Still haven't opened The Forgotten Beasts of Eld yet; it's sitting on my reading table, tempting me. Maybe when I've finished 1000+ pages of coursework at the end of April??
Have progressed now to the story of Fantine in Les Miserables and I'm still entranced by Hugo's writing and descriptions of humanity in its many moods, temptations, and life events. I can just see how tragic this next part will become; maybe I have to steel myself for a teary-eyed reading session? We do, after all, know what will happen to this lovely, innocent heroine.
Am really enjoying Juliette Marillier's Wolfskin. The first 50 or so pages were slow, a bit ponderous while she got her character development going, but holy cow! She's got a true sociopath, Somerled, as one of her major characters!! As a reader, I see so obviously what he is; the main character, Eyvind, does not. In a sense, this flaw of Eyvind's makes him a not-quite sympathetic character when he does not see through Somerled's machinations and into his depth for depravity. What a courageous way for Marillier to twist her story down these paths! Thank you for creating human characters and not just cookie cutter stereotypes for your fantasy/history novels!
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