Where are you in Fantasyland? October 2018
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It also interested me to perceive a whole mini-genre: that of the dark carnival or circus. Books that come to mind are The Circus of Dr. Lao and Something Wicked This Way Comes. Musically, Buckethead, consciously or not, is following after Moorcock in his "Bucketheadland" albums. And darkest of all might be the movie Freaks.
Funny - I've liked fantasy, and certainly dark fantasy, for years; but never noticed the repetition of the carnival theme.
As Mommy Fortuna says in The Last Unicorn "Creatures of night, brought to light!" (Not a dark fantasy, but certainly a dark carnival episode.)
Popping back over to the World of the Five Gods to finish out the final (?) two Penric novellas, starting with Mira's Last Dance.
>24 seitherin:, a few years back I tried the start of another of his series, Her Majesty's Wizard. Same impression. Maybe if I'd read that in the 80s when I thought everything was great, and not since, I'd sing a different tune.
>25 Cecrow: This is the only Stasheff I've ever read. I've no interest in ever reading anything else.
I'm in the middle of Crooked Kingdom right now, after happily devouring Six of Crows in two days while I was on vacation last week. I'm really enjoying it -- it reminds me of Locke Lamora, except that instead of all of the details lavishly describing the city, the details of the world that you learn are parts that inform the main crew of characters, so that each of them feel really fleshed out. On the other hand, it's a bit more YA than I expected, so the teenage-romance-where-no-one-admits-their-feelings (with what appears to be three couples -- three!!) is getting a little overdone for me, and I'm slowing down.
Edited to add: this was a reply to 32... not sure how to to link to the post.
I'm finally, finally getting deep into Spinning Silver (and loving every second of it), and I'm finishing up my audiobook reread of Tamora Pierce's Tortall series with Mastiff. It's taking me forever to get through these Beka Cooper books!
I have a particular fondness for retellings of myths; also any retelling of a classic story from a different viewpoint. I recently read Circe by Madeline Miller -- really well done novel telling the life story of Circe from her viewpoint, not Homer's or Odysseus'. Another example is Grendel by John Gardner: the Beowulf story from Grendel's viewpoint. I enjoyed Gaiman's version of the gods in American Gods, even if the plot was a bit stretched.
My current read: Just starting with some what seems like it will be an airship/steampunky setting in An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors.