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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


Wings - Aprilynne Pike The endorsement blurb from Twisuck author S. Meyer should be warning enough that you're in for (the exact opposite of) a treat. Creepily intense stalker love interest? CHECK. Bland writing that evokes no emotion aside from boredom and frustration? CHECK. Obsession with characters' physical appearances? CHECK. The sole point in this book's favor is that there is another love interest who's normal, kind and supportive and the female friend is not dumb/annoying/etc--though she's also BARELY there.

Points are deducted for just about everything else, though, including the fact that the villains' evilness stems from the fact that they're ugly and the faeries' goodness stems from the fact that they're pretty. That's seriously the explanation offered: faeries are good because they're symmetrical and attractive and trolls are inherently wicked because they're deformed.

Of course there's a movie deal for this crap in the works. OF COURSE.