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Wed Nov 27th, 2013


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08:30 pm - Wednesday meme
What have you just finished reading?
Wilkins' Tooth, a Diana Wynne Jones I somehow missed back in the 70s. Except this was the American edition, called Witch's Business, and featuring a cat and a cottage. So I was pleased and surprised, in view of the paleness of her later oeuvre, to find that the titular character comes from the West Indies. Fun fast read, but with the signature neglectful parents, and her 'old women are awful!' theme as well. Which I think she inherited from Jane Austen, actually; IIRC Austen doesn't have a single sympathetic female character over 30. (My guess at Mrs Gardiner's age FWIW.) This book probably needs to be balanced by some Granny Weatherwax, just because.

A Bride's Story, vols 1&2. Lovely detail and 'nicer than I expect anyone to be' manga characters. Feel it probably reads better in Japanese than English; might read the whole series when I'm feeling less apocalyptic.

What are you reading now?
Pema Chodron, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change (and no, amazon.com, there's no comma in the title.) Because I *need* it, with the kind of week I'm having.

What will you read next?
Kate Elliott's Cold Fire is on its way to me from the library. The library write-up promises "a pseudo-Victorian Europe at the emergence of an industrial revolution, replete with dirigibles, gas lights, and great political and social upheaval." Every other review makes it sound distinctly less steampunk than this. We shall see.

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