What does #1 love? (Click on each cover to find out more)
Snuff by Terry Pratchett: the new Discworld. I thought this one was just fantastic. I totes identify with Sam Vimes… not that I’m a hard-bitten cop who worries he may be a killer… but his parenting is similar to ours and young Sam seems pretty real to us. (#2 especially enjoyed the parent-child interaction in Thud!)
Across the Great Barrier by Patricia C. Wrede. The second in the Thirteenth Child series. Not as good as the first. It felt to me like it was marking time, but DH disagreed. There was really only one part that reminded me of the first book when she figures out something about the interaction between the different kinds of magic. Still, a reasonably good read.
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George. A new children’s book by a new children’s author. Amazon recommended it so I put it on my wishlist with a medium and someone got it for me. It’s a good children’s book! A good princess book too, though the princesses don’t seem to have a chance to be in line for the throne, which kind of sucks [update: that may be incorrect-- there's just been no queens yet]. But they’re still feisty enough to save a castle, a kingdom, and their brother’s life.
DC is thoroughly enjoying Seven Day Magic by Edward Eager. My parents brought up a few boxes of my old classics and my sister’s old teen romances. I love Edward Eager to pieces and apparently so does DC! In Seven Day Magic the children check out a magical library book that writes their stories for the week as they go through various magical encounters. Last night they battled a dragon… and dragons, when they feel small, become small. One almost feels sorry for the dragon. This version is a paperback, but I remember originally checking the book out from the library… in a red non-nondescript cover, just like the book described in the book.
#2 just finished The Spirit Lens by Carol Berg and loved it. Compulsively readable, straight-up high fantasy, swords & sorcery flavor. My partner tried to have a conversation with me while I was in the middle of it (for several hours in a row) and I had no idea what he was talking about, I was so deep in the world. Can’t wait for the sequel. (Wait, it’s from WHOSE point of view?!?!? ARGH! Do not want. I hope the narrator is more likeable in the second book than the same character was in the first, which was narrated by someone else.)
I also loved Prime Baby by Gene Luen Yang. It’s about this kid who plans to be an evil mastermind and take over the world someday… and then he gets a baby sister. And he thinks his baby sister is an alien. It very much speaks to me of my childhood. It’s for grownups, though; kids wouldn’t get the humor. Love it.
O MAN O MAN! LATE BREAKING NEWS, my partner has gotten me something AWESOME: the sweetest, most powerful, longest-lasting, coffee EVAR! He really is the best.
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