Review: Luck in the Shadows

Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling

Luck in the Shadows is a book that has been avoiding me—there was one copy at a local used bookstore that was quickly snatched up by a gentleman I know, and, while my local library has it, I’m at school right now and don’t wish to hold a book hostage from my very sweet librarians. In comes T. J. to the rescue, who, no longer needing her used copy, was sweet enough to sent it over to me.

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The Sunday Salon: Typography for Lawyers

On Thursday and Friday of this past week, I, in whatever spare time I could grab, was fervently editing old and new posts to replace “…” with “…” and “-” with “–”. What on earth motivated me to do such a thing?  Why, Typography for Lawyers! Despite the name, Typography for Lawyers isn’t just for lawyers. Matthew Butterick, a typographer-turned-lawyer, is sick and tired of looking at ugly law documents, where some lawyers believe putting things in ALL CAPS will draw a reader’s attention instead of repel it. To combat this, Butterick created Typography for Lawyers, a slick little website that offers a typography primer and refresher.

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Teaser Tuesday: Luck in the Shadows

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“I mean, hunting and trapping, it’s all the life I’ve known.”
“All the more reason to give it up, then!” Seregil declared, his grey eyes alight with enthusiasm.

pg. 36 of Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your 2 ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

The Sunday Salon: Dragon*Con 2010 – “The Art of The Way of Kings”

Dragon*Con is, like all good things in life, fulfilling, fun, and exhausting. While I could go on and on about several awesome things that happened last weekend, such as the magnificent “Images of Love” panel which greatly helped my Twilight paper or Sean Astin being one of the nicest celebrities I’ve ever met, I thought, as this is my bookish outlet and not my fannish outlet, I would focus on the panel entitled “The Art of The Way of Kings” with Brandon Sanderson, Ben McSweeney, and Isaac Stewart. While it was the only panel that dealt with The Way of Kings (Sanderson spent most of his time on The Wheel of Time track), it looked mainly at the art from the book and its evolution, especially in how it works with the narrative.

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The Sunday Salon: Moving Day

Today, I am moving back to college. Naturally, I’ve been concerned about packing my school things (do my folders match?) to packing my clothes (how exactly does one say military chic while despairing of the heat?), but I’ve also been concerned about my books. This year, I’m taking a course on Jane Austen, and I now own her entire canon, which feels odd, to say the least. I’m also taking a class on Shakespeare and race, which demands several volumes. And let’s not even talk about my textbook for my pre-1700s English literature course. It’s practically a weapon.

But my main concern is, which books should I take for personal reading?

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The Literary Horizon: Luck in the Shadows, Fingersmith

Recently, I’ve come across two books that have gay romances at their heart, but those romances aren’t the sole purpose of those books. Somehow, I’ve never read queer historical fiction or any fantasy with queer characters as explicitly defined in the text (although it was blindingly obvious to me, at least, that Dumbledore had a thing for Grindelwald). This is something I absolutely have to correct. So let’s take a look at the thieves at the heart of both of these books.

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