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hi, I’m moving

I might still crosspost in the future, but I’ve been updating my reading round-ups at my LiveJournal instead, and am in the process of crossposting my blog posts there. It just makes more sense to me right now, because editing on WordPress is annoying me and making me not post the stuff I’ve been working on 🙂

If/when I finally continue with my DWJ reread, I’ll continue adding the links to those posts to the main Reread page!

Comics · Fantasy

Kat Leyh’s Snapdragon

“Our town has a witch. She fed her eye to the devil. She eats roadkill and cast spells with the bones…” – Snapdragon, Kat Leyh

I don’t read a lot of MG, but when I do, they’re always so well-crafted and AMAZING and it makes me wonder if I’m just very lucky with my reads so far. Snapdragon is a middle grade comic that is so good that I’m annoying some of our children’s section staff by changing around our April anniversary promotion so that I could include it in, and feature it in our store catalog.

In this comic, a young girl named Snapdragon discovers that her town witch, Jacks, is really just an old lady who sells the skeletons of roadkill online. Snap doesn’t get along with most of the kids at school, but somehow she likes Jacks just fine, and they make a deal – Jacks will teach her how to take care of the litter of baby opossums Snap rescued, and in return, Snap will help Jacks with her work. The more time they spend together, though, the more Snap begins to realise that Jacks might be a real witch after all. Continue reading “Kat Leyh’s Snapdragon”

Fantasy

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

“Who said confusion is a bad thing? I have found that confusion can be a very good thing. Often you have to fall into the blackness of utter confusion before you can emerge to see even the smallest glimmer of the truth. My heartfelt wish is that you read these books and are thrown into a complete tailspin of befuddlement.” – The Black Witch, Laurie Forest

I was interested in The Black Witch before all the accusations about it came out (and if you haven’t heard of the controversy regarding this title, you can probably google it.) I’m an avid fantasy reader, and one thing that always bugged me about high fantasy was the way different races were written about. From Lord of the Rings to the Drizzt stories, non-human races were usually portrayed as monoliths – all elves act like this, and all goblins are like that, and so on. Continue reading “The Black Witch by Laurie Forest”