This is a series wherein I will discuss whatever book I’m reading or have just finished that week. Feel free to post in the comments what you’re reading this week, too, or your own thoughts about the books I discuss.
2/17/11: Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
I’m only halfway through this beautifully written fantasy set in an imagined world similar to our own a couple of centuries ago, but with the addition of fairies. Nimira is a poor singer in a foreign land, chosen by a gentleman sorceror to sing with a clockwork man who plays the piano. I could say more about the plot, but I don’t want to give too much away. Basically there is some question about whether the automaton is really a machine or an enchanted man somehow trapped inside the machine.
An original concept + beautiful writing = a winner!
Here’s an example of Nimira’s voice and Jackie’s writing:
“If one spends too many hours in solitude, one starts to emote for one’s own benefit.”
Out of context, maybe this doesn’t strike you the way it did me, but I can relate to this line. Nimira had been alone in her room for a while and got a little crazy – a little emotive. I do this all the time (well, all the time when I’ve had the house to myself, which doesn’t happen all that often). When my husband takes the kids to his dad’s for a weekend, I enjoy my solitude and the quiet. But at some point, I decide I need to make some noise. So I sing show tunes or eighties songs. At the top of my lungs. With LOTS of emotion.
Okay, the embarrassing peek into my non-writing life is now over.
I return you to our regularly scheduled blog post.
(Which means I’m going back to revising Sophie – well, in between reading more of Magic Under Glass.)