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It was a very Crusade Yuletide - I think all three people who requested Crusade received fic for it. Until reveals, I was convinced mine was written by [personal profile] alexcat, which turned out not to be the case.

(I received a lovely Galen & Gideon piece.)

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Books! Specifically: rereads, as one of my New Year's Resolutions is to do more rereading and less uh reading?

- The Summer Witch, Louise Cooper (fantasy)
Plot in a nutshell: Young woman in agricultural society gets married to elderly husband and creates a fantasy love who teaches her magic.
Verdict: I appreciated that the husband was a nice guy, not interested in sex. He marries the protagonist for her company, which the protagonist finds a relief at first but then slowly grows to resent. I found myself having some mixed feelings about this bit, because on one hand, there's obviously nothing wrong with people wanting sex, but on the other hand, the way Carys's desires were expressed (and ended up ruining her life) felt a little uncomfortable to me. Possibly, that was on purpose, but then, the morale of the story is ... don't want sex? Don't want magic? Erk. Still a keeper, because I do tend to like this author, and for the better part, I did like this book.

- Our Lady of the Snow, Louise Cooper (fantasy)
Plot in a nutshell: Young woman in training as a religious sister gets married to mentally disabled prince and slowly discovers her deity may be dead.
Verdict: Dropped after the second rape in about ten pages. Erk. I don't remember these books/this author as, well, having this kind of stuff. (It doesn't help that one of the two rapists ends up forgiven by his wife/victim, and I just - no. There may have been some interesting thing here about religion and feminism, but I'm not sure if the story went there, and I didn't enjoy the book enough to find out. Dropped.

- Burning Bright, Melissa Scott (SF)
Plot in a nutshell: Political intrigues during three days of Carnival on a planet resembling Venice. Also: aliens and RPGs.
Verdict: I dreaded this reread, because on the first read (ten plus years ago), this book blew me away. An RPG that all the cool people played! Political intrigue! Aliens! People being completely casual about same-sex sex and relationships! It pushed so many of my buttons. Annnd, it still does. Not quite as many, perhaps, but I still loved this, which was more than I'd hoped for.

- Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, Jonathan L. Howard (fantasy)
Plot in a nutshell: Snarky, ill-tempered young necromancer makes a bet with the devil to win back his soul. This cannot end well.
Verdict: Cheating a little; I recently got the fourth book in this series, which seemed a good excuse to reread this one. It's probably been less than two or three years, though. Still fun, in that way some books about bad people doing bad things can be. It helps that most of his victims are not that nice, either, to put it mildly. Johannes is never actually sympathetic, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy seeing him take on abusive boyfriends, overbearing bureaucrats and, of course, the devil. The backcover blurb is kind of horrible, and if the humor isn't your cup of tea, this book will fall very, very flat. (A keeper for me, is what I'm saying, and recommended, but with the small caveat re: humor.)

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Started on a rewatch of Boston Legal, of which it turns out I only own the first and third season. Hm.

Denny Crane.

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