My Week in Books

I’m approaching something resembling regular updates again. Let’s see how long this lasts… I’ve read some really good fantasy in the past few weeks, a couple of interlibrary loans related to gay teens and YA lit, and the ususal miscellany of other stuff.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch Adult fantasy. In a city that bears some resemblance to Renaissance Europe, an orphaned street thief is sold off to a blind priest, and trained up to become one of the priest’s Gentleman Bastards. And Locke, our street thief, is VERY good at what he does. I loved this one. Book two comes out this summer!

The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia by Megan Whelan Turner YA fantasy. I seriosuly do not want to describe either of these, for fear that it will spoil the end of the first book, The Thief. In The Queen of Attolia, a thief’s punishment starts a war. And in The King of Attolia, the people of Attolia have a hard time accepting a king who is like no monarch they’ve ever known.

The Woman in the Wall by Patrice Kindl YA/Kids fantasy..ish. (You try to pick a genre for this one… magic realism is as close as it gets, I suspect.)

Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley Kids fantasy. The first book of the Sisters Grimm series.  Sisters Sabrina and Daphne Grimm have abandoned by their parents and are suddenly taken in by a grandmother they thought was long-dead. Turns out that fairy tales are real, and they have a family legacy to live up to, protecting the fiary tale creatures from our world and vice versa. A cute little series with fractured fairy tale and mystery elements.

The Heart Has Its Reasons: Young Adult Literature with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content, 1969-2004 by Michael Cart and Christine A. Jenkins  Professional library lit. An annotated bibliography of GLBT YA books, and a rather extensive history of the development of the field. The only down side is that there’s been such a boom in YA lit in general, including GLBT books, that I’m sure there have been as many books come out since 2004 than in the first thirty years combined.

Dead Boys Can’t Dance: Sexual Orientation, Masculinity, and Suicide
by Michel Dorais
A study out of Montreal, published in 2004. The suicide rate for gay teenagers in Canada is six to sixteen times higher than their heterosexual counterparts–and not just gay teens, but also kids who are stigmatized as being gay, regardless of their actual sexual orientation.


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