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“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.” ― Oscar Wilde

Currently reading

Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy
Andrea Speed, Rhys Ford, Charlie Cochet, K.J. Charles, Jordan L. Hawk, Lou Harper, Astrid Amara, Nicole Kimberling, Ginn Hale, Jordan Castillo Price
The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales
James Stern, Padraic Colum, Margaret Raine Hunt, Josef Scharl, Brothers Grimm, Joseph Campbell, Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm
Die Rivalinnen. Adaptiert
Norgard Kohlhagen
Великият лов
Robert Jordan
The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall
Christopher Hibbert
Promise of Blood
Brian McClellan
Wear It Like A Crown

‘And if we are going to be metaphysical, I have no sea card, or compass, or star.’

The Ringed Castle - Dorothy Dunnett
No ordered thoughts or anything even resembling a proper review.

The Russia parts turned out the most boring ones in the book. Although I did find some of Philippa's page time in the first part not so intriguing as well.

I can't see Lymond surviving a few more blows to the head, both physical and emotional. He's tough, but really, is that necessary? The poor sod. 

Favourite moments:
- Philippa reading Lymond's books.
- Diccon Chancellor and Lymond's friendship.
- Philippa tapping all Lymond's quotes.
- The "L" play, Languish Locked in L!!!
[spoiler] And deep within him, missing its accustomed tread, his heart paused, and gave one single stroke, as if on an anvil. ‘We’re there, sir,’ Nicholas said.
The air hurt his skin. His nerves, unsheathed, left him over-sensitized and defenceless, as sometimes happened: exposed raw to the touch of his clothes, as if his flesh had been stripped off with acid. He remained perfectly still. [/spoiler]

- Lymond's "duel" with Austin Gray. Hilarious.
- Every word out of Danny Hislop's mouth.


It annoys me occasionally how Philippa sees it as perfctly acceptable to intervene in every aspect of Lymond's life without being invited to do so. Like that knife in TDK or the child-searching in PiF. Or like how she gave John Dee Lymond's date of birth. Not. Her. Business, damn it. 

It's a big part of who she is and I like her but this sometimes drives me up the wall.


"There is cilantro you cannot already guess. You know now what you want. You are about to learn how to give. But the hardest lesson of all is accepting."