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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
Something Rich and Strange - Patricia A. McKillip Something Rich and Strange
(with illustrations by Brian Froud)

This book was nowhere near as successful as McKillip's best. I think it's because it remained too grounded in our world--the best McKillip, with the exception of the Riddle-master sequence, is that which takes us into a dream, weaving it around us so tightly that when the story ends we emerge shaken, wondering what we're looking at. Something Rich and Strange never does that. I don't know that it even tries to. I also found it hard to like any of the characters. Often I have this problem with McKillip because the characters are insubstantial, unknowable. But here it was almost as if they were too known.

Also, for a book based on pieces of art (by Brian Froud--it's one in a whole series), I found curiously little interaction between art and word. In the end, I feel that this is a book unsure of exactly what it wants to be.