bibliophilic essays that is just the right admixture of dryly academic and warmly personal. I'll be hanging on to this one, because I'm pretty sure my 50-year-old self will enjoy it every bit as much as I did.
(60, O25)

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