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Carter Beats the Devil - Glen David Gold
Scarlet Witch: Witches' Road
Full of Briars - Seanan McGuire
Regeneration - Stephanie Saulter
Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Girl From Everywhere - Heidi Heilig
A Cold Day For Murder - Dana Stabenow
Washington: A Life - Ron Chernow
Nightwing: False Starts

Carter Beats the Devil
I really loved this book and can't quite explain why. I think partly because it's fundamentally a really kind book? Partway through Carter espouses the idea that the point of a magic trick is to make the person who's been tricked feel good - amazed and delighted, not fooled or cheated - and the book itself stands by this, never making the reader feel stupid or betrayed. I also really enjoyed the fact that the book is full of people who just LIKE each other; Carter's relationship with his brother was a highlight for me because it would have been so easy to write them as estranged, but instead they clearly care about each other a great deal. <3

The Girl From Everywhere
Very enjoyable YA time travel fantasy. I liked the worldbuilding, I liked the characters, I even liked the het romance. WONDERS WILL NEVER CEASE. (Could've done without the love triangle, though.) I look forward to reading the next one.

Nightwing: False Starts
This suffered a little bit from being something of a grab bag of parts of other storylines (Cataclysm, the Nite-Wing stuff, an exciting adventure with Connor Hawke that we don't get to see the end of, a few other bits and bobs), but I really liked it nevertheless. It kicked off with a four part (complete!) story co-starring Huntress, which I loved - the characterisation was pretty great and I enjoyed their dynamic, the way they clashed and found common ground - and ended with the issue where Dick and Tim go train surfing, which was also largely a delight. There was a bit more Dick/Babs in this than I am here for, but overall it was a good time and I really enjoyed sinking back into my beloved pre-Flashpoint universe. Oracle existed! Connor Hawke existed! Dick and Tim were brothers! I miss those days a lot.

Didn't finish: The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo - Catherine Johnson
I got to about the middle of this book with a sense of growing trepidation about where one aspect of it might be going, so I skipped ahead to see if I was right. (skip) And yes, it did indeed look like the terrible sexist boy that the heroine hates turned out to be her love interest. UGH. Possibly it was more complicated than it seemed, but I just couldn't be bothered to stick around and find out.

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Date: 2016-10-03 02:34 pm (UTC)
jb_slasher: rodney mckay; stargate atlantis (little bribes)
From: [personal profile] jb_slasher
Good to hear that about Carter Beats the Devil. I might bump it up on my to-read list :)

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Date: 2016-10-03 03:07 pm (UTC)
purplefringe: Amelie (Default)
From: [personal profile] purplefringe
"I really loved this book and can't quite explain why." - THIS IS MY LIFE. As I have already yelled at you on Twitter :-D But I think you've hit the nail on the head there - the various twists and turns and surprises of the novel unfold in such a way as to delight the reader, rather than make them feel stupid for missing something. And YES to the kindness. I LOVE Charlie and James's relationship ('Bring panettone'!) - it felt like a really real sibling relationship. Not estranged and awkward, but also not creepily close and codependent, like sibling relationships in fiction sometimes are.

Also I'm just really in love with Charles Carter. <3 I think he was a very formative fictional boyfriend. (I read this first at about 14)

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Date: 2016-10-03 01:48 pm (UTC)
ext_3965: (I Prefer Reading)
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Carter Beats the Devil and The Girl From Everywhere sound good. I will look them up.

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Date: 2016-10-06 10:01 am (UTC)
ext_23287: (she was my friend)
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Hope you enjoy them!

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Date: 2016-10-06 11:35 am (UTC)
ext_3965: (I Prefer Reading)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! I've added Carter to my Amazon wishlist and requested the other from the library.


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