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Not even willingly, it just sort of happened. Finished Conrad's Fate yesterday and Time of the Ghost just now. Eight Days of Luke tomorrow, I'm thinking.

You would think after ten years of reading and rereading Time of the Ghost would have dulled it for me by now, but no. That last page? Shivers. Every time.

I'm happy to see her remembered as a Grand Master of fantasy-- because there's no doubt that she absolutely was-- but goddamn, could she ever write good horror when she wanted to.

This is a recommendation, for people who have not read it: Time of the Ghost is a YA horror novel about loss of identity and the terrible things children do to cope with neglect, which looks like a book about evil dolls and hauntings and demon/goddess-worship. The narrator is the ghost of one of the four Melford sisters-- but she's not sure which, or why she is a ghost. Only that something is wrong.

It is a lot more disturbing then I realised as a kid, and I'm not just talking about the supernatural parts.
gwenfrankenstien: Cartoon version of Mattell's Frankie Stein doll, the teen daughter of Frankenstein's monster (korman)
Ms. Jones, wherever you are, thank you.

Thank you for helping us build our castles in the air. Thank you for the laughter and the tears, the fear and the confusion, and especially, especially for the joy. Thank you for never, ever talking down to the audience.

Thank you for Hexwood, the mindfuck from which my child-mind never really recovered. Thank you for the Tough Guide.

For Howl and Sophie, and for Millie and Christopher, and for Polly and Mr. Lynn and Hero and Mr. Piper.

For the Melford sisters. For Jamie and Helen and Joris.

Thank you for ogres and time-travellers and magic-users and giants and fairies. For worlds where magic co-exists with technology.

For all the lives, for all the worlds, thank you.

The world of Howell Jenkins and Janet and Jamie will always miss you, but here's to a long and happy life in the universe next door.
gwenfrankenstien: Cartoon version of Mattell's Frankie Stein doll, the teen daughter of Frankenstein's monster (korman)
We did our big family Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve this year, which means that I spent today alternately figuring out how to draw on a tablet (I HAVE A TABLET NOW THIS IS EXCITING) and reading through the Yuletide archive. Because god knows I have more than enough extremely tiny fandoms.
Fandoms from A-F + a couple crossovers )

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