What I Just Finished Reading

Summerlong – Peter Beagle
This was indeed not my cup of tea. I connected with none of the characters, the majority of the narrative is a wish fulfilment fantasy, and the big reveals (and what happens subsequently) were visible from a mile away. The volume concludes with an About the Author so pompous that readers may be forgiven for wondering why, in a world graced with Beagle's genius, anyone still bothers with Shakespeare.


What I Am Currently Reading

Japan and Korea – Frank Carpenter
In which we move on to traditional crafts; it's neat that what Carter wrote about 90 years ago still goes on in Kyoto today.

The Devil's Feast – MJ Carter
I'm a third of the way through the book and narratively, now the real fun is beginning. Carter has a tendency to deliver history lecture as chunks of dialogue, but it's far more natural here than in The Infidel Stain. But when she does show, she does it so very well.

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet – Charlie Holmberg
I'm still very much enjoying this novel. It's a darker, more adult narrative than any of Holmberg's previous books, and I'm interested to see how she develops certain elements, such as ethnicity and religion, that she introduced in the early chapters.

Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire
This novel--about the denizens of a school for children who have been expelled from fantasy realms and are desperate to get back--has a classic Holly Black vibe. The social commentary is laid on a bit thick in places, but I'm fine with that because it's good commentary.

Clariel – Garth Nix
In which we learn some intriguing things about our protagonist, and encounter a Charter Mage who is going to teach her more.

Uprooted – Naomi Novik
I've reached what I think of as the second part of this novel, where the cast of characters and setting both undergo a major shift. I remember liking the first part better; we'll see if that still holds true during this reading.

The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom – John Pomfret
Still truckin'.

Ugly Koreans, Ugly Americans – Min Byoung-chul
Still truckin'.


What I'm Reading Next
I will keep on truckin' through the above.

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