Long Etiquette Folie; Stone's Station N0S4A2 Sisters; Highest Spinster Warriors
A charming romp. Not as rich as Carriger's other series, but a lot zippier. Want more now. Will have to wait for November.
The Long Fall, by Walter Mosley (ARC)
Like any good noir, this one depends on the appeal of its protagonist, and I found Leonid McGill deeply appealing. The story got a bit surreal in spots, but I didn't mind.
The Sisters, by Mary S. Lovell
Dishy, detailed biography of the Mitford sisters (and also to a lesser extent their parents, brother, and various other relations). The author takes sides and plays favorites based on weak evidence, which *ought* to have made the book less fun but actually heightened my enjoyment of it - because I got to argue with all her bad claims :D.
Danse de la Folie, by Sherwood Smith (nook)
Lovely, light, Regency romance. Intricate as lace, straightforward as a runaway coach, and often quite funny.
Station Life in New Zealand, by Lady Barker (nook, public domain)
<3 Lady Barker. She discusses miserable near-death snowstorms and niceties of colonial etiquette in the same wry, interested, confiding tone. I've already downloaded the sequel, Station Amusements.
Stone's Fall, by Iain Pears (ARC)
Long and thoughtful and involved. Really good if you (like me) enjoyed Fingerpost, also if you like books set in Victorian/Edwardian England, intrigue, and a splash of the Gothic.
N0S4A2, by Joe Hill (ARC)
The fun kind of horror where everything works out in the end but not so perfectly that it feels unearned. Also Joe Hill's style is compulsively readable. I tore through this.
The Highest Frontier, by Joan Slonczewski
You know, I've enjoyed Slonczewski's work for a long time, but not until this book - set mostly in a spacehab small liberal arts college - did I realize that she teaches at Kenyon (a small liberal arts college). As I work at a small liberal arts college myself, I delighted in all the in-jokes and skewerings contained herein. Not sure you would like it if you don't have a SLAC background - I think Brain Plague is better, if you're figuring out where to start with her? But I had a good time.
Once Were Warriors: The Aftermath: The Controversy of OWW in Aotearoa New Zealand, by Emil Martens
Ah, super-academic analyses of popular culture, you will be my own peculiar form of popcorn reading until I die. This had some pretty interesting information floating in the sea of jargon.
Spinster, by Sylvia Ashton-Warner
Stream of consciousness, self-contradicting, sometimes offensive (the past is another country), and utterly marvelous, this is a first-person novel about teaching in the New Zealand countryside in the 40s, populated by strange and compelling characters. A bit like Virginia Woolf crossed with Maria Montessori crossed with Margaret Laurence? But mostly its own thing.