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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
Firebirds Soaring: An Anthology of Original Speculative Fiction - Jane Yolen;Kara Dalkey;Sherwood Smith;Elizabeth Wein;Nancy Springer;Laurel Winter;Nina Kiriki Hoffman;Louise Marley;Nick O'Donohoe ed. by Sharyn November

Yes, I skipped the second one. It was semi-accidental. I ordered it through ILL and they accidentally sent me the first one. Which was fine. I re-read it. I enjoyed it. Then I ordered the third one because I had some sort of weird prejudice against the second one at that point. I know this is ridiculous, and I will read it. Eventually.

Anyway. My weird tics aside, I enjoy this anthology series. It feels much more solid to me than the Windling/Datlow anthologies tend to be, which I appreciate. And reading the list of authors who've contributed something is delicious.

* "Kingmaker" by Nancy Springer. Wow, great story. An interesting premise, wonderful characters, and a bittersweet tone, all in twenty pages. That's impressive.

* "Singing on a Star" by Ellen Klages was very haunting. It's hard to describe exactly, but it's definitely one of the stories that stuck with me.

* "Ferryman" by Margo Lanagan. Told from the point of view of Charon's daughter. If that doesn't get you, nothing will. Plus, Margo Lanagan!

* "Three Twilight Tales" by Jo Walton is (are?) just beautiful. They read like a prose poem to me, with that same sense of not being able to understand everything that poetry gives me.

* "Power and Magic" by Marly Youmans was unusual and lovely. The tone was just right for the story and India has such a great voice.

* "Court Ship" by Sherwood Smith continues the story of Mel's family, this time focusing on her son. I liked it basically for that reason. The heroine was nice too, but...yeah, basically for Raec. It did give a great insight into some of the backstory I didn't know about.

* "Fear and Loathing in Lalanna" by Nick O'Donohoe has my vote as the funniest story in the whole thing.

* And, rounding up the collection, Elizabeth Wein's "Something Worth Doing" managed to tell a story of a WWII woman pilot without making me say, "Like THAT would ever happen," which, given the territory she's working with, is impressive. But then, it's Elizabeth Wein! (*tries not to fangirl and fails*)

Book source: Inter-library loan