A MCU fic with a decent but not very deep plot, low on rationale for character motivations. Pretty good period AU, though.Unsettled
by AxeMeAboutAxinomancy: As podfic, comfort listening during physical health issues this weekend.
(My cutoff for fics to count as "books" for record keeping purposes is somewhere under 25,000 words.)Reserved for the Cat
by Mercedes Lackey: Comfort reading. I think this is the low point for her copyediting and it's improved since here. (Having one section of my brain complaining about typos and punctuation and consistency errors actually makes it better
for comfort reading in some ways, because there's more there to occupy me.) I don't like any of the villain pov here; come to think of it, she cut that out of some of the later books in this series entirely, which is probably a good idea.Victorian Families in Fact and Fiction
by Penny Kane: On the Victorian demographic transition as expressed in the literary evidence. Excellent, clearly differentiates between factual and literary sources and what can be determined from them. And as I said a couple weeks ago, the Victorian era was fucking terrible, people. (Primