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11:00 pm: wednesday reading
• What are you reading?

The ghost in the electric blue suit, by Graham Joyce. The thing I love about Graham Joyce is that I can't tell before I open the book whether what looks like magic will turn out to be magic, not magic, or undecidable. He has written all three. I think this one will be magic, but the young man protagonist is facing temptations/dangers in sex, in politics, in education, in family ties, and in a past tragic event that he can't remember, as well as the one a surly caretaker warns him about: "Don't lend 'em any money. Don't buy 'em a beer. You can lend 'em a cigarette. A cigarette is all right. One cigarette. Not two. One cigarette is all right. Don't tell 'em nothing they don't need to know. Nothing. Be all right."

• What did you recently finish reading?

The Countess Conspiracy, by Courtney Milan. Enjoyable.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

A Natural History of Dragons, by Marie Brennan, for SF book group.

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From:pennski
Date:January 8th, 2015 09:26 pm (UTC)
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I hope you enjoy "A Natural History of Dragons" as much as I did! I look forward to reading what you and your book group think of it.
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From:adrian_turtle
Date:January 8th, 2015 10:28 pm (UTC)
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Have you read other books by Courtney Milan? I found "The Countess Conspiracy" first, and liked it very much. There's a loosely connected series where the main characters of one turn up as minor characters in the others, and I mostly liked the ones connected to the Countess Conspiracy. I tried another set of hers, Un-something, that didn't come anywhere near appealing to me. Usually, if I like a writer, I'm happy to follow along so long as they don't wander off into a subgenre I dislike (grimdark, or travelogues, or hagiography), so this really surprised me.
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