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The Brontes: Wild Genius on the Moors: The Story of a Literary Family
This thing is a monster: it's a 3-pound cinder block of details about the Brontes... 900+ pages of text and almost 200 pages of notes. But as the author explains in her introduction, the Brontes are best understood in context of each other, so I'm eating up the details like a spoonful of coconut butter. Up to this point, I've only read the standard biography of Charlotte that paints her as prim and, honestly, somewhat un-fun. I'm hoping that this book will give me a rounder picture of what Charlotte's life was like because I'm fascinated by a mind that could create Jane Eyre.
Devil Said Bang: A Sandman Slim Novel
I thoroughly enjoyed this entire series. (Although the third in the series was sort of "transitional," and I didn't love it as much as the others. But the stuff in book three needed to happen to get to Devil Said Bang, so...) These books are action-adventure-noir with a little magic thrown in. But here's the thing about the world Richard Kadrey has created: it feels real. His version of LA is rotting from the inside out, thanks to some shady magic, and Stark — his loveable-in-spite-of-himself hero is the perfect blend of "don't give a crap" and "trying to do the right thing." BONUS: I used to work with the author Richard Kadrey in San Francisco, and he's super talented. I'm delighted to see his humongous success with these books.
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