41. "Bending the Landscape: Fantasy" edited by Nicola Griffith & Stephen Pagel*
Both for Tor.com; the Tiptree Jr. post is already up, and the Bending the Landscape post should follow soon.
42. "Hit List" by Laurell K. Hamilton
43. "Kiss the Dead" by Laurell K. Hamilton
You know what? I don't care if these books are structurally kind of a mess and the mysteries tend to just magically work out with no one really solving them in the past several installments. I've been riding it out with these characters for like, 12 years. So. I'm just not going to stop.
On the positive side, I like that the newer novels are more explicitly concerned with poly relationship dynamics, Anita's expanding bisexuality, and a more diverse cast of characters. Like, I've watched these folks grow and change for a significant portion of my adult reading life; it's kind of neat that they're discovering how to make their relationships work, and that things are gettin' full-on queer, finally. (There sure as hell aren't any other mainstream, NYT bestseller-list novels dealing with kinky, queer, polyamorous romances where people negotiate their needs with each other--while also, you know, fighting evil and maneuvering preternatural politics. I'm reminded of how awesome the world-building in the first of these books was, back when they came out.) [ETA: Apparently, Yasmine Galenorn's Otherworlds books are also kinky, poly, and queer. Might have to go check those out.]
44. "Here, We Cross" edited by Rose Lemberg
Review redacted. (Tor.com, later.)
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