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.
I loved the Midwest setting here--I didn't identify any particular geographic points, but the whole thing just rang true for me--and the characters as well. Their dilemma relationship-wise is a somewhat unusual one and I think Bujold handled it well. [Feb. 2011]