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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
Miles, Mutants, and Microbes - Lois McMaster Bujold Miles, Mutants and Microbes: This includes Falling Free, “Labyrinth,” and Diplomatic Immunity. The three stories are linked by their subject: quaddies, a genetically engineered form of human with two sets of arms and no legs. The first novel tells the story of their origination and initial struggles. Out of all of the non-Miles stories in the series, I enjoyed this one the most. Leo was a very different character, but a compelling one in his own right. “Labyrinth” isn’t my favorite story, but it does provide some history for various character whom we encounter in other novels. Diplomatic Immunity was lovely, although it sent me on an immediate search for “Winterfair Gifts”, the story that precedes it chronologically. I remain an Ekaterin fangirl (because she is awesome). It was nice to have some more of Bel, who I’m very fond of. However, I went from reading this one straight into reading “Borders of Infinity” (the short story), and it gave me Cetagandan whiplash. In Diplomatic Immunity, they’re not sympathetic characters exactly, but they’re also not out and out villains in the way they’re shown in “Borders of Infinity.”