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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
Ethan of Athos - Lois McMaster Bujold Ethan of Athos
This is apparently a standalone, which I didn’t realize before I read it. If you take all of my reservations about Cetaganda and multiply them, that’s how I feel about Ethan. The only person I really cared about was Elli, and considering that her previous appearance was extremely brief, she was only a tenuous connection to the heart of the other books.

The nuances of the different societies were well done, and I really admire Bujold for writing about a society like Athos’ without coming across as completely preachy and awful.

(Continuing the trend of…interesting covers: Exhibit B. Not as bad as the first one, BUT STILL.)

I’m ready to get back to Miles and Barrayar and the Dendarii Mercenaries, so hopefully the next one will give me that. [Nov. 2010]