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Oh yeah, and I have recently finished these most excellent and highly recommended books:

The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt. Sometimes Byatt does it for me, sometimes she don't. This is her best (and most accessible) book since Possession. It's brutal and grim and lovely and haunting and horrible and eerie and wonderful.

Lavinia by Ursula K. LeGuin. A sorta-retelling of the Aeneid (Aeneas fleeing the wreckage of Troy and eventually founding Rome) from a woman's point of view. Often classics redone from female POV books are silly or pointless or full of powerlessness pretending to be empowered. This book really does evoke the distant past and bring a fresh perspective, and a deep sadness, to a very old story.

Johannes Cabal Necromancer by Jonathan Howard. Clever and inventive story of a scientist who sells his soul to the devil and then decides he wants it back. Satan is willing to do a return--if the scientist will trade him 100 souls. What's the best way to gather 100 souls? With a carnival, of course. Author said he was inspired by Bradbury's Dark Carnival and it shows--in a very good way.

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larson. I liked this one better than the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. More Lisbeth and less journalistic twaddle. Lisbeth Salander is definitely a heroine for the ages, a Nini Mo for the 21th century.

Yr. obt. svt.,

Y.S. Wilce

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kylecassidy
Nov. 19th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
did you notice that Lavinia had the same designer your books did? gorgous typesetting.
yswilce
Nov. 19th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
I didn't notice that! We love gorgeous typesetting! BTW--how's it going? Drop me a line and let me know...
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