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I didn't read any Diana Wynne Jones this month, but she's been one of my favourite authors longer and more consistently than anybody else I count under that header. Her books helped shape my passion for the fantastic when I was a kid and have continued to hold up as I got older; given how prolific she is, it's remarkable just how many of her books are not only good, but uniquely good. (If you asked me today, I'd count the following as actually great: Archer's Goon, Drowned Ammet, Eight Days of Luke, Fire and Hemlock, The Homeward Bounders, Howl's Moving Castle, Witch Week.) She writes magic that's both wondrous and honest better than anybody else. Anyway, word is she has cancer and has stopped taking chemotherapy, and I, in my distant fannish way, am preparing to grieve.
Kate Griffin, A Madness of Angels
Octavia E. Butler, Adulthood Rites
Samuel R. Delany, Dark Reflections
Connie Willis, Blackout
Hiromi Goto, Half World
Ellen Kushner, Swordspoint (reread)
Ellen Kushner, The Privilege of the Sword (reread)
Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
There was something in The Madness of Angels -- the magic, the characterization, the hectic and episodic action -- that reminded me very much tonally of the older Bad Pennies. Brendan, if you're reading, I don't know whether this counts as a recommendation, but I'd be interested to know what you thought of it.

There's more I might say about a lot of these books (which were excellent and diverse) but this is late enough already. Those curious about the Kushners might look to what I wrote about them last time around.
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