September 25th, 2019

Anya final stand, S7

media consumed

Eerie (2018). Filipino horror movie in which a school counselor tries to solve the mystery of a student's suicide decades ago, while being haunted (helped?) by the student's ghost. This had entirely too many jump scares for me, but if you're looking for a spooky ghost story, this might be a great choice for you! I really liked the counselor as a POV character who is motivated so strongly by kindness throughout the film - I feel like that's not a motivation I see in horror very often. Collapse )

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson (2019). Were magic books with personality original to Pratchett? I thought of him a lot in the early stages of this book, in which an orphaned girl who was raised by badass librarians teams up with a young magician and his demon familiar to save her 18th-century faux-European world from a senior sorcerer's plans for the demon apocalypse. As with Rogerson's last book, I found the much older side character the most interesting of the bunch - Silas the demon is fascinating, and so is his longtime bond with Nathaniel the magician and Elisabeth's developing acquaintance with him. I absolutely came out wanting OT3 fic for them.

I think on the whole this is a much stronger book than An Enchantment of Ravens - most importantly it's much better structurally, since it doesn't have Enchantment's interminable road trip in the middle of it. I was also somewhat more interested in the central romance this time.

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The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie (2019). I was so dubious about the book for at least the first three-quarters of it. Why was it in this bizarre hybrid first/second POV? Why did we keep pausing to relay literally ancient history? What were any of these writing choices?? And then all the threads came together and retroactively made the whole book worth it, and now I kind of want to read the whole thing again before I take it back to the library. Maybe if I do I'll write a more in-depth post. My first for-sure Hugo nom of the year. (In fairness, I haven't read much from this year yet.)

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