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Cover of Any Old Diamonds


Lord Alexander Pyne-ffoulkes is the younger son of the Duke of Ilvar, with a bitter grudge against his wealthy father. The Duke intends to give his Duchess a priceless diamond parure on their wedding anniversary—so Alec hires a pair of jewel thieves to steal it.

The Duke's remote castle is a difficult target, and Alec needs a way to get the thieves in. Soldier-turned-criminal Jerry Crozier has the answer: he'll pose as a Society gentleman and become Alec's new best friend.

But Jerry is a dangerous man: controlling, remote, and devastating. He effortlessly teases out the lonely young nobleman’s most secret desires, and soon he’s got Alec in his bed—and the palm of his hand.

Or maybe not. Because as the plot thickens, betrayals, secrets, new loves, and old evils come to light. Now the jewel thief and the aristocrat must keep up the pretence, find their way through a maze of privilege and deceit, and confront the truth of what's between them...all without getting caught.


Alec Pyne is the cast-off son of a duke, who hires a pair of jewel thieves to rob his father in revenge. Cue constant threats of betrayal, unexpected feelings, and HEISTS. Oh, and as you may have noticed when I squeaked about this before, I really liked it. It has possibly knocked Spectred Isle off its spot as my favourite KJ Charles book, which em>seriously takes some doing.

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Cover of Death By Silver


His practice newly established, metaphysician Ned Mathey can’t afford to turn away any clients. But the latest Londoner to seek Ned’s magical aid gives him pause: Mr Edgar Nevett, an arrogant banker, is the father of the bully who made Ned’s life hell at boarding school. Nevertheless, Ned accepts the commission to ensure the Nevett family silver bears no ancient or modern curses, and then prepares to banish the Nevett family to unpleasant memory again. Until Edgar Nevett is killed by an enchanted silver candlestick—one of the pieces Ned declared magically harmless.

Calling on his old school friend Julian Lynes—private detective and another victim of the younger Nevett—Ned races to solve the murder, clear the stain on his professional reputation, and lay to rest the ghosts of his past.

Assisted by Ned’s able secretary Miss Frost, who has unexpected metaphysical skills of her own, Ned and Julian explore London’s criminal underworld and sodomitical demimonde, uncover secrets and scandals, confront the unexpected murderer and the mysteries of their own relationship.


So let me lay out the plot for Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold's Death By Silver: Ned Mathey, a metaphysician (… he’s a consulting magician), was hired to check his former school bully’s family silverware was free of curses, which makes it a little awkward when the person who hired him is murdered with a cursed silver candlestick after he declares everything safe. Fortunately, his best friend (with benefits), Julian Lyne, happens to be a consulting detective and willing to investigate, even if he hates the victim’s family as much as anyone.

In news shocking to everyone: I devoured it.

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[Caution warnings: physical and sexual abuse in backstory, bullying]
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  1. 2018 round-up [Jump]

  2. Carnacki the Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson [Jump]

  3. In/Spectre Volumes 1-6 by Kyo Shirodaira and Chashiba Katase [Jump]

  4. The City Never Sleeps by Andi Watson [Jump]

  5. Sweet Blue Flowers Omnibus 1 and 2 by Takako Shimura [Jump]

  6. Rock Steady by Ellen Forney [Jump]

  7. My Solo Exchange Diary Volume 2 by Nagata Kabi [Jump]

  8. Contract of Cherry Blossom Guilt by Fuyuki Furo [Jump]


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Reading Goals


Reading goal: 27/200 (27 new this post) Prose: 2/100 Nonfiction: 2/12
#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 16/100 (16 read this post)
#unofficialqueerafbookclub: 15/75 (14 new this post; A City Inside, No. 6 Volumes 1-9, The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House, Sweet Blue Flowers Volumes 1 and 2, My Solo Exchange Diary Volume 2, Contract of Cherry Blossom Guilt)

And a picture of my current book blanket progress can be found here!
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Hello my darlings! We made it through 2018, and I'm proud of everyone who tried to meet their goals despite 2018 being four hundred years long and actively trying to stop us!

Today, belatedly, as is apparently the tradition, I'm going to be talking about how I did in my goals for last year, and what my reading goals are for next year!

Goals for 2018! )

Goals for 2019! )

And, to bring this back to books: here are some books that I'm excited to read in 2019! )

So that’s what I’m aiming for and that’s what I’m excited about. How about everyone else?
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Cover of In the Vanishers' Palace


In a ruined, devastated world, where the earth is poisoned and beings of nightmares roam the land...

A woman, betrayed, terrified, sold into indenture to pay her village's debts and struggling to survive in a spirit world.

A dragon, among the last of her kind, cold and aloof but desperately trying to make a difference.

When failed scholar Yên is sold to Vu Côn, one of the last dragons walking the earth, she expects to be tortured or killed for Vu Côn's amusement.

