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Wolverine and the X-Men vol 7
Wolverine and the X-Men vol 8
Silk: The Life And Times of Cindy Moon*
King's Dragon - Kate Elliott
Daggerspell - Katharine Kerr
The Castle Behind Thorns - Merrie Haskell*
Dangerous Days on the Victorian Railways: Feuds, Frauds, Robberies and Riots - Terry Deary*
Fool's Fate - Robin Hobb
On Liberty - Shami Chakrabarti
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic vol 3
The Oversight - Charlie Fletcher
The Shortest Way to Hades - Sarah Caudwell
Star Trek: The Missing - Una McCormack
The King's Grave: The Search for Richard III - Philippa Langley and Michael Jones*
Space Hostages - Sophia MacDougall

Silk: The Life And Times of Cindy Moon
The art on this comic is wonderful: deeply charming, cute without being cutesy. The writing's pretty strong too: it balanced Cindy's superheroing with her quest to find out what happened to her family in the ten years she was in her bunker really well, though I could have done with more on Cindy adapting to the modern world. It was also great to see the possibility of Cindy having an anxiety disorder raised, and I really liked how matter of fact the mention of lots of superheroes being in therapy was: often that's something that's played for laughs or done to be cynical about the very concept of superheroes, but here it was totally neutral. Superheroes go through traumatic experiences and sometimes, for some of them, therapy is sensible and helpful, and that's all there is to it.

The Castle Behind Thorns
This wonderful children's book takes a few basic elements from Sleeping Beauty - a curse, a girl waiting to be woken in a castle surrounded by thorns - and uses them to tell a story about mending and healing, about fixing what's broken and accepting what you can't fix, and about seeing possibilities. Really excellent.

Dangerous Days on the Victorian Railways
Breezily entertaining history of the railways in the Victorian and pre-Victorian period, with a focus on the many railway-associated ways to die, complete with cheerfully graphic inserts on how, exactly, you would die from, say, standing next to an exploding boiler. Also full of many awful jokes, all of which I enjoyed greatly. (It was terribly rude about Brunel though.)

The King's Grave: The Search for Richard III
This book could have been so much better than it was. It's divided into two, with alternating chapters on the historical Richard III and on the dig for his remains. The former, by Jones, were relatively solid: definitely pro-Richard, but in a "providing a counterargument to the prevailing narrative" kind of a way. The latter, by Langley... well, there was some good stuff about how modern archeological digs in that kind of situation are carried out, which I could read a whole book on, but that aspect was a bit crowded out by Langley's laser focus on Richard. The first chapter had a lot of guff about ~the anointed king of England~, and I rolled my eyes a lot at her horror over the possibility that anyone might look at the remains with their FILTHY EYES. I mean, I agree that a certain amount of respect is important when dealing with human remains, but Langley clearly thinks that Richard's remains should be revered above all because of who he was, and... no. There was also an unpleasant thread of ableism running through the book: Jones talks about how later portrayals of Richard probably exaggerated his physical disability in order to suggest that he was a bad person, and never really challenges that association outside of a vague "of course we don't think like that now" towards the end. And Langley's sheer horror when the skeleton's spine appears to be curved, and her relief when it turns out to not to be kyphosis but scoliosis ("a condition," she informs us, "not a disability"), was, despite her attempts to play it off as a worry that the general public will assume that therefore everything Shakespeare said about Richard was true, incredibly distasteful.
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