sheliak: Tik-Tok from the Oz books, reading a book. (reading)
Well, not reread exactly, since I listened to the audiobook. It's the first book in a projected series of five; book four is due out next month.

The short and non-spoilery version: Julius, a dragon who exists at the bottom of his sprawling dysfunctional family due to a combination of youth and inconvenient ethics, and Marci, a geeky and vengeful human mage, meet in the DFZ, a corporate dystopia of a city built on top of the ruins of Detroit and ruled by the nature spirit of the Great Lakes. He's been given one last chance to shape up before his mom eats him, and she's on the run from the mob boss who killed her dad. Together, they try very hard not to die. (If you're put off by the title, as I originally was: the book is way more charming than it implies.)

I love Marci: passionately obsessive about her work (to the point of not realizing she's in danger, more than once); aggressive and proactive; mercenary, but with an ethical core. And Julius. He's a smart, self-aware pacifist, and the narrative lets him be one without ever going easy on him. (Rather the opposite.) He's a very sympathetic underdog. They both are, really; the difference is that Marci's moments of triumph usually involve defeating the entities who scorn her in combat, while Julius's involve unexpectedly pulling a win-win scenario out of a dire situation.

The narrator really is very good; occasionally a little over-emotive, but not by much, and he puts on a good variety of voices for the major characters. (The voice he does for Bob is admittedly kind of annoying, but I'm pretty sure that's the point.)

Pretty much everything beneath the cuts is spoilery, mostly for later books in the series as well as this one.

Minor character things )
The big thing I noticed on this reread )
sheliak: Hana Sugerono, grinding something with a mortar and pestle. (industrious)
From the reprint covers, since I like them better than the original set.
4x Zanja, 4x Karis )
sheliak: Handwoven tapestry of the planet Jupiter. (Default)
More icons, this time from the covers of the Marla Mason series by T.A. Pratt! Still basic crop & resize stuff.

20 icons under the cut )
sheliak: (fantasy)
The first two chapters of The Gates of Tagmeth are readable on the Baen website.

The Knorth twins... )
House Caineron )
sheliak: Handwoven tapestry of the planet Jupiter. (jupiter 2)
I know I'm pretty late to the party, but I thought I might as well make an account since I've been thinking about it for ages.

If you're reading this: hi! I intend to use this journal for fandom purposes. I'm into X-Men (80s comics, mostly), Girl Genius, Fallen London, Star Trek, and too many fantasy novels list here. I write fanfic, which I will post if I ever manage to finish it; I also hope that having an account here will help get me to actually comment on other people's fic.