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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
Cotillion - Georgette Heyer This was my second time reading this one. I remember not liking it very much the first time I read it. I think I had just read Devil’s Cub or one of that type of her books and therefore was very caught up in the ‘hero’ type of…hero. This time around I enjoyed it quite a bit. I think I also associated Freddy Standen with Freddy Threepwood of P.G. Wodehouse fame. But Freddy Standen is nowhere near as idiotic. Spoilery comments follow, so if you want to read this one, I’d stop here.

In fact, Freddy Standen may be one of my favorite Georgette Heyer heroes at this point, and Kitty one of my favorite heroines. I liked how light-hearted much of their relationship was. I also liked how they seemed to listen to each other and, even if they didn’t ultimately agree, take the other’s point of view into consideration.

The part I liked the most was the end, so obviously I can’t say much about it. But I thought that overall it was one of Georgette Heyer’s most nuanced books. I do love her, but she can get very two-dimensional character-wise. In this, all of the main characters and several of the more minor characters felt very well drawn to me.

I realized I haven’t said anything about plot. I don’t think it’s particularly necessary to. It’s Heyer, so it’s Regency and fairly lighthearted and no serious harm comes to anyone involved. (Sept. 2009)

Another 15 cent book. YAY! Because I love this book, even if I still haven't solved the mystery of the title. I think this one really stands up to, and actually demands, re-reading. At first glance the main characters seems sort of silly, but on a re-read one realizes that they actually have more substance than it appears. And any comparisons to Freddy Threepwood, of Leave it to Psmith fame, are totally unjustified. (Full review here.) (Aug. 2010)