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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

House of Many Ways

House of Many Ways - Diana Wynne Jones I read this at lightning speed after I bought it, and I did enjoy it immensely--but even though it's touted as a direct sequel to Howl's Moving Castle, Howl & Sophie figure in about as prominently as they did in the other sort-of-sequel, Castle in the Air. I still liked this book better because of my appreciation for the actual protagonist, who was yet another example of Wynne-Jones's ability to create imperfect characters who are nonetheless eminently likable and relatable.