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text 2018-03-24 21:22
Reading progress update: I've read 394 out of 638 pages.
I Am a Cat - Graeme Wilson,Aiko Ito,Sōseki Natsume

Japanese schoolboys from the turn of the 20th Century are not much different from British schoolboys from 100 years later...


...also baseball arrived in Japan much earlier than I would have guessed!

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text 2018-03-24 18:53
Reading progress update: I've read 62 out of 472 pages.
The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School - John Henry Newman

oh good, it's funny! I didn't realize how desperate I was for something humorous until I started Chapter 1 of this and started chuckling to myself fairly regularly. added to that, all the girls are cool except for the bullies, of course. I don't like the fact that one of the meanies has some form of telepathy, but over on the friendly side, we have one student with magical sleight-of-hand abilities, and our main character, Amy, can do her floating thing (though she needs to work on it). my favorite girl at this point is Kali; she's a pip and a half!


so far this book seems a good bet for the Harry Potter or Miss Peregrine crowd, with just a smidgen of School for Scumbags, by Danny King, thrown in. no matter what it reminds me of, this is the sort of craziness and charm I needed right now.

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review 2018-03-24 18:02
All Good Things by Emma Newman
All Good Things: The Split Worlds - Book Five - Emma Newman

Series: The Split Worlds #5


*Mild spoilers but nothing that isn't hinted at earlier in the series*


This was the last installment in the Split Worlds series and it was great! The Split Worlds is an urban fantasy series that features Cathy, a woman who grew up in the Nether (a kind of pocket dimension that divides our world, Mundanus, from the world of the Fae) under the patronage of the Fae. She wasn't keen on spending the rest of her days under the yoke of this ultra-conservative society (people don't age in the Nether, so the people in charge were born hundreds of years ago), so she arranges to go to university and then runs away.


The series starts off with her being dragged backed to her family kicking and screaming to be married off, and as the series progresses she tries to find avenues to be a force for change from within. This book starts off with her having run away from her husband and her learning more about sorcery (note: the sorcerers in this universe are pretty awesome but are also major dickwads) and then she finds herself in a position with the possibility of burning the whole thing down. Should she help merge the Fae reality with the mundane world and would this essentially mean condemning the people who have lived in the Nether with the expectation of living more or less indefinitely to death by eventual old age?


Well, read to find out. I definitely recommend this series. I shall have to pick up the last three books in audio so that I can enjoy them again on a reread.


I just keep picturing the final world having the possibilities of that episode of Doctor Who where time got broken.

(spoiler show)


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text 2018-03-24 13:46
Reading progress update: I've read 64%.
Sourcery - Terry Pratchett



There's a magic war going on, and Death, War, Pestilence, and Famine stopped off at a tavern on their way.


The horses of War, Pestilence, and Famine were stolen.

They want to hitch a ride with Death and he told them no.


"It's going to look pretty good, then, isn't it," said War testily, "the One Horseman and the Three Pedestrians of the Apocralypse."


The Three Pedestrians



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text 2018-03-24 13:15
Sourcery - Terry Pratchett


An aspiring poet calls her:


"...peach-buttocked jewel of the desert dawn."


And this pops into my head:


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