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The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge. A girl and her family go to live on a desolate island off of England, and the girl determines to salvage her father's unfairly tainted scientific reputation. This didn't hit my iddy spots quite as hard or delight me quite as much as Cuckoo Song, but it was still very good. I love how complicated Hardinge's relationships are and how no one is ever as good or as bad as they seem - which is very much one of the themes in this book.

The Cloud Roads, by Martha Wells. In a land of many and varied humanoid species, a winged loner stumbles across the first one of his kind that he's met since he was a child and gets embroiled in winged politics. Someone told me this author wrote fic before she went pro and I was like "YUP, MAKES SENSE," because she knows to punch the id buttons like a fic writer. But also politics! Fighting! Romance (that made me cry on an airplane)! This is the first of a series, and I look forward to reading more.

The Winter People, by Jennifer McMahon. A story about several women a century apart and their experiences in a possibly-haunted old farmhouse in Vermont. I loved so much about this - the varied female cast, the setting, the careful peeling back of layers as we discover what happened. I wanted something spooky with a legit supernatural element, and this totally delivers.

HOWEVER. It turns out that about 75% of the plot hinges on the one Native character in the book vengefully murdering children for their father's crimes. This is a generic Native women with no mentioned tribe who lives in a cabin selling healing herbs and love potions. No other other Native person is ever named or seen on screen. Nope, just this one woman who goes berserk and murders innocent people she previously professed to love.

It completely spoiled the book for me, when otherwise I would have been reccing it to high heavens. :(

Dreamships, by Melissa Scott. 90s SF about AI and spaceships and stuff. I got recced this one for canon gay, but honestly I got 50 pages in and gave up because I found it such a slog. Too much tell instead of show in the narrative, and so much very dull worldbuilding exposition. It was like it was trying to be cyberpunk but didn't have the chops.

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inkvoices
Sep. 9th, 2016 07:41 pm (UTC)
I felt The Lie Tree was a very complete kind of book, everything in its place and timed right. But I liked the creativity and ladies all over the show in Cuckoo Song and my favourite is still A Face Like Glass for the joy in language. (Yay, Frances Hardinge!)

The Cloud Roads sounds interesting...
snickfic
Sep. 11th, 2016 05:57 am (UTC)
I do think The Lie Tree was very good; I just didn't connect with it quite as much. And I haven't gotten to A Face Like Glass yet! My plan is to read All the Hardinge eventually, but so far I've just read the two.

The Cloud Roads is super iddy, but not in a trashy romance novel kind of way, if that makes sense. Or a Laurell K. Hamilton way. Anyway, I recommend it. :)
inkvoices
Sep. 11th, 2016 05:48 pm (UTC)
I leant it to a friend who felt the same - she said she just didn't like any of the characters. I've read those three plus Verdigris Deep and I have Gullstruck Island in the to-read pile.

Adding to the reading list :)
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