Cats Sleep Anywhere, by Eleanor Farjeon, illustrated by Anne Mortimer (reread)
So many paintings of kitties sleeping, so adorable.
(120)One Man Guy, by Michael Barakiva (advance reading copy)
This was awkward and clumsy and I often felt lectured - I was pretty disappointed because, you know, how many books about Armenian kids discovering they are really into someone of the same sex are there? This is the only one I know of, and I wanted it to be AMAZING, and it just wasn't quite all that. And yet, I slowly fell in love with the story as I became more and more fond of the main character, his friend, and his boyfriend. By the end I was really into it.
(121, A2, O28)The Emperor's Edge, by Lindsey Buroker (nook)
Straightforward steampunk adventure with a fun side of spy/assassin stuff.
(122)Fairest, vol. 2: The Hidden Kingdom, by Bill Willingham, Lauren Beukes et al; Fairest, vol. 3: The Return of the Maharaja, by Bill Willingham, Sean E. Williams et al
I liked the 2nd volume ever so much more than the 3rd (which was still a bit of alright) and I cannot decide whether the difference is that Lauren Beukes is far more to my taste as a writer than Sean E. Williams is, or whether it's that volume 2 really was about THE FEMALE CHARACTERS and volume 3, while purporting to have a heroine, was really all about Prince Charming. (Plus, dude, the "cad becomes an upright man due to the power of twoo wuv" plot? Way done. I'm oversimplifying a tiny bit, but not much. Too bad, because the side stuff was cool.) Either way, this series is still my favorite.
(123, 124)Empress, by Karen Miller
OMG SO INTERMINABLE. But also so delicious. I felt overstuffed. Also I decided to not borrow or buy any more first books in fiction series (amazing most-beloved-already authors exempted as I see fit) until I catch up on them. Because this was one too many "wait, what about the rest of it???"s for me. I really want to read the rest of the trilogy, but decidedly NOT more than I want to read the rest of many other trilogies... and quartets... and 14-book monsters....
(125)I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak
This was so good that it took me until half way through the book to notice that it was written in present tense and even then I didn't mind. I wasn't quite satisfied with the ending but the rest of the book is, well, aces. (heh, couldn't resist.)
(126)Full Contact: The Collection, by Daniel Kucan
I found many things about the narrator of this book frustrating, andbut I had to tear myself away every time I stopped reading it. Full of heart, full of insight, full of people whaling on each other, and the whole is definitely greater than the sum of the parts.
(127, A3)Dead Neon, edited by Todd James Pierce and Jarret Keene
Speculative fiction about Las Vegas. It says "near-future" on the wrapper, but there was at least one far-future story, and a couple that felt like contemporary horror. Some stories were meh, some were "OMG THAT WAS SO GOOD I NEED TO ILL THE AUTHOR'S SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AND HOPE UNLV LETS ME HAVE IT." Ok, that really only happened with one story, but there were at least 2 others that were just as delicious.
(128)Ceres Storm, by David Herter
Science fiction, but heavy on the lyricism and introversion. An odd, poetic, fantastical book that I didn't entirely understand, but which I loved. And a surprisingly quick read.