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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
Libriomancer
Jim C. Hines
Elizabeth & Leicester: Power, Passion, Politics
Sarah Gristwood
Harrowing the Dragon - Patricia A. McKillip I had read this one at some point in the past. I remember enjoying it quite a lot. This time I had a somewhat mixed reaction; some stories I really enjoyed and some I was not so fond of.
Ones I enjoyed:
* “Baba Yaga and the Sorcerer’s Son”. With the interweaving of Russian folklore and original story, this one hit the right balance for me.
* “Lady of the Skulls”. A tantalizing story, with rich imagery.
* “The Lion and the Lark”. Probably my favorite of the whole bunch. It wove several fairy tale motifs together, all the while remaining fresh and interesting.
While I think the collection overall is very strong, there are some stories which were less successful at pulling me into their world in such a short space. I’m also not such a fan of McKillip’s modern settings.