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Book Review: Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Harrow the Ninth
Tamsyn Muir

Tor.com, 2020
★★★★☆

So, the thing about Harrow the Ninth is that it is completely fucking incomprehensible. On purpose. It’s also kind of brilliant.

But like, here’s the thing. You don’t realize that it’s brilliant until after the fact, and the only reason I made it through the whole book for there to be an after the fact, is because I looked up spoilery articles and trawled reddit subforums for – I kid you not – hours. I read detailed summaries. I read discussion threads. I read theories. See, I’m the kind of reader who loathes being confused. Seriously, nothing will get me to DNF a book faster; it’s the main reason I was so frustrated with Gideon the Ninth. So, when I started this book and immediately felt myself sink into total confusion, I was like, fuck it, we’re going to Spoiler City.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2020

  • Resenting the Hero by Moira J Moore (★★★★★)
  • Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter (★★★★☆)
  • You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce (★★★★★)
  • A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum (★★☆☆☆)
  • Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody (★★★★☆)
  • Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (★★★★☆)
  • The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins (★★★★☆)
  • The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood (★★★★☆)
  • Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender (★★★★☆)
  • Real Life by Brandon Taylor (★★☆☆☆)
  • The Deep by Rivers Solomon (★★★☆☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 11
YEARLY SO FAR: 23

I’m still on a roll in terms of quantity of books read! Standouts for this month include You Let Me In (a very creepy supernatural/psychological thriller that might end up being on my favorites of the year list), Resenting the Hero (an obscure but very funny and very short little fantasy book), and The Confessions of Frannie Langton (a harrowing historical fiction about a former slave woman accused of murder). Very disappointed by A Woman Is No Man, which is just badly-written and lacking nuance when it comes to Arab representation. Also Real Life, which is just not for me, but not necessarily a bad book; I just thought it was boring and overly pretentious. Continue reading “Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2020”

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Book Review: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

gideon the ninthGideon the Ninth
Tamsyn Muir

Tor.com, 2019
★★★☆☆

Oh, boy. Okay. So why don’t I start by talking about the few things I liked about this book before I go off on a spiel about all the things I deeply disliked.

The Good:

→ The ending kind of saves the day. It’s stellar and harrowing and ties everything together nicely (though even that is bogged down by clunky pacing, as it’s dragged down by an unnecessarily drawn out fight scene). It’s just. It’s clever. Everything fits together nicely. It’s very brutal and it’s intriguing and it’s unexpected and twisty. And it’s just plain cool. Continue reading “Book Review: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir”