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Soulless: The Manga Vol. 2 (The Parasol Protectorate Manga #2)
Gail Carriger
Asymmetry (Twelve Planets)
Thoraiya Dyer
Mullumbimby Madness #1: Never Trust a Book with a Colour Cover
Neil Dobbs
The Walking Dead, Vol. 18: What Comes After
Charlie Adlard, Robert Kirkman
Sunburnt Country
Fiona Palmer
Bark at the Moon: Bert Rokey's Letters from the South Pacific, 1942-1945: How a Soldier and Sabetha, His Kansas Farm Community, Survived World War II
Cleta Gresham Rokey
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain
Girl Defective
Simmone Howell
Midnight Blue-Light Special
Seanan McGuire
My Policeman
Bethan Roberts

Goblin Secrets

Goblin Secrets - William Alexander 2.5 starsI feel like I should have loved this book. The steampunky-fantasy world had a whole pile of potential, the "acting/masque is banned" premise intriguing, and the Quest engaging enough. So why did it fall so flat? I'm still not quite sure. I think perhaps characterisation took a distant back seat to world-building, and plot a closer one, and I need characterisation in my stories. I didn't find myself barracking for Rownie particularly much at all, or caring about any of the other characters. The named goblins seemed almost interchangeable, to the point that I had trouble remembering which was which. And the ending felt sudden, garbled, and unsatisfying. Perhaps my expectations were high, as I picked it up after the award, but still this barely got past a mediocre read for me. Onward.