The Sunday Salon: Giving (Bookish) Thanks

For us Americans, this past Thursday was Thanksgiving. I finally was able to convince my mother to let me “help” (i.e., take over) with Thanksgiving dinner, and we had a fantastic time brainstorming a menu and executing it. And it was so nice to spend a few days at home, tending to things, like trying new recipes, interviewing librarians for grad school, and finally return my friend Natalya’s The Mighty Boosh DVDs. It’s a nice bit of decompression before the final push, so I’d thought I’d extend the holiday a bit and share what I’m (bookishly) thankful for.
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Review: In the Hand of the Goddess

In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce

It’s always a bit weird, trying to read children’s series that are fiercely beloved by people you know. Even the sharpest critic grows soft when it comes to a story that changed their lives, and I totally get that—God knows I get testy when people talk smack about The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. (Despite supposedly being a kid who likes books, wee Clare did not read much.) But even though I can’t get into the groove these people have enjoyed with these stories, I can get into a groove of my own with it. A campy, cackling groove. (Oh, how appropriate for Halloween!)

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Review: Alanna — The First Adventure

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

Ah, Tamora Pierce. My friend Kaitlin from high school adores Tamora Pierce. One of the first years we went to Dragon*Con, we immediately split in the Hall of Fame—she to Pierce, I to Sean Astin. For some reason, she and Mercedes Lackey are connected in my head—something about impressively named women writing about girls whose books sold well at the Scholastic Book Fair every year in middle school. (I loved book fairs. Man. We should start doing those for adults.) But I never read either as a kid, so I knew that I would have to approach The Song of the Lioness as an adult, and that hasn’t worked out well for me in the past…

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Review: Firebirds Rising

Firebirds Rising edited by Sharyn November

My attraction to these Firebird anthologies is a little odd to me. I ultimately find them to be just okay, but I still want to read all of them. Is the beautiful cover art courtesy of Cliff Nielsen? Is it the fact that November is putting a lot of effort into making Firebird an imprint with personality, rather than just another speculative fiction or teen imprint? Is it the fact that I feel bad I don’t read more short story collections? We may never know, although I will say that the fact it was Halloween got me to pick this up at the time I did.

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