The Amsterdam Edition will come tomorrow or the day after!
Nyjolene: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray. Superb! Part 3 of a trilogy (part 1 is A Great and Terrible Beauty, part 2 is Rebel Angels). It’s quite scary, but a keeper nonetheless. The main character is 16 and she’s sassy and witty. Love it!
Sophie: Tai-Pan by James Clavell and Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. I started Tai-Pan a few times before, having loved and read Shogun several times, but I always stalled. Now I’m definitely going to finish; I’m all caught up in the intrigues and mid-nineteenth century Hong Kong. Strong characters (both male and female), and a cracking story filled with all-powerful merchants, concubines, the complexities of the tea-opium-bullion trade back then, and everyone trying to one-up everyone else. I’m also slowly finishing up Winter’s Tale. It’s a beautiful book, that ambles along pleasantly at the moment, filled with marvelous characters (Peter Lake, Pearly Soames and his Short Tails, a magical white horse, the Baymen, Beverly Penn – all of them with a rich and detailed backstory). Until it will pull me in completely and I’ll have to finish it in one setting – I have a feeling it’s that kind of book. Helprin’s language is oh so beautiful; another reason I’m going slowly is because I’m truly savoring it!