While I was away another story came out, in Daily Science Fiction. It's called "The Taking Tree," and it's sort of an evil sequel to The Giving Tree.
But enough about me. I want to tell you about some books I've read in the last few months. Writing reviews always makes me feel a little unsure of myself, because sometimes when I think I've uncovered (or stumbled upon, or been shown) a hidden gem, it turns out that everyone else in the world has already read it.
But anyway, here are some books that I liked. You should read them.
Near + Far by Cat Rambo -- Beyond the physical awesomeness of this book, which is in the style of an old-timey double-header, Cat Rambo's stories are amazing. From evil mermaids to living coats and far, far beyond, these stories cover a wide range. One of them was on the Nebula ballot! There are only two drawbacks to this book: 1) not being sure how to handle having two bookmarks while reading from both sides simultaneously, and 2) always having Grover's voice in my head when I think of the book's title(s).
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan -- Never has being a bear seemed so appealing. I am very fortunate that I was warned about this book's beginning. A friend said that the unpleasantness was frontloaded into the first couple of chapters, and without that knowledge I may have given this wonderful book up due to said unpleasantness. Yet even when horrible things were happening, the writing was incredible, so perhaps I would have endured it. At any rate, this was a magical book. By the end it had me bawling.