Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower by Tamsyn Muir (Subterranean, 2020); audiobook read by Moira Quirk (Recorded Books, 2020) An overtly feminist reimagining of the ‘princess waiting to be rescued’ scenario. Muir burns through tropes with scathing level-headedness, not merely empowering Princess Floralinda but awakening her. That being said, the narrative voice wavers as if somewhat unsure of its target…
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Gideon the Ninth
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (Tor, 2019); audiobook read by Moira Quirk (Recorded Books, 2019) Dark fantasy meets ensemble murder mystery. Muir’s world-building is top-notch and Gideon’s reprobate character is given exquisite voice (enhanced still further by Quirk’s audiobook reading). The interplay of warring personalities is afforded sufficient space that the various developments come across quite naturally.