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342, 745 Ways to Herd Cats - or Yet Another Book Challenge

heyheyrenay is holding yet another challenge - this time, to make a list of ten books I would reccomend, and read/review three off someone elses. This is more difficult than it sounds! I LIKE EVERYTHING. TEN BOOKS IS NOT ENOUGH, SIMPLY BECAUSE I END UP REJECTING ALL THE BOOKS I REALLY LOVE BECAUSE THERE ARE ONLY TEN SPACES. WHAT THE HELL GUYS.

Anyway, in no particular order:

1. Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I do not need to explain this; I need to point out that it is AWESOME, very gay in the most Victorian manner possible, and available online so YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE.
2. Larklight by Phillip Reeve
Okay, so I've only just realised I have a major Victoriana kink. The sky/space pirates kink I knew about, the steampunk kink I knew about, the thing for AWESOME, KIND, AND NOT-NECCESSARILY HUMAN PIRATES I knew about. The falling in love with a narrator (I ♥ ART), narrating voice, and loving a character I want to kick a lot (Myrtle, YOU ARE WONDERFUL BUT YOU DRIVE ME MAD), that comes and goes. But I only just realised the Victoriana kink. Huh. NEEDLESS TO SAY, all those things are in Larklight and if you don't read it I shall have to set heyheyrenay on you.
3. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
I've said most of what I could ever say about Skulduggery Pleasant here, but it bears repeating: SKELETON DETECTIVES. AWESOME TWELVE YEAR OLDS. WITTY DIALOGUE. It has issues - MY GOD, it has issues; the dialogue crackles but the description is terrible, it has many of the fantasy tropes, and some of the names can/will make you FROTH WITH RAGE if you're inclined that way - but it's a fun read!
4. The Etched City by K.J. Bishop
This book is BEAUTIFUL. I have a big language kink and basically this book presses every button. Buttons also pressed: awesome female characters, psychotic dark haired mercenary, world building that feels like different worlds and eras have melted together to beautiful effect.
5. Petshop of Horrors Volume 10 by Matsuri Akino
Okay, this is my Cunning Plan to make people read Petshop of Horrors - I mean, you're not going to read the last book in a series before you read any of the others, right? - and join in the love of a) idiot american detectives, b) mysterious sarcastic owners of a pet shop in China Town that sells animals that do on occasion look like people, c) the customers who almost invariable screw up and suffer along the way. In some ways, the stories are like morality plays or fables, but in others they're pure awesome and D and Leon snarking is one of the fabulous things about it. This is the last volume, and everything in the series comes together and comes to an end and it made my heart hurt. READ IT PEOPLE.
6. Saiyuki Volume 9 by Kazuya Minekura
The final battle of the first series of Saiyuki, and it's a toss-up between this and volume 8 as to which one is my favourite. It has Goku being the voice of reason, everyone kicking ass, and the last seen is one of the best things ever in the series. ♥
7. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
The best use of scenes-from-the-past in the history of everything, fake priests, conmen, thieves, the mafia and Locke. It all gets a little - a lot? - shaky in the middle, but it comes together by the end, and it MAKES ME HAPPY. ♥
8. Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
The Auditors of reality decide Death really should be gotten rid of, and so Death disappears and a man who is accused of being a skeleton by small children appears - a man who happens to be rather good with a scythe. BASICALLY, it is a story about Discworld's Death, and therefore it must be read kthnxbai.
9. Temeraire by Naomi Novik
DRAGONS IN THE NAPOLEONIC WARS. LAWRENCE. A DRAGON NAMED AFTER A SHIP. ABUSE OF MY HISTORY-LOVING KINK. DO I HAVE TO SAY MORE?
10. The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
Precious, obnoxious little brat summons an equally obnoxious djinni to help him take revenge on a more powerful sorceror who humiliated him. BARTIMEOUS = &hearts!

FUN STATS:
Books set before or around the 1900s (AU or otherwise): 4/10 (There was going to be a "British Empire AU" category, but I'm pretty sure that'd just end up with the same results.)
Detectives (Private, dead, or otherwise): 3/10
Starring skeletons: 2/10
... Or other bizarre/mythical creatures: 6/10 counting aliens, 7/10 counting youkai, 8/10 counting mages with bizarre hawk-things as familiars, 9/10 counting The Etched City as a bizarre mythical thing in it's own right, 10/10 if you count Sherlock Holmes himself.
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