Mike/Psmith

Wednesday reading — schoolboys

Probably my last published fiction of the year, with Yuletide opening swift approaching!

What I've been reading

I read The Luck Stone, which was a school story that P. G. Wodehouse wrote to an editorial request for something more "blood-and-thunder" than his regular school stories. Although it's mentioned in the letters collected in Performing Flea, because Wodehouse wrote to his school friend William Townend for plot help, it was not republished before this 2006 edition, probably because it is a bit terrible at being a "blood-and-thunder" story, although it is still pretty amusing at being a Wodehouse school story.

I read The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, and Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I knew a lot of people were really excited about these books and it took me a little while to get into the first one, but by the end I was pretty thoroughly sucked in. They're pretty profligate with POVs, which I sometimes found excessively choppy, but on the other hand I think they do a really nice job fleshing out the friendships among the main characters because of how they show all of them reacting to and thinking about each other. Only now I really want the next book, and the last one just came out.

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