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Woman Crush Wednesday: Sara Howard (The Alienist)

Sara Howard is loosely based on Isabella Goodwin, who was the first female police detective in New York City. Similarly, Sara Howard works as a secretary for the police commissioner of New York City, Theodore Roosevelt (yes, that Theodore Roosevelt!) but she has ambitions of rising above her station and her gender. Her intelligence and competence are readily apparent as soon as she becomes embroiled in the race to catch a serial killer, working alongside German-American psychologist Laszlo Kreizler, society illustrator John Moore, and Jewish-American twins and detective sergeants Marcus and Lucius Isaacson.

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Wrap-Up: June 2020

  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (★★★★★)
  • A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (★★★★☆)
  • The Mermaid & Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (★★★★☆)
  • Devolution by Max Brooks (★★★★☆)
  • Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York by Sari Botton (★★★★☆)
  • Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan (★★★★☆)
  • Middlegame by Seanan McGuire (★★★☆☆)
  • Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark (★★★★☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 8
YEARLY SO FAR: 62

I’ve had a pretty good reading month. Not a single two-star read and mostly four-stars, and also a new favorite with Mexican Gothic, which I seriously hope everyone reads because it is absolutely amazing. Silvia Moreno-Garcia is one of my favorite authors and she’s written one of my favorite books of all time, so I’m so delighted to see her finally getting some well-deserved recognition! I also read two more Hugo nominee books, which means I just have two left, so I think I’m on track! Continue reading “Wrap-Up: June 2020”

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Book Review: Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

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Seanan McGuire

Tor.com, 2019
★★★☆☆

This was definitely very good, no doubt about it, but I think I liked the idea of it far more than I liked the execution. The idea, at its core, is just so, so very cool! It’s all about alchemy and incarnating ideas into human bodies and trying to control the universe. It’s awesome! Very confusing at first, but not so much that I couldn’t follow along, and things (mostly) make sense at the end, even if some ideas remain rather abstract.

I just am not sure that I am a fan of which parts of the story were prioritized: Roger and Dodger’s lives. There was just so much time spent on them growing up and getting to know one another and this book is so long. Continue reading “Book Review: Middlegame by Seanan McGuire”

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Book Review: The Mermaid & Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

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Imogen Hermes Gowar

Harper, 2018
★★★★☆

I think the best way to describe The Mermaid & Mrs Hancock would be: uneven, meandering, and unbalanced, in terms of both pacing and genre. It’s almost as though it can’t quite decide what it wants to be. Somehow, it is too long and yet not long enough.

Oddly enough, a book with this kind of pacing normally wouldn’t be able to hold my attention, but I was never once bored! I think that is to do with two factors. One is my own personal interest in Georgian London as well as the history of prostitution. Harlots is one of my favorite shows. The amount of historical detail Gowar displays here is simply astonishing. It stops just shy of being too much, but because of this detail I could picture everything so, so clearly; I felt like I was inhabiting this time period. Continue reading “Book Review: The Mermaid & Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar”