trude: (milly-molly-mandy)
I just finished Robin Hobb's Assasin's Quest. It must be...nine years since I started the series. Sort of feel like reading the follow-up trilogy. Maybe in a year or so...

Spoilery impressions )

Much as I liked it, I'm starting to feel a bit fed up with different-world fantasies always having faux-medieval or faux-antiquity settings. Can't magic be incorporated in later time-periods? I've come across quite a few novels which are set in "19th century-England/modern day USA but with magic", but no wholly created worlds.

Speaking about 19th century England (ahem), I've also read Naomi Novik's Throne of Jade. I recently read that Neil Gaiman has described Stardust as the literary equivalent of ice-cream - no grand point or value in it, but you feel better while/after consuming it - and I feel that way about Novik's books, too. Sometimes I get frustrated because she makes cookie-dough ice-cream while I prefer strawberry, but that's hardly her fault.

Spoilery impressions again )

I bought Black Powder War, together with a huge pile of books to give away for Christmas. I wish my family would be content to only get books from me. (They mostly are, always.) Book-shopping is so funny - there is so much to chose from, and they're easy to wrap - shopping other stuff just makes me tired and cranky.

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