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Intermittent reviews & commentary. Preferred genres: YA; contemporary lit; sci-fi/fantasy; comic books

Currently reading

One Hundred and Forty Five Stories in a Small Box: Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, How the Water Feels to the Fishes, and Minor Robberies
Dave Eggers, Deb Olin Unferth
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
The Best American Short Stories 2009
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
The Graveyard Book
Neil Gaiman
Cornelia Funke, Anthea Bell
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
David Sedaris
The Quick-Change Artist
Cary Holladay


Ash - Malinda Lo Greatly enjoyed this book. Lo's writing is evocative, lush and lyrical, and I felt for her characters. Her prose is particularly strong when describing the lands of faerie and the wonder/terror of her protagonist's experiences with them. I liked the romance between Aisling and Kaisa, but I did feel like the book was maybe a little too thin for the scope of the story it was telling. Still, I don't regret buying it, and I'd recommend it to anyone--especially to those who wish we had more serious female / female stories on the market, whether romantic or not.