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February 2nd, 2010

Locus Recommends

"The Wizard's Apprentice" (in Troll's Eye View).  Which makes me feel quite shy, since the other stories mentioned from that collection are Kelly Link's brilliant "The Cinderella Game," Catherynne Valente's stunning "A Delicate Architecture," and Holly Black's chilling "The Boy Who Cried Wolf."   And Ellen's "A Wild and Wicked Youth" (S&SF) and "Dulce Domum" (Eclipse 3) are mentioned too.  So there is great rejoicing in the household.

We celebrate with dinner at a neighborhood favorite in the company of my dear friend Anne Hudson, down from Boston for Simone Boccanegra at the Met.  And possibly a viewing of Up, if Time Warner's on-demand is working.  Which is usually isn't, but a girl can dream.

The New Moon's Arms

Because I'm all behind as a cow's tail (as my grandmother used to say), I just now got around to reading Nalo Hopkinson's The New Moon's Arms (Warner, 2007).  It's beautiful.  I love the language, a musical Caribbean dialect that never seems precious or forced and goes down smooth as silk.  I love the narrator, Calamity Lambkin, snarky, prickly, defensive, and frequently downright mean, but is also absolutely honest, totally sexy, funny as hell, and going through the most interesting menopause on record.  I love her friends, lovers, and enemies, her plain, earnest daughter and her thoroughly little-boy grandson.  And I love the subtle, mysterious, absolutely believable magic that haunts her and the island she lives on.

A remarkable writer, Nalo Hopkinson.  And The New Moon's Arms is a truly remarkable book.  I'm so glad it was the one I picked off the shelf to read.  Spending time with Calamity and Agway and Ifeoma was just exactly what I needed right now.

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