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Fire Logic: An Elemental Logic novel (2019, Small Beer Press) 5 stars

Earth * Air * Water * Fire

These elements have sustained the peaceful people of …

High fantasy with queer characters and hope for a better world

5 stars

How do you change the world? How do you break cycles of bitterness, revenge, and violence that drag all involved down into despair and misery, even when it temporary masquerades as "justice"?

Those questions are at the heart of this fantasy novel full of vibrant, fully realized queer characters. Each character brings their own history and personal struggles to those questions, with Marks' deft storytelling weaving them into a coherent and touching narrative.

Will definitely be reading the rest of this series asap.

The Library Book (2018) 4 stars

On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles …

Interesting history of the LA public Library

4 stars

Part history of a calamitous fire, part true crime investigation, with sprinkles of snapshots into the life of current public library workers and those of the past.

I enjoyed this book, though not really for what it was supposed to be. I feel like the investigation into the cause of the fire fizzled out quickly, a sort of non-story with no satisfying conclusion.

But the snapshots of the lives of previous and current library staff was absolutely delightful. Some real strong characters in the libraries history who really shine in this book.

Overall, interesting and enjoyable.

The Library Book (2018) 4 stars

On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles …

“librarians should "read as a drunkard drinks or as a bird sings or a cat sleeps or a dog responds to an invitation to go walking, not from conscience or train-ing, but because they'd rather do it than anything else in the world."” — Althea Warren, LA Public Library Director, 1933

The Library Book by  (Page 340)

This book has so many stories about weirdo library directors of the LA public library