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The Haunting of Hill House
Shirley Jackson, Laura Miller
The Mirror Empire
Kameron Hurley
The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire (Audio)
Jack Weatherford

Alanna: The First Adventure

Alanna: The First Adventure - Tamora Pierce I'm unavoidably rereading this through a haze of nostalgia, but I still think it's one of the top YA fantasies around. Pierce covers a lot of ground in a small number of pages, using an episodic format to great effect. There's a slightly overused tendency to resort to deus ex machina to move things along quicker, and the bad guys tend towards the uncomplicated and irredeemable, but the good guys are convincingly flawed and human. Dear God, though, what were the people who did the cover art for the 1983 edition thinking?