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20. Shades of Milk and Honey, Mary Robinette Kowal


Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] mordicai! Fantastic recommendation. This is YA set in an alternative Regency setting where, without being precious about it, people can manipulate glamour to produce fantastic optical and sound illusions. There is love and conflict and oh, I don't want to say too much because I liked it and I want you to go read it unspoiled. I'll just quote the Powells.com review, which aptly notes, "Like wandering onto a secret picnic attended by Pride and Prejudice and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell." It's awesome even if you're not a big Austen fan (I'm certainly not), and you should check out the author's super awesome period-appropriate spellcheck wizardry which makes the text itself a delight. First in a series! Highly recommended.

Date: 2013-06-05 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mordicai.livejournal.com
Woooooooooooooooo! Yeah, these are great, I thought they'd click with you!

Date: 2013-06-05 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] handstil.livejournal.com
Oooh, definitely picking this up asap!!

Date: 2013-06-05 11:05 pm (UTC)
ext_39437: Brown rabbit (maryjanes)
From: [identity profile] triesticity.livejournal.com
Oops, re-posting this as a new comment not a reply :P

But anyhow: oh, for a while I kept seeing Glamour in Glass on the "New Books" shelf at the library and being intrigued, but never intrigued enough to decide to actually read this series. I just learned via looking this up on Goodreads (ha) that my boyfriend read this one and was underwhelmed, but then again, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is his favorite book, so I think anything similar might just suffer by comparison. Whereas I liked Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell a whole lot but only read it once, and my memories of it are pretty dim at this point. So yeah, I might check this out!

And oh, wow, that is some super awesome spellcheck wizardry - so great!

Date: 2013-06-05 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aslant.livejournal.com
I am a HUGE Norrell/Strange fan and reread it often...this book does best not in comparison to an adult novel I think, but I know you know YA :)

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