My favorite this week is probably The Near Witch, but What Looks Like Crazy gets a very close second. The Near Witch has great onomatopoeias! I can hear the match, see the flame and smell the sulfur. It makes me feel like something tense is going on in the opening scene. What Looks Like Crazy's first lines make a great quote. Three to Get Deadly is a tad underwhelming given the excitement of the book itself. The Iron Witch sparks my curiosity to find out what exactly a Wood Monster is.
Books I'm reading for review/fun:
It was January in Trenton. The sky was gunmetal gray, and the air sat dead cold on cars and sidewalks.
As a clinical psychologist, I've spent most of my time trying to convince my clients they're not crazy. The truth is, everybody is a little bit crazy; it's just a matter of degree.
It starts with a crack, a sputter, and a spark. The match hisses to life.
My father died saving my life when I was seven years old. I wish I found it easier to remember him outside of my dreams--where of course he is tall and handsome, and over and over again saves me from the Wood Monster.
Book I'm reading for class:
There are certain idiosyncratic notions that you quietly come to accept when you live for a long time in Britain. One is that British summers used to be longer and sunnier.