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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
Dingo - Charles de Lint Despite an interesting concept, I had a few problems with this one. First, there were some phrases that no teenager has ever, and I’m including myself the Queen of British and Old-fashioned Slang in this, used. Example: Miguel describes himself as having “a dark cast to my complexion”. I understand that it can be hard to come up with non-cliched, non-offensive ways to describe a character with a different skin tone, but seriously? Also, it felt like the story moved too fast. [May 2010]