Nov. 21st, 2015

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I've just recently finished a novel by one of the authors that was an instructor at the Out of Excuses Retreat, Nalo Hopkinson.

I'd never heard of her before the retreat, and it was a true joy to get to know her and hang out with her and her adorable spouse at the airport for a few hours at the Fort Lauderdale airport. I asked her what I should start with, if I wanted to read her work, and she told me to read Sister Mine.

Sister Mine is about a pair of black conjoined twins who were separated at birth. The girls' father and paternal family are nature gods! And the girls live in Toronto. I loved the weaving of modern life and mysticism together in this book, and the unique ways in which the characters use magic and interact with the world. The dynamic between the two sisters, as well as between them and their bizarre family, was interesting and multi-faceted, and a delight to read.

I heartily recommend Sister Mine, especially if you like Urban Fantasy. If you're bored of the single sexy white girl Main Character thing that is so ubiquitous in urban fantasy these days, Sister Mine totally breaks that mold.

What are you reading these days?

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