Fragile Bird Posted April 4 Share Posted April 4 We’re still making entries in the First Quarter thread, but it seems time to open this one. I finally got around to reading Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House, triggered by the fact the second book in the series came out. I almost set it aside, once I got far enough to read about Alex’s background details. You may recall I went down the werewolf rabbit hole last summer, after I finally succumbed to the clickbait book descriptions on the Dreame website. So much trash on that site, even while there are excellent books as well. So many with characters that stuck in my craw. There’s a very popular series where the two main characters are introduced as “bottle girls” working at the swimming pool of a major Las Vegas hotel: one is a really smart Asian girl, genius at computer stuff, working the job because her parents died in a car crash and a demented ex-boyfriend is hunting her; the other is a Mexican immigrant who’s parents were drug addicts and were murdered by gang members in LA who, iirc, are hunting her as well, to collect the money owed to them. Werewolves run the hotel, of course, and werewolves come rolling in to the hotel for a meeting and two of them turn out to be the mates of the girls. My first comment on that story was, the racism made me grit my teeth, how about making the Asian girl the daughter of drug addicts and the Mexican the brilliant IT girl. Oh no, said other readers, that wouldn’t be realistic, it’s Mexicans who use drugs in LA and die of overdoses. Never finished that book. So if you’ve read Ninth House you know what I mean, Alex is raised by her single mother, has no idea who her father is, some brown-skinned guy from the Caribbean or South America. Ah yes, that mysterious black blood that will mean she has some kind of wonderous woo-woo powers. And of course she’s a tattoo-covered drug user involved with drug gangs and horrible murders. But I continued on because, dammit, the book is good. I guess if you wanted a total outsider dropped in at Yale she’d have to be someone like Alex. I guess if it was set in Europe the background might be either African or Middle Eastern. I plan to look up the Ninth House thread (I assume there is one) and read through the comments. And the book is so well written it’s a pleasure to read. Well, I am listening to it, so the fact that it’s one of these “opens in the middle with flashbacks” books, set in a totally unfamiliar setting, dropping all kinds of names, made it a bit confusing at first, but now I am tempted to pick up a hard copy. And research the names Bardugo drops. I wonder if many are rolling in their graves, to be accused of horrible magic-craft. I wonder if their ancestors are deeply insulted or gleefully pleased. I wonder if Leigh Bardugo gets death threats from Yale alumni. I wonder if the people of New Haven have burnt her in effigy. Leigh, who I first met at Titancon in Belfast before her first book was published, or just published, is a really cool person, btw. williamjm 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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