I am almost done with my holiday fics, which is good, since I'm going out of town for Christmas. (I'm going to be Internetless when the Yuletide fics go live! I am SAD!) Also, it's cold. So cold. It's supposed to get near -40 this week. AUGH. This is karmic payback for the last couple of warm winters, isn't it? *bundles up*
I have had my brain eaten by a new (to me) series of books - the Benjamin January mysteries by Barbara Hambly. They are AWESOME -- well, okay, I've only read the first one so far, A Free Man of Color, so I guess I'll say that the first one is awesome and I will be snapping up the next ones as soon as I can get my hands on them. The series takes place in New Orleans in the 1830s; the setting is richly and gorgeously depicted in its vivid beauty and equally vivid squalor, and the characters, oh, the characters. *bounces* I have no clue if these books would appear faily to eyes other than mine, but personally I thought Hambly does a really fantastic job of writing with both sympathy and empathy for all of her characters, who include black freedmen/freedwomen, mixed-race courtesans, plantation owners' wives; Americans and Creole French, working class and middle class and upper class; there's even a queer couple. I loved how the characters are all products of their society, each caught in their own kind of cage, each with their own prejudices and lives and loves and desires and plans. The plot is twisty and surprising, and did I mention that I love the characters to bits? (I can't really talk about all of them and how much I love them without getting spoilery, but basically, there are a lot of characters and I love them ALL. But ♥Shaw♥ gets some special hearts, because he is so totally Vimes that it's awesome. Vimes with a backwoods Kentucky accent. ♥)
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