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random library adventures

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

Tangled Webs (Forgotten Realms: Starlight and Shadows, Book 2)

Tangled Webs - Elaine Cunningham I think what I like most about these books is that, even though things turn out all right in the end, actions have consequences and the main characters suffer. Change in fiction arrives through suffering, and while trials and tribulations are the stuff of many dungeon-crawling fantasy novels, the characters rarely actually truly ENDURE anything beyond some close physical scrapes. Liriel goes through a lot of inner torment to try to find her place in the world, and it's compelling. Or, at least, it was to me.