Grade A Books
_Mr Midshipman Hornblower_ by CS Forester. I can't explain why I didn't read these classic books of naval fiction before. I should have started at least ten years ago. Oh well, now that I know how wonderful they are I can decide how to space them out and order them for my dad and so on. A+
_Angelmaker_ by Nicholas Hardby. Any book that you can reasonably say is about espionage, nuns, the undertaker's union, gangsters, and mechanical bees without covering even all the major topics? Got to be pretty cool. A+
_Language of Flowers_ by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. This book is heartbreakingly beautiful and you should not read it if mother-daughter issues and abandonment have been major issues in your life. A
_The Iron Wyrm Affair_ by Lilith Saintcrow. Just when we all thought the steampunk thing was maybe getting a little tired, this book comes along. Truly original, funny, and moving too. A
_Diana Comet and Other Improbable Tales_ by Sandra Macdonald. Some of the stories in this collection are mindblowing and some are kind of enh. My favorites were "Diana Comet and the Disappearing Lover" and "Fay and the Goddesses."
_Blessings_ by Anna Quindlen. A gift from my mother, this is a beautiful book that stays with you. Two out of two of the people I lent it to after I finished it cried when they read it.
_The Queen's Squadron_ by RM Meluch. You could see it as queer-oriented Stargate fanfic... but actually it's so much more than that. This one blew my mind.
I hope this helps anybody who has been missing my book reviews. :)