But Vu Côn, it turns out, has a use for Yên: she needs a scholar to tutor her two unruly children. She takes Yên back to her home, a vast, vertiginous palace-prison where every door can lead to death. Vu Côn seems stern and unbending, but as the days pass Yên comes to see her kinder and caring side. She finds herself dangerously attracted to the dragon who is her master and jailer. In the end, Yên will have to decide where her own happiness lies—and whether it will survive the revelation of Vu Côn’s dark, unspeakable secrets...


In The Vanisher's Palace is Aliette de Bodard's post-apocalyptic post-colonisation fantasy take on Beauty and the Beast, and it's really cool. Yên is a rural scholar, who gets traded to a dragon in her mother's place to pay off her village's debts; Vu Côn is a dragon attempting to fix a world that was ravaged then abandoned by the Vanishers. Together they... Well, attempt to raise Vu Côn's teenage children right while also reckoning with the after-effects this world has on them all?

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Well, we made it! I have FINALLY – F I N A L L Y – finished reviewing the books I read in 2018! Yay! I read some good things, I read some schlock, I apparently read huge quantities of stuff, which I wasn't expecting, but... 2018! Not a bad year for books! Next week should be my belated goals post (where has this year gone?!), and then after that normal service will resume with reviews of what I've been reading in 2019!


  1. The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang [Jump]

  2. DC Comics Bombshells Volumes 1-3 by Marguerite Bennett, Marguerite Sauvage, Laura Braga, Mirka Andolfo, Sandy Jarrell, and Maria Laura Sanapo [Jump]

  3. Black Bolt Volume 1: Hard Time by Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward [Jump]

  4. Provenance by Ann Leckie [Jump]

  5. Death By Silver by Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold [Jump]

  6. The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard [Jump]

  7. In the Vanisher's Palace by Aliette de Bodard [Jump]

  8. A Gentleman Never Keeps Score by Cat Sebastian [Jump]

  9. Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis [Jump]


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Reading Goals


Reading goal: 228/180 (11 new this post) Prose: 118/90 (7 new this post, 60/111 short fiction) Nonfiction: 7/12 (0 new this post)
#getouttamydamnhouse: 25/50 (1 gone this post)
#unofficialqueerafbookclub: 71/50 (8 new this post; The Black Tides of Heaven, DC Comics Bombshells, Provenance, Death by Silver, In the Vanisher's Palace, A Gentleman Never Keeps Score)
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I think this is the first time that I've ever noticed how odd my reading tastes look when I lay them out properly. Feminist criticism from the 80s next to gory horror manga next to historical romance next to dystopian scifi next to... We contain multitudes is what I'm saying, I think.


  1. The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle The Master's House by Audre Lorde [Jump]

  2. Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Volumes 1-14 by Eiji Otsuka and Housui Yamazaki [Jump]

  3. An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole [Jump]

  4. No. 6 Volumes 1-9 by Atsuko Asano and Hinoki Kino [Jump]

  5. All Systems Red by Martha Wells [Jump]

  6. Whole Latte Love by Pike Martell [Jump]

  7. Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time by K. M. Szpara [Jump]

  8. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang [Jump]

  9. Monstress Volume 3 by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takada [Jump]


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Reading Goals


Reading goal: 217/180 (30 new this post – wtffffffffff) Prose: 111/90 (5 new this post, 60/111 short fiction) Nonfiction: 7/12 (1 new this post)
#getouttamydamnhouse: 25/50 (0 gone this post)
#unofficialqueerafbookclub: 71/50 (14 new this post; The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle The Master's House, No. 6, Whole Latte Love, Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time, The Prince and the Dressmaker, Monstress Volume 3)
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  1. Wotakoi Omnibus 1 by Fujita [Jump]

  2. Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun Volume 1 by Izumi Tsubaki, translated by Leighann Harvey [Jump]

  3. A Series of Steaks by Vina Jie-Min Prasad [Jump]

  4. Fate/Zero Volume 1 by Shinjiro [Jump]

  5. A Lily Among Thorns by Rose Lerner [Jump]

  6. The Henchmen of Zenda by KJ Charles [Jump]

  7. The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin [Jump]

  8. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire [Jump]

  9. The Hexworld Series 0.5-3 (The 13th Hex, Hexbreaker, Hexmaker, A Christmas Hex, Hexslayer) by Jordan L. Hawk [Jump]


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Reading Goals


Reading goal: 187/180 (13 new this post) Prose: 106/90 (10 new this post, 60/106 short fiction) Nonfiction: 6/12 (0 new this post)
#getouttamydamnhouse: 25/50 (1 gone this post)
#unofficialqueerafbookclub: 71/50 (7 new this post; The Henchman of Zenda, Down Among the Stick and Bones, The Hexworld series. Although I THINK A Series of Steaks, A Lily Among Thorns, and The Stone Sky might count as well?)

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