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By Singing Light

Pretty much everything here originally appeared at my actual blog: By Singing Light. I particularly focus on upper middle-grade and young adult books. I also enjoy adult genre books, especially speculative fiction.

Currently reading

The Lost Tools of Learning and the Mind of the Maker
Dorothy L. Sayers
The Seventh Bride
T. Kingfisher
Hope in the Dark
Rebecca Solnit
Outrun the Moon
Stacey Lee
Midnight Thief
Livia Blackburne
The White Hart
Nancy Springer
The Great Wall Of Lucy Wu
Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Jim C. Hines
Elizabeth & Leicester: Power, Passion, Politics
Sarah Gristwood
A Study in Scarlet -  Arthur Conan Doyle This is a mystery to me. No, really. We have this galloping plot and characters (once Holmes and Watson get introduced properly) and then at the very end, just when all is about to be revealed, Conan Doyle sticks in this huge long section which takes place in the past and totally drags the plot down. SURELY there is a better way to reveal all of the secrets so cunningly set up before. Ah well. I shall remember and skip it next time. (Also, after re-reading this, I re-read “A Study in Emerald” by Neil Gaiman and was struck once again by how marvellous that short story is. I can take Gaiman or leave him–I like some of his stuff but he’s not on my favorite authors list–but that story is awesome.) [June 2010]