Currently Reading: Range of Ghosts


I stumbled across Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear at my library when somebody returned it; we don’t have a huge fantasy collection, and most of what we do have is in the young adult section, so I was excited to find it. I’ve been wanting to read another EB book since reading Dust back in 2011. 

Range of Ghosts is the first of a historical fantasy trilogy set in ancient China/Mongolia, starring a soldier and a wizard. The parts with the wizard are my favorite; she’s an widowed ex-princess just coming into her power as a person and a magic-user, and she’s gotta deal with her family and political things and also learning magic. It’s great! The soldier is on his own journey, trying to rescue his girlfriend who was kidnapped by ghosts (for real). No doubt their stories will intertwine soon and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what happens.

Scribd has a lot of great books available, including The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin by Colette Moody, a historical romance with female pirates! I am barely into the beginning– I don’t think I’m even out of the prologue yet– but I love historical fiction and seafaring adventures and also pirates, so I’m really looking forward to continue onward in the story.

Scribd has added audiobooks! Woohoo! I think I’m going to try We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. It’s short, at only something like 5 hours, plus everyone seems to love it and I wanna get in on that.

What are you reading this week?

REVIEW: Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town That Talks to the Dead by Christine Wicker

REVIEW: Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town That Talks to the Dead by Christine WickerLily Dale by Christine Wicker
Published by HarperOne (2004), eBook, 288pg
Filed under: History, Memoir, Non-Fiction
Got my copy from: Scribd
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In Lily Dale, New York, the dead don't die. Instead, they flit among the elms and stroll along the streets. According to Spiritualists who have ruled this community for five generations, the spirits never go away -- and they stay anything but quiet. Every summer twenty-thousand guests come to consult the town's mediums in hopes of communicating with their dead relatives or catching a glimpse of the future. Weaving past and present, the living and the dead, award-winning journalist and bestselling author Christine Wicker investigates a religion that attracted millions of Americans since the 1800s. She reveals the longings for love and connection that draw the people to

This is my second Christine Wicker book; the first one was Not in Kansas Anymore, which I remember liking except for how she kept sticking her own memoir into it. I wanted it to be a straight-forward account of the history of magic in America, not some random person’s quest to meet magical people and see if they’re real or not.1

Lily Dale is exactly the same thing Not in Kansas Anymore is: some random person’s account of life in Lily Dale, with some history and theories and interviews and whatever. Except this time it totally worked. I liked the mix of personal and professional! I liked how she questioned things and tried to work stuff out for herself. It was all so fascinating. And then…

REVIEW: Clariel by Garth Nix

REVIEW: Clariel by Garth NixClariel (Abhorsen #4) by Garth Nix
Also in this series: Sabriel, Lirael
Published by Harper Collins (2014), Hardcover, 400pg
Filed under: Fantasy, Fiction, GLBTQ
Got my copy from: Library
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Clariel is the daughter of one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most important, to the King. She dreams of living a simple life but discovers this is hard to achieve when a dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan. When Clariel is drawn into the efforts to find and capture the creature, she finds hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great dangers. Can she rise above the temptation of power, escape the unwanted marriage, and save the King?

First off, if you’re like me and expecting dragons from the get-go and was VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT– sorry, but it doesn’t show up until way at the end and it’s not even a real dragon, so.

Secondly, forget the thing with the dragon because Clariel is AMAZING and WONDERFUL and it was totally worth obsessing over for a year or so prior to publishing. No regrets!

I love the Abhorsen series. A LOT. And so I was super excited to find out that Garth Nix was writing another book set in that world. Tbh, the only thing I’d be excited about MORE is if Diana Wynne Jones came back from the dead and said she was writing another Chrestomanci book. I spent a lot of time thinking about Clariel and waiting for it to come out, and it did not disappoint me. And then…