After yet another episode in the long and dull Quest for a TV Stand (upshot: still no new TV stand), I stopped in at Borders because, well, I was there, and I thought I should get books 3-6 of Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series while they were still all on the shelf. And what do I find, to my great squeeing, but a copy of The Grand Tour (which as-you-know-Bob is the sequel to the lovely Sorcery and Cecelia)?

It was in YA, btw, if you go look yourself. I'd have moved one to SF but they only had one left on the shelf after I grabbed mine.

This is perfect—not only did I really really want this book, I was feeling guilty that I hadn't re-read Swordspoint on the plane to prepare for the Worldcon Fantasy of Manners panel. The problem is, I don't want to re-read Swordspoint: Alex irks me, and I don't want to be irked right now. With The Grand Tour, I can feel all virtuous about reading Fantasy of Manners and still have fun doing it!

From the Noreascon 4 Preliminary Program:

Saturday 11:00am: Fantasy of Manners

How do we define it? How do we draw the line, and what is its appeal? Is it a truth (universally acknowledged...) that only women can write it?

You sure you can't make it to Worldcon?

(Kidding! But this is just the kick-in-the-pants I need to re-read Swordspoint like I've been meaning too.)

Normally I don't post separate notices of book log updates here, but having just cleared my backlog by adding seven books in one swell foop, I thought I'd make an exception this time.

There for your reading pleasure are my comments on:

  • The Hot Rock, by Donald Westlake
  • Issola, by Steven Brust
  • The Element of Fire, by Martha Wells
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, by Alan Moore
  • Deep Secret, by Diana Wynne Jones
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling

Okay, second stab at a reading list for fantasy of manners books. I've broken out mannerpunk, "honorary mentions," and unknowns. As I said in the comments thread to the last post, my personal definition of "fantasy of manners" relies heavily on style. If you disagree with something on here, I'd love to hear why—the more detail, the better—but I reserve the right to be subjective about it.

Quick definition: fantasy of manners = Swordspoint; mannerpunk = Bordertown.

I've added a few things, but only since this morning; there were several other suggestions over at sf.written that I've left off since they'd just go under "unknown."

Thanks for all the input.

Fantasy of Manners )

Honorary Mentions )

Mannerpunk )

Unknown )

This is the first stab at a reading list for the fantasy of manners / mannerpunk subgenres that I talked post-before-last. Any more suggestions, descriptions of things I haven't read, etc.? I'm hoping to put this up on a web site as a resource.

Update: superseded by new draft.

the list )

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