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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
Flora Segunda - Ysabeau S. Wilce These are absolutely mad books, with magickal Butlers, a population that wears kilts, and a determined heroine. Also, great slang. Pigface psychopomp has now entered my vocabulary irrevocably. Basically, they’re a lot of fun, but fun with a good heart to them. [Jan. 2010]


Having bought my own copy, I sat down to re-read this. So much fun! I love Flora and Udo. And Poppy makes me cry. A great mixture of a rollicking adventure and a bittersweet coming of age story. [Jul. 2010]


Wilce creates a wonderful, colorful world, full of mad and lovely characters. Despite all of the politics (something I dearly love) and so on, it’s simply a good story. (I talked about it here and again here.) [2010 in books]