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Medusa's Stories

Equal parts boring and hilarious. I read a lot of YA/MG.

Currently reading

The Friday Society
Adrienne Kress
Traitor's Son
Hilari Bell
The Thousand Names
Django Wexler
What Really Happened in Peru
Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan
The Rise of Renegade X
Chelsea M. Campbell
The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1-5) - T.H. White I only read the first part, for class, but I'll be coming back to read more later. This is fabulous.
Beguilement - Lois McMaster Bujold Far more romance-focused than I expected, but a lovely sweet romance. The magic is interesting and visceral, and equal narrative weight was given to terrifying undead creatures and to the causeway devastation of a confined life. I liked it.

I am terribly afraid none of this will end well.
Silently and Very Fast - Catherynne M. Valente Oh wow. I feel like I've just been punched in the chest. Not sure if it's in a positive or negative way. Wow.
The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus - Margaret Atwood Well that was very deliberately and artistically unsatisfying. WHY WONT YOU EXILING RESOLVE.
An Iliad - Alessandro Baricco That was uplifting.
Libriomancer - Jim C. Hines Boooooooooks. And magic which takes a cost. And a logical threesome ending. And VAMPIRES.

I liked it.
Goliath - Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson A brilliant conclusion to a brilliant series. My ships remain unchanged.
The Rithmatist - Brandon Sanderson I sat down to read a chapter at supper and finished the book. A brilliant opening to the series, and I can't wait for the next book.
Ascension - Kara Dalkey This was written before the YA Dystopian genre really took off, and I was surprised to see how much dystopian has calcified into a form. I kept being startled by who was helpful and who wasn't, who had ulterior motors and what they were.
On a Red Station, Drifting - Aliette de Bodard Well that was phenomenal.
Cinders & Sapphires - Leila Rasheed Auuuuuughhhhhhhhh. SO STRESSFUL.

Apparently I only like crazy metaphors.
Team Human - Sarah Rees Brennan, Justine Larbalestier Really enjoyed the theme of love-- family, romantic, friendship-- which runs through this book. Also really enjoyed the delicate handling of prejudice, and the discussion of the joys of being human. It's rare that being human is something that's held up to admire, except in the Dr Who look-at-your-tenacity-go way which may as well be discussing cockroaches.

Also I love Camille. And Kit. And Mel in all her angry fierce prejudicial love.

I wish there was another boooooook.
The Madness Underneath  - Maureen Johnson Brilliantly done book. Quite possibly the most realistic depiction of fighting ghosts I've ever seen. And I'm not sure I should have read it, as emotionally fragile as I am right now. I love Rory's voice, I love her friends, and precisely because of that, something which happens nearly at the end of the book HURTS.

And I deeply want to know what else happens, but also I'm not even sure the series can end well, with the way the last two books knock the main characters down and start kicking them.
Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo, Leigh Bardugo I was surprised by how POLITICAL this was. Alina is caught in games everyone is playing more expertly than she is. She's still busy trying to catch her breath!

This isn't anything like a full review, I'm just interested because I expected ADVENTURES ON THE STEPPES and instead I got The Game Of The Small Science: oh honey you don't even know how many people are using you as a pawn, do you. Some notes: I ship Genya/David and Alina/Happiness. Neither of the ship boys really impressed me. YOU CAN DO BETTER GIRLFRIEND. I was very interested to see the theme of the liability and/or power of Mercy. Oh and yes, I was interested to see how much Alina obviously has to learn. I'm really looking forward to seeing who Alina becomes.
The Posterchildren: Origins - Kitty Burroughs The trials and tribulations of four teen Post-humans, commonly known as "Posters", in their first year of the final block of their training. Will they learn to control their powers? Will they make it through class? Will they even make it through the year?

I really loved this. It was so FUN. It is self-published and shows some signs of it in strange pacing, an atypical plot, and occasional painful word repetition, but I don't even care. I ADORE these characters (all of them. Yep, all of them), and I want to see them learn and thrive and run up walls and argue with cats and get beaten to a bloody pulp. You know, the ushe.


Midnight Blue-Light Special - Seanan McGuire This book pleases me.