Dec. 1st, 2009

Bonnie Dundee by Rosemary Sutcliff: reviewed {HERE}

The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters: The second Amelia Peabody mystery. To be honest, I think I'm content to leave the series here. I know people who really enjoy it, and Amelia is a fun character. But it already felt repetitive, which is not good, in the second book of a series!

Mothstorm by Philip Reeve: reviewed {HERE}

Betsy's Wedding by Maud Hart Lovelace: Always a lovely comfort read. The last chapter of Betsy's story is both heart-warming and agonizing, as Betsy returns from Europe and gets married, while the world prepares for World War I. Also lovely for its realistic description of the everyday balancing act between being a writer and a person.

Street of the Five Moons by Elizabeth Peters: The second Vicky Bliss mystery and the one where John Smythe first appears. Outrageous fun, as usual.

These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer: reviewed {HERE}

The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer: reviewed {HERE}. I actually read this one twice.

Sprig Muslin by Georgette Heyer: reviewed {HERE}

Sylvester by Georgette Heyer: reviewed {HERE}

Night Train to Memphis by Elizabeth Peters: I haven't read The Laughter of Dead Kings yet, but I've read the rest of the books in the Vicky Bliss series and this one is definitely, emphatically my favorite. Peters manages to take all the tropes she's set up in the rest of the books and stand them on their heads. Plus, Schmidt is amazing.

The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye: Always a favorite; a sweet story of Amy, the princess whose godmother gave her the gift of being ordinary.

The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner: reviewed {HERE}

The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer: Okay but not my favorite.

A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander: reviewed {HERE}

Coraline by Neil Gaiman: I wanted to like this book much more than I did. It was scary, and ultimately I felt like its attitudes were much more positive regarding families than some tried to claim. However, I felt that the depiction of the Other Mother took some cheap shots at religion that really dragged the book as a whole down.

The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner: reviewed {HERE}

Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett: My second Discworld book. I really liked this one, maybe even more than Mort. Death is rapidly becoming one of my favorite character, and Windle Poons was also great. Full of snark but unexpectedly heartwarming in a way satire is usually not, this was a lovely read.

Cut to the Quick by Kate Ross: When dandy Julian Kestrel accepts a near-stranger's invitation to be his best man, he has no idea that he's taking himself into a strained situation where nothing is as it seems. Murder follows and, in an effort to clear himself and his friends, Kestrel becomes a detective. First in a series. I really enjoyed it, although I wasn't entirely convinced by the 1820's setting. Sadly, Ross died very young, and only wrote four books.

Water by Peter Dickinson and Robin McKinley: reviewed {HERE}

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve: A highly-imaginative futuristic book, set in a world where cities can move about and essentially act as large predators, fueling themselves by eating other cities. Focuses on several young people who gradually find out the truth about the City of London and those who run it. I really enjoyed it and will be looking for the rest of the series. I was surprised by the amount of death in the book.

A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs by Ellis Peters: One of the George Felse mysteries. It took me forever to read it--I finally sat down last night and whipped through it because it was due today and it was my last chance. So, not my favorite. It wasn't set in Shropshire, which is always half the beauty of the Felse books, and somehow it never quite pulled me in.

Book sources: all books from my personal collection, my school library, or inter-library loan

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