Ex Libris Kirkland

Ex Libris Kirkland is my entirely self-centered way to keep track of what I read, what I like, and what I want to remember.


Recently Quoted

  • Hello, little enemy.

    an excerpt from The Stone Sky, written by N. K. Jemison in 2017

  • Alabaster was never mad; he’s just learned so much that would have driven a lesser soul to gibbering, that sometimes it shows. Letting out some of that accumulated horror by occasionally sounding like a frothing maniac is how he copes. It’s also how he warns you, you know now, that he’s about to destroy some additional measure of your naivete. Nothing is ever as simple as you want it to be.

    an excerpt from The Obelisk Gate, written by N. K. Jemison in 2016

  • When we say “the world has ended,” it’s usually a lie, because the planet is just fine. But this is the way the world ends. This is the way the world ends. This is the way the world ends. For the last time.

    an excerpt from The Fifth Season, written by N. K. Jemison in 2015

Recently Noted

  • Also, it is just so FUN. Goth swordfighters! Skeleton magic! An Agatha-Christie-style murder mystery?

    an note about Gideon the Ninth, written by Tamsyn Muir in 2019

  • Holy cats, what an inventive book. This was weird but in a very specifically accessible 2019 kind of weird way. Totally thought through, and lives up to its blurb of 'lesbian necromancers in space! the author is clearly insane.' Good job, Ms Muir.

    an note about Gideon the Ninth, written by Tamsyn Muir in 2019

  • A perfect trilogy, really. Everybody grew, changed, we got maybe a bit too much back story and explanation, but really, I'm into it.

    an note about The Stone Sky, written by N. K. Jemison in 2017

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