Trying to get myself back to work this week. There is a draft of the new manuscript and that needed to be completed. Got that done, then went back and forth over the title. Still planning to have this out by year end.
Read Alix Harrow’s The Ten Thousand Doors of January and the author had me from page 1. I really enjoyed this book. It’s a different take on the multiverse concept and on portals between different universes. Oddly, what popped into my head after I finished, was how this was almost the antithesis (both in main character and what was driving the plot) of Cherryh’s Morgaine series. I particularly liked the way the main character was presented. January drove me crazy in places with her actions and decisions, but they were in character for the person that she is. I also enjoyed the writing style, the prose if you will. Intentionally flowery or ornate, it still flows smoothly. My dislikes are limited. The bad guys ended up being one-dimensional and (in one case) unnecessarily weird. The “eternal love at first sight” concept is one I have trouble with and the consequences of being shot at close range would be greater than portrayed in one scene. Overall, this is definitely worth reading.