I just finished Jim C. Hines's newest book, The Stepsister Scheme. It was much better than I expected, although I'd been looking forward to it. It also wasn't at all the story I'd expected.
One of the things I like and admire about Hines's books is his ability to blend light and dark. You go in thinking you're reading a fun romp about three princesses who go to rescue a prince, and by the end you've explored the strange dark places of the human heart, the appalling details of old fairy tales, and the myriad violences and passions of mother and child. And it still manages to be a fun romp, too.
It's been raining hard for two solid days here, and my work week has managed to be 100% completely crappy and it's only Tuesday, and my feet are cold, and tomorrow I have to convince the idiots at the water commission that I moved out of that house six weeks ago and paid my final bill so I don't need to be receiving past-due and shut-off notices. Life is really just a series of annoyances, isn't it?