Review: The Falconer

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

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Whatever I read after The Devil Finds Work was going to be, at the very least, a step down in enthusiasm. That stunning work of criticism is a remarkably tough act to follow, unless the follow-up is perfect, sublime trash. The Falconer, a young adult novel I picked up completely on a whim a few months ago while trying to pretend my interest in Scotland was not due to the Dreamboys and their famous alums (shut up!), is neither. In fact, it is the opposite of both stunning and sublime trash: it is forgettable. And that is always the worst thing a novel can be.

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Giveaway: Chronicle Books Happy Haul-idays!

Anastasia alerted me to this utterly amazing contest, and I’m quite grateful for it. Why is this contest so amazing, you might ask? Well, let’s let Chronicle Books explain:

Post a list of Chronicle Books valued at up to $500 that you’d like to haul in, and you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing to WIN your list of books! And, one of your readers who comments on the post will win the list too!

That’s a thousand dollars worth of books in all–it’s definitely worth a shot, right? The only downside, of course, is that Chronicle Books sells Moleskines and other fabulous notebooks, but this contest is solely for books. (Moleskines are expensive but so lovely…) So I’ve been deliberating over what I’d like to haul in yesterday and this morning, and I’ve finally made a decision. Hopefully, you’ll want some of the stuff on my list!

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