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October 18th, 2019

things I've read

The House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones (2008). A girl with no magic training ends up caring for her uncle's magical house, and proceeds to have a bunch of magical adventures. This is late DWJ, and slight. I know she's not known for deeply satisfying endings, but this book even more than the others of hers I've read felt like she got bored of all the conflicts and decided to wrap them all up in a hurry. The uncomplicated evil of the lubbockins also felt out of character for her - I tend to think of her as unwilling to simplify her characters that way.

The Bone Key by Sarah Monette. A collection of short stories about a gay, socially-anxious museum archivist in the 1930s who keeps rubbing up against the occult, mostly through no fault of his own. I LOVED this. I read it in a day, and then I went and hunted down the further stories published online since the collection came out. I love Kyle in all his awkward loneliness and earnest heroics (not that he'd ever them that himself), and I love the tenor of the horror in these stories, a delicious mix of evil and melancholy. One of my favorite reads this year.

(And now I want a crossover where The Magnus Archives takes place in the 30s, and Jonathan Sims meets Booth during Jon's quest for information about The Stranger. They can bond over weird occult happenings and how awful other people are and then they can bang.)

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