Middle Eastern-English Book Presses
I've been noticing more and more books coming out about nature, the environment, and our connection with the world. These go beyond, "the environment is failing and we're the cause," to more, "we are nature, contained within, yet separate," and "reconnect with nature and recognize the beauty and depth of the natural world.
Her Royal Spyness is the first book in the Royal Spyness series. Georgie is 34th in line to the English throne, and penniless. Her half brother and his wife have "economized" and stopped her allowance, so Georgie goes to London to find a job.
There, she meets with the queen, who gives her a job: spy.
It was too contrived. What could have been a promising book fell flat both in character portrayal and in plot.
Britt-Marie is the latest literary curmudgeon, following after Ove and Eleanor Oliphant.
Pride is a fantastic modern retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, a flirtation of characters who are richer, and those who are poorer.
A fantastical retelling of the Russian Baba Yaga mixed in with a Cinderella-esque wicked stepmother/sisters.
Plaguewalker is an interesting exploration in prejudice and social ostracism based on superficial behaviors.
I may never eat a madeleine without thinking of Proust and his contribution to our understanding of human memory.
I was in a fantasy reading slump for months - and The Phantom Forest pulled me out of it.