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I've been saving Goldenhand by Garth Nix for a week when work was hectic.  That week has finally come (and boy has it ever), but at least I have Goldenhand to buttress me.  I have quibbles with the writing, but I have quibbles with pretty much all writing*, and this is just so, so, so  wonderful. 

Like, one of my absolute favorite things about Garth Nix is that he's actually a dude who can write and does write really interesting, really absorbing women characters.  A woman is the main character of each of the first two novels in the Old Kingdom series**, and while the third one was more of an ensemble piece that still had a lot of really awesome ladies, a couple of the (absolutely delightful) short stories that have come out were dude-centered.  So in Goldenhand it feels like Nix has decided to personally make it up to me with the first scenes being:

1. Two lady necromancers hangin' out and dispatchin' some fucking zombies
2. While discussing their nemesis, who is also a lady necromancer
3. Cut to two guards on duty, the experienced, sensible, older one of whom turns out to be a lady
4. And while they're on duty, somebody rocks up and is like YO I HAVE A MESSAGE FOR THAT ALL-LADY, NON-WHITE PROPHETESS GROUP OF RENOWN AND FAME
5. And it turns out this messenger is also a lady
6. And she's gonna be a main character of the book.
7. Cut to lady hawkmaster who dispatches a little girl messenger
8. To summon one of the aforementioned lady necromancers and the woman who basically rules the kingdom while her parents are away

I LOVE IT.

* An actual conversation in our household last week involved me, explaining to Mr. Rhod at great length, why I refused to read Giraffe's Can't Dance to our pre-verbal, just-shy-of-a year kid because not only do I dislike how it references various savannah animals as being jungle ones, and how sloppy it generally is with language in order to get a rhyme, but I also object to how it treats Africa as a single country, how Africa has a jungle, etc. Simultaneously, I get annoyed by A is for Activist because I disapprove of its unorthodox capitalization style, which Mr. Rhod points out is just them being an alphabet book and capitalizing on each page all words that start with the designated letter for that page. The only books, by the way, that meet my exacting requirements: King Baby by Kate Beaton, and The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Everything else we have can go get FUCKED.

** The first half of Lirael was some of the most INTENSE ASS wish-fulfillment reading I have ever done in my life. Like, I can't remember reading anything ever as a kid that made me feel so INTENSELY and so DEEPLY and so PROFOUNDLY that here was a book that had a version of me in it who was having ADVENTURES IN A LIBRARY and LITTLE CLOCKWORK MICE and a DISREPUTABLE DOG WHO LOVED ME and and and. 

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Date: 2017-04-24 05:32 pm (UTC)
aj: (relaxed)
From: [personal profile] aj
*makes notes*

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Date: 2017-04-24 05:48 pm (UTC)
aj: (TARDIS <3)
From: [personal profile] aj
Ooooh, that is good to hear! I need to read ALL THE THINGS prior to the middle of June because everyone's told me say goodbye to pleasure reading once the work starts. SIGH. (GOOD THING I AM GOING ON VACATION.)

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Date: 2017-04-25 02:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] indiefic
Oh man, kids' books. That was always a struggle when my daughter was little, trying to find something she liked that didn't make me insane.

The worst was when she was four and became obsessed with the book Winter's Tail. It is one of the most poorly written pieces of work I have ever had the displeasure of reading. And I beta read first time fanfic for YEARS.

The kid and I both enjoyed Sandra Boynton quite a bit. I don't know if you've tried her.
Edited Date: 2017-04-25 03:16 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2017-04-26 01:26 pm (UTC)
indiefic: (Default)
From: [personal profile] indiefic
Ha! The exercising after they'd just taken a bath always bothered me too!

The kid and I both enjoyed the story Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton, but there are several times (and it gets hazy, thank god) where Russel either declares something, but the graphic ends with a question mark, or he asks a question and the graphic has a period. I can't remember, but that always drove me nuts.

Reading children's books over and over is definitely a special ring of hell.

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Date: 2017-04-26 06:44 pm (UTC)
indiefic: (Default)
From: [personal profile] indiefic
Meanwhile, our kid is sitting on the floor and playing with some blocks and being like I DON'T KNOW YOU WEIRDOS

LOL! Just wait until she starts sighing at you. That's the worst.

Also, I want to put in a plug for Piggins by Jane Yolen. I had to find a second hand copy, but it is a delightful little read.

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Date: 2017-04-25 03:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] obsession_inc
DIRE ARGUMENTS have broken out in my household over the merits of various children's books because jfc so much of it. is. terrible.

Tolerable-to-delightful by my standards:
The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
Iggy Peck, Architect / Rosie Revere, Engineer / Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
The Llama Llama books by Anna Dewdney
NEARLY EVERYTHING by Sandra Boynton (ARE YOU A COW? was one of E's favorites when she was pre-verbal) (although I cannot listen to most of the songs that she has for these because I have already made up my own tunes and we are COMMITTED to them)

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Date: 2017-04-25 03:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] obsession_inc
fyi although I enjoy the Curious George TV show when I must watch it, the books drive. me. insane. I have deep sense memories of the pictures in the books, which surprised the hell out of me, but besides feeling very uncomfortable with the imperialism going on here, there's the simple fact that if it doesn't have a tail, it's not a monkey, it's an ape, THE END.

I have watched entirely too many episodes of Wild Kratts (which has its problems but scientific inaccuracy is not one of them) to be able to deal with anything that has all the animals in Africa living in the same habitat. I blame Edgar Rice Burroughs.

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Date: 2017-04-25 08:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] paregmenon
i haven't read any books by nix, which is a problem i am soon going to fix because this book sounds amazing, oh my godddddd

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