Dec. 26th, 2012

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I always bring a ton of books with me when I travel, regardless of what I plan to be doing.  So far, of the books I brought with me, I've finished two of them!  Quick little reviews follow:

The Green Fairy by Kyell Gold (6/5 - Masterpiece)
This is probably one of the best books I have ever read, and I don't know if my words can do it half the justice it's worth.  Still, I have to try...  Kyell himself, normally a writer of gay erotic fiction, describes it as a 'non-erotic gay non-love story,' and although that's technically correct, it doesn't even begin to touch on the mastery in this book.  Swapping back and forth from a confessional letter from the days of revolutionary France and a modern day coming of age story, this book manages to mix the two with the help of a little Absinthe and a whole lot of self-reflection.  There are only two things I have ever described as a masterpiece up until this point.  This is now the third.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin (5/5)
Nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards, this book is a hell of a read as well, though a little jerky to get started with.  The author intentionally switches tense, time, and place at a moments notice, requiring you to stay on your feet and really pay attention, lest you lose important details.  That said, her use of foreshadowing and tiny little nudges/brush-strokes all along the read really pays off at the end.  Gods, godesses, their lovers, and intricate power struggles twist and turn like the great spire of Sky itself being woven from the finest golden thread.  The finish is every bit as amazing as you'd expect it to be, and I can't wait to read the rest of this trilogy!

The Broken Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin (5/5)
I can't say much about it, since it's part two of the trilogy and I don't want to give spoilers, but wow...

The Kingdom of Gods by N. K. Jemisin (5/5)
A finale I could never have imagined when I started the first of these three books...  Absolutely magnificent.

I'll update this as I go and add whatever else I manage to finish this trip.  I'm going to try and log the books I read from now on and see if I can't at least throw out a review from time to time!

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