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Cat Rambo
Amigurumi Knits: Patterns for 20 Cute Mini Knits
Hansi Singh
Metro 2033
Dmitry Glukhovsky
Southern Gods
John Hornor Jacobs
Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural
Robert Louis Stevenson, Orson Scott Card, Jack London, Tanith Lee, Walt Whitman, Guy de Maupassant, Isaac Asimov, Ivan Turgenev, Johann Ludwig Tieck, Marvin Kaye, John Dickson Carr, Bram Stoker, Tennessee Williams, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Richard Matheson, Johann Wolfgang
Howdunit Forensics
Denise Mina
The Autopsy and Other Tales
Michael Shea, Laird Barron
Alice Hearts Welsh Zombies
Victoria Dunn
Blood & Water
Hayden Trenholm, Camille Alexa, Claude Lalumière, Derryl Murphy, M.L.D. Curelas, Kevin Cockle, Douglas Smith, Jean-Louis Trudel, Julie E. Czerneda
Throne of the Crescent Moon - Saladin Ahmed ...dammit, Goodreads needs more stars. Or half-stars. Because my practice of reserving five stars for "everyone should read this, regardless of genre preference" and four stars for "everyone with an interest in this genre should read it" is starting to get a bit awkward.

Okay! This book. A bit clunky in spots; some of the world-building and stage-setting could have come in a bit more smoothly, but that feels like first-novel jitters at worst, and I am looking forward to the next books. (Also to picking up his short story collection, although yeep my reading backlog.) It's sword and sorcery in a way that doesn't make me groan, with the characters quite reasonably getting drawn into a fight against evil, and a world that's much less black-and-white than I realized.

The characters, on that topic, were wonderful. There are two heroes who are traditional high-fantasy gifted teenage protagonists, and that's out of five, and there is a great deal of point and counterpoint and actual plausible real-world disagreements and no one person who's actually definitively right. I was really glad to see that.

I was not expecting the ending. That was nice. ...that was actually really nice; I thought I'd pegged the villain a couple of times, and I was fairly wrong (that is, wrong because I was actually wrong, not because there was an attempt to set it up to look like someone innocent was the villain) each time.

I want to see what happens next.