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Books for February and Dreams Underfoot

Someone recommended a site called ReaditSwapit to me recently. I think it's for Brits only, possibly a bit like Bookmooch, I'm not certain. But anyway, I joined and it works and is excellent. The idea being that you make a list of books you've finished with and are willing to swap, people see them, choose something they fancy, ask to swap, whereupon you either choose something you fancy from their list or decline. No money changes hands, all it costs is the postage. I joined about a week ago and have already received two books with several more swaps going on. I feel like I'm doing my bit for the planet by recycling a few books. :-)


Not bad this month but that's mainly because several books I've been reading slowly since the beginning of January were finished.

The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
Trollope the Traveller – ed. By Graham Handley
Good Bones – Margaret Atwood
The Hollow Kingdom – Clare B. Dunkle
The Aye-Aye and I – Gerald Durrell
Dreams Underfoot – Charles De Lint

I enjoyed them all... in fact I would describe it as an excellent reading month. The Poisonwood Bible is probably the standout book for excellence, but I also loved The Hollow Kingdom for pure enjoyment and Dreams Underfoot for the same reason.

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I've mentioned this anthology before but can't remember what I said, probably quite a lot, so I'll try to restrain myself and not go on at too much length. ;-)

This is the book many fans of De Lint's 'Newford' series suggest you start with if you're going to read this urban fantasy series. I don't know if that's right or wrong, only that it seemed to give me an excellent introduction to the people that inhabit this universe. 'Newford' is a city, peopled by all kinds of weird and wonderful characters who reoccur and are connected throughout the books. Christy Riddell, a writer and collector of folk tales and myths, is a focal point but so is a friend of his, Jilly Coppercorn, who is close to Christy's brother, Geordie. Their friends come into it and there are many stand alone stories but always there is a link somewhere. And always there are fantastic things going on that shouldn't be real but are. It sounds confusing but I can promise you it's not. If anyone had told me I would read and love urban fantasy this much I would have laughed at them, but I do! I certainly plan to read a lot more in this series and am waiting for The Ivory and the Horn to arrive as we speak. So pleased to have discovered these books.

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Charles de Lint is the rare male who writes good female characters, and he has hope. Even though horrific things might happen, caring and concern shine through.

Did you ever find a copy of Jack the Giant Killer? It's not in Newford, but it has that same feel. Lovely.
and he has hope.

He does. I was reading one review on LJ where someone was saying how depressing this anthology is. It surprised me because I didn't get that from it at all. Yes, sad things happen but like you said... there's always some kind of hope there at the end.

Yes *blush* when I investigated some books in another room I found sitting there a copy of Jack of Kinrowan, which includes the two books, Jack the Giant Killer and Drink Down the Moon. I'm thrilled to bits but rather embarrassed that I'd forgotten I had it. I've moved it in here and put it towards the top of the tbr pile. I also have Wolf Moon by De Lint and another volume of Newford stories coming.
Jack is more of an an adventure, and made me laugh out loud several places.
That swapping thing sounds like a great idea! I've got lots of books I'm really quite 'meh' about, which I'd happily swap for something more interesting!! (And, of course, one person's 'meh' is another person's all-time-fave...)
(And, of course, one person's 'meh' is another person's all-time-fave...)

Exactly! I've been amazed to be honest, I posted four books a few days ago and have three more to go today. If you decide to go for it though, don't be afraid to turn down a swap. A couple of mine have had lists full of the sort of modern popular fiction I'm not fond of and I couldn't find a thing I wanted from them, so I said 'no'. And I was turned down once too and it stopped me feeling guilty. ;-) You can have a wishlist too and I think what happens is you get notified if a copy of what you want turns up. You must do because I only had one book on there ten minutes and it was gone! I must admit I'm finding it quite a lot of fun and really useful as I'm only too glad to swap some of my unwanted books for something I want to read.
I've just signed up! I think it's a brilliant idea!

Now I need to make a list of unwanted books...that might take a while!!

Thanks for the tip - I probably would feel quite guilty to turn down a swap :-/
PS I've just turned down my first book! Within 10 minutes of me posting up my first batch of books to swap, I got someone requesting one of them - unfortunately, I didn't want any of their books :-/
It makes you feel terrible doesn't it... but then I came to the conclusion that I'm not a charity so I should at least *want* the book I swap for.
Yes, exactly! One person wanted a book of Michele Roberts' short stories, but her own list consisted entirely of Mills and Boon type romance novels :-/