December 18th, 2010



I just finished the fourth Benjamin January book, Sold Down the River, and all I want to do is flail around happily. These books are so good! I need to write up a proper rec post for this series, but all I have right now are incoherent dolphin noises. I was thinking this one wouldn't be as good as the others, since he's out of New Orleans for most of it, and I'm so hooked on the whole cast and on the way Hambly writes the living, breathing city itself. But I needn't have worried, because oh wow, that book was awesome. *FLAILS*

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People's lives touch other lives. These books are so very much about the web of human relationships that holds us all together, and the way that kindness and charity and goodness exists in the midst of despair and horror -- and yet they do this without downplaying or trivializing the very real horror and pain of slavery, generational poverty, and war.

I really ♥ them a lot.

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