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Books: One Salt Sea

Seanan McGuire's fifth October Daye novel takes the best of what we've seen before and combines it into a strong and painful new challenge. Again, Toby rides (or limps) out on a personal crusade to save lost children, this time with the goal of stopping a war between the land Fae of the Kingdom of the Mists and the Fae of, well, the Pacific Ocean (Dutchy of Saltmists). The full cast of characters is out in force with her.

Conflict among allies has receded to a few witty exchanges, and much of the interpersonal angst from previous books is left aside. Quentin is certainly growing up, and both he and Raj take a back seat to Toby's new romance with Connor. Tybalt, fickle as he may seem, is also faithful to both his throne and his friends. Some of the exchanges are hilarious both for their ludicrousness and for their mud-brown mundanity dropped into a kaleidoscope of Fae insanity.

The October Daye series is not all sunshine and smiles. The plot path is strewn with the shards of broken hopes, which makes for a bumpy ride. McGuire's great talent for bringing readers into Toby's world means that we are just as wet, frustrated, tired, and heartsick as the characters when the plot finally bursts open for everyone to see. Real fairy tales don't all have happy endings, and we, like Toby, are left with the hollow triumph of winning the battle at the cost of the fire inside the fighters.

And the worst - wait, I mean best! - thing about this series is that I still want to read more. I'm determined to stand by Toby just like she stands by her friends and chosen family. I have faith in her, and in McGuire, that "good" and "right" are worth fighting for, even when sometimes you lose in the winning.

...everything went sort of numb, fogging into an endless stream of people offering their condolences. They were sorry. Everyone was so very, very sorry... You know what "sorry" does? Sorry doesn't do a damn thing."

-- New-to-me books read in 2011 (as opposed to re-reads) --

Little Dee vol 2
Little Dee vol 3
Unusual Suspects
Harvest Moon
The Black Stallion (yes, I know, I should have read it with Black Beauty)
Ravens in the Library: Magic in the Bard's Name, with a pre-finished commentary here
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Fang Bangers: An Erotic Anthology of Fangs, Claws, Sex and Love
Must Love Hellhounds

Dark and Stormy Knights
Tortall and Other Lands
River Marked (2/28 - it arrived a day early)

Questionable Content, vol 1
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
Magic Bites
Skinwalker, A Jane Yellowrock Novel
Running with the Pack
Magic Burns
Blood Cross

"Skyblaze" Adventures in the Liaden Universe #17
Kings of the North
Goblin Tales
Do Not Sniff the Bees, Two Lumps book 6
Magic Strikes
Magic Bleeds
Mercy Blade
The Initiate Brother

City of Pearl
An Artificial Night
Late Eclipses

After Hours: Tales from Ur-Bar
Magic Slays
Ghost Ship (e-ARC)

Quarter Share
Half Share
Full Share
"Intelligent Design" (short story in the Liaden Universe, published online at Baen)
Heroes in Training
Serenity: Better Days
Serenity: Those Left Behind
Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale
Tiger's Curse
Calamities of Nature, vol 1
Troubled Waters
Wolfsbane and Mistletoe
In Fury Born

Naked City
Unnatural Issue
Home Improvement: Undead Edition
Summers at Castle Auburn
"Kin Ties"
Flying Blind
Hunger Games
The Shape-Changer's Wife
A Matter of Magic

One Salt Sea

-- Books abandoned rather than completed in 2011 --

Sing the Four Quarters, by Tanya Huff

Fuzzy Nation, by John Scalzi

-- Books Still in Progress --
These are books that I haven't totally given up on, I've just... put them aside... for now. And gee, look at how many of them are non-fiction!
The Brand Within
If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails
Swords and Dark Magic
Wise Man's Fear
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