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Another terrific book by one of the best writers of queer romance
“Slippery Creatures” is a captivating spy/detective adventure in the style of Golden Age pulp fiction, and it’s perfect.
After inheriting his uncles bookshop, Will Darling finds himself caught up in a fight between a government agency and an evil secret society. Luckily, he gets help from a member of High Society, Kim Secretan - but as the two men get closer, Will realizes there’s more to Kim than meets the eye.
Highly entertaining from start to finish, both the romance and the mystery plot are utterly convincing. I loved this from start to finish and cannot wait for part two.
Fantasy that feels genuinely refreshing
This was the kind of book that I had to force myself to portion out because I did not want it to end. The book‘s concept is deceptively simple and entirely convincing- sometimes, cities‘ souls manifest in actual people, but not every entity in the multiverse is okay with that. The way Jemisin develops her initial idea is so enjoyable- both in terms of plot and in how intellectually satisfying it is. Add to that an amazing cast of characters and you have a book that is pretty much perfect. Literally the only thing I didn’t like about it was that it ended. And since it’s the first part of a trilogy, even that is acceptable.
“Lot” is set in Houston, and it centers around a boy, half black and half Latino, growing up there, and the people surrounding them. It’s a collection of short stories connected by a framing narrative - something in-between a novel and short stories. It’s also stunningly good. It’s reminiscent of Ocean Vuong’s “On Earth, we’re briefly gorgeous” in that it captures the reality of life and death in all its painful details but there is still space for something good.
The writing is excellent - every word is right where it needs to be and surrounded by the space it needs. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
In the conclusion of her trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, Hilary Mantel once again does the impossible - both "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies" are incredibly good books, but the final volume truly tops them. Not just in length - it manages to connect to the previous volumes while expanding on them, and the continuation of the plot as everything slowly unravels is gripping and extremely well-crafted. Please excuse the use of so many superlatives, but this is truly one of the best things I've ever read - and I mean both this book and the trilogy as a whole. It's a historical novel, yes, and one that does an extraordinary job of recreating that world and that time - but it's also a book about what it means to be a human being, about the way we construct our selves out of memory. It's one of those books that make me grateful for being a reader. I honestly cannot recommend this book, and this series highly enough.
So much fun.
Elton John’s autobiography is immensely entertaining and well worth reading even if you’re not a fan. It is likely to be one of the last books of its kind - about a certain kind of music scene and the kind of artists that defined an era, and it captures the atmosphere of that time incredibly well. It also helps that Elton John doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously, something that’s always appreciated when it comes to memoirs.
Non-fiction that reads like a thriller.
In “Catch and Kill”, Ronan Farrow describes his research and reporting on Harvey Weinstein as well as the systems in place to enable and protect Weinstein and abusers like him.
Ronan Farrow is a gifted writer and storyteller - something I appreciated even more when I read it a second time. The book’s subject matter is difficult to stomach at times, but he knows when to give the reader breathing room. He’s also very good at giving details without it being too graphic or gratuitous, and at showing that and why he cares without sounding self-aggrandizing.
It’s a fantastic book about an important topic.