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…My Life: Stuck Between the Suck Fairy and a Red Queen

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Dearest reader, I want you to feel positively CHERISHED. You may be asking ‘Well of course I’m cherished, I read Between the Covers every week, and no one is more cherished than me.’ and that is very very true. If you don’t read this every week, you should feel a deep sense of shame, and possibly the barest hint of self-loathing. You see, I am currently reading the forthcoming Lois McMaster Bujold, Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen which is out in February.

Now, ordinarily I don’t read books I’m planning to review this far in advance, but I am making an exception for this one. Partially because it’s Bujold and I have no willpower when it comes to her, and partially because two of my closest friends are getting married just a few days after this book comes out, and I suspect that I’ll be rather busy that weekend.

But realistically, you know it’s cause I have no willpower.

This week’s review was supposed to be the new Nightvale book which came out this week, and which I had read about half of before the interruption of the new Bujold entered my life. I was really enjoying it, and I expect I will finish it soon, but for now all I can think about is Cordelia, and /SPOILER REDACTED/ and how /SPOILER REDACTED/. So instead, I’m going to talk about the most dreaded of book-related supernatural phenomena: The Suck Fairy.

I first encountered the Suck Fairy in a post of Jo Walton’s on, and she has written that she first heard of it from Naomi Libicki and so on and so on. Though of course, I had encountered the effects of the Suck Fairy long before that. I recently reread a book I first read back in 1997 (to spare the guilty, I won’t mention the name) which I remember as charming and rather fun. What I discovered on rereading, however, was a book where the main character is raped by the love interest and she forgives him because she was silly and brought it on herself.

I kid you not.

And then there is the Suck Fairy‘s lesser known, and rarer sibling, the Awesome Fairy. The Awesome Fairy also recently reared it’s head in my life, a book I had read many years ago and really liked and had decided to revisit was actually far far better than I remembered. More on that below. In both instances of course, it was me who changed, and the respective books affected me far differently than the first exposure.

Which brings me to both what else I read this week, and my Forgotten Gem, all in one


This week Ellen Kushner launched her new serial story ‘Tremontaine.’ To prepare for it, I decided to reread her earlier book The Privilege of the Sword set in the same world of Riverside. I am an old fan of this milieu, and have a longstanding love of Swordspoint, but had always viewed Privilege of the Sword to be not quite as good for some reason.

Well, Dear Reader, I don’t know what I was thinking the first time through. I absolutely ADORED this book, and the first episode of ‘Tremontaine’ is delightful as well. From it’s first moments where Diana, the Duchess of Tremontaine sits pondering her next move. I don’t want to give anything away, but I already can’t wait for the next episode.

And now Dear Reader, I am leaving you to go back to Cordelia. Until next week!

Tracy J. Erickson

Tracy J. Erickson

Tracy Erickson has achieved one of his two childhood ambitions and now lives in a library. Sadly, Luke Perry is already married, so he has had to settle a bit on the second one. He loves chai, books, Mike' and 'Ikes and bigger books. When Mike and Ike broke up last year, he had complete faith that they'd get back together, once they realized what a horror the dating scene is.
Tracy J. Erickson

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