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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
The Mountains Of Mourning - Lois McMaster Bujold This novella (it seems a bit long for a short story, I think) does two things: first it helps introduce us a bit more to the non-Vor Barrayarans. I don’t know if that will be important later or not, but it helped to round the world out a bit. Second, it shows Miles slightly less sympathetically. I don’t know, maybe that part was just me, but his role as detective and judge removed him a bit–sure it’s an intensely personal case, but at the same time he’s not simply Our Hero–he’s judging life and death. The mystery aspect was maybe a tad weak, just because it seemed like the solution came out of nowhere. But hey, that’s true of Agatha Christie too. [Nov. 2010]