I think the 1920s trilogy that starts with Slippery Creatures is my favorite KJC. But that could be just that it's the most recent one I've read. I love the time period and the fact that it's one of KJC's m/m stories that have real, vibrant female characters in them, too.
Literary Buffistas 3: Don't Parse the Blurb, Dear.
There's more to life than watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer! No. Really, there is! Honestly! Here's a place for Buffistas to come and discuss what it is they're reading, their favorite authors and poets. "Geez. Crack a book sometime."
On the recs here I'm reading Slippery Creatures right now and loving it very much. So thank you!!
I saw that CS Pascat has a new series in print. Anybody read it, or know anything about it?
From a conversation with Ken re: Ilona Andrews' "Sweep of the Blade", from The Innkeeper Chronicles:
[S]ometimes you just want to live in a world where you can win the respect and affection of your potential vampiric MIL with trade negotiations, a properly bloody melee and an adorable half-vampire five-year-old.
Bev, I saw that but haven’t read it. It’s YA—might be interested.
Cat Sebastian just released two short stories as ebooks (The Cabots). I like her post WWII settings. Solid romance.
The Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking is next on my reading list.
oh, that's a fun one! with some interludes of scary, but generally fun
I’m reading The Hollow Place by T Kingfisher, which is very different from other books I’ve read by her, but so far I like it.
I read The Twisted Ones (which I think is connected to The Hollow Place) and it scared me enough that I wouldn't read it at night. So I'm giving the other a pass. But enjoy!
So far I haven't found it particularly scary.
Yeah, The Hollow Place was very different. I know I liked it, I think the world-building (if that's the right word, core concepts maybe?) was interesting. I don't have any familiarity with the works she's riffing on for Hollow Place and Twisted Ones but I did what she does with them.
I finally read the first Sholomance book while traveling this week! I enjoyed it, although it's one book that might be better in hard copy than on Kindle, because my Paperwhite doesn't show the illustrations very well. I should probably google up a schematic of the school.
I do have a question, though: I must have missed the bit where Novik explains why children are so at risk: are the maleficaria just more attracted to kids, or are they just less able to defend themselves? And how is the mundane world not aware of any of this?