Feb. 16th, 2017

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#10: Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. 3. The movie turns out to have been peculiarly faithful to the book, except for the part where the movie has a vague plot whereas the book has completely none. Honestly, Julie Andrews lends a warmth and a sparkle that the book version rather lacks. Book Mary is a rather vain thing, among other things. But it's still entertaining.

#11: Whitechapel Gods by S.M. Stiring. 2. Inventive (if very dark) steampunk rather ruined by raging misogyny. Took the lessons of The Difference Engine rather too close to heart. There are three female characters. One's an irrational whore with no impulse control, full of fluttery, dangerous womanly weakness. Another's an evil madame. The third is a goddess...who's easily overpowered and secretly glories in being raped by a totally normal guy who takes some drugs that apparently elevates him to her level because really, uppity women just need to be smacked around a little and properly subjugated. Umm, no.

#12: Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson. 5. Utterly delightful urban fantasy based out of a fictional city in the Middle East. An immersive Muslim take on the tropes of a hacker discovering a hidden magical world. It's smart, it's fresh, it's thought-provoking, and it's just plain fun.

#13: Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold. I've read this before, but had mostly forgotten the key plot points. It's refreshing to have the hero of a fantasy novel be a late middle aged woman, whose child is grown and who's looking for something to do with the rest of her life. She's not particularly fond of the plan the gods have for her, though, and intends to fight her destiny all the way.

#14: Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger. 3.5. Sweet, short romance between a parlor maid and a steampunk butch inventor. Makes a lot more sense if you've read the Parasol Protectorate series, though; doesn't stand well on its own.

#15: Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger. 3.5. I rather adored the romance plot of this one. Love a good lady assassin. But the assassin plot...pretty much fizzles out. I don't know if she's planning to carry a metaplot through the others of this romance novella series, but the whole "protect the duke" thing basically got dropped.


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