*looks up at that sentence* Wow, that was long. Anyway, back to the topic at hand: I was looking forward to it, as I said. However, for the last three days I have been battling some sort of coldy-fluey* thing and basically, my brain is fudge. So those thoughtful, intelligent blog posts that exist solely in my ambitions at the moment will have to wait.
In the meantime, I give you... book reviews!
Alex and the Ironic Gentleman by Adrienne Kress (fantasy/adventure, contemporary, MG): I loved this LIKE CHOCOLATE FUDGE PIE WITH WHIPPED CREAM AND CHOCOLATE SAUCE DRIZZLED OVER THE TOP. Well, maybe not that much. But I did adore it. I love a good kitchen-sink book** and this one fit the bill nicely.
Graceling by Kristen Cashore (fantasy/romance, secondary world, YA): Once I got over some initial suspension of disbelief issues related to worldbuilding, and once I had assured myself that the MC was not in fact going to be a Mary Sue (it was touch and go there for a few chapters), I quite enjoyed it. Certainly the UST is the smoulderingest*** I've read in a long time, though I was surprised that it was resolved so early in the book.
The Name of the Wind (fantasy, secondary world, adult) by Patrick Rothfuss: Definitely worth the fuss people are making of it. Lovely writing, a compelling and sympathetic protagonist, a world that feels like it really has been around for thousands and thousands of years (a trick not nearly as easy to pull off as you might think), and a clever framing device that allows the author to make good use of both third and first person without confusing the reader. I liked the clarity of this: I had no difficulty keeping track of the characters or following the basic plot, which is more than I can say for some other recent fantasy doorstops I've read. Next book, please?
There you are, some actual content for a change. Nothing earthshattering, but it's a start.
* It's like timey-wimey, only not nearly as much fun.
** Note to self: When brain is working again, do a post on what you mean by "kitchen-sink books", with examples and explanation of why you love them so very much. Surely you cannot be alone in this.
*** Yes, I know this is not a word, but it should be.