Nov. 23rd, 2016

muccamukk: Woman sleeping in bed, surrounded by books. (Books: Ballycumbers)
What I Just Finished Reading
Harpist in the Wind (Riddle-Master #3) by Patricia A. McKillip, narrated by Simon Prebble
Possibly not the strongest conclusion to such a fantastic series, but still very good. I really liked a lot of the discussions around the ethical uses of power, which really was the core of the series. The world building continued excellent, and I still love all the layers of history and magic.

Unfortunately, a lot of the characters I liked from the first one were more or less sidelined, and there were some long road trip sections that dragged.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
Total soap opera, but well written and totally addictive. I enjoyed the alternate history of the Royal family, though I feel like after all that, they could have ended up with something a bit more of an AU than present day. The characters were likeable and fun, even if the plot had an element of OMG, NOW WHAT? to it.

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon, narrated by Tara Sands
I enjoyed this so much! It was, granted, aimed pretty young, but it packed a hell of an emotional punch, and aside from being fun and creative and full of turning things into dragons, it had some really good discussions of abusive relationships and the ethics of good, evil, and slightly wicked.

It was ticking a long nicely, and then the evil Sorceress showed up, and I spent the rest of the book going, Oh! My heart! I am very fond of characters who are Resigned to Their Fate to the point where they don't even hope for better.

Also they kept turning things into dragons. It was great.

What I'm Reading Now
Audiobook bio of U.S. Grant, which I've just started (due to relistening to my favourite angsty bits of Hangnail five times in a row), the author led with a character glossary, which must be very helpful in a paper book, but is not riveting listening. On the bright side, I have heard of most of these people, which is always an encouraging feeling when one has read several books on the same period.

Paper I'm still plodding through Big Science. I'm up to depressing purges and loyalty oaths. I should just sit down and finish this thing off.

What I'm Reading Next
The Grant thing is 27 hours long, so that for a while. Physical reading, not sure. Go back the Cherryh, and then start that A.M. Dellamonica portal fantasy. Which reminds me, that's the bid item in today's auction.
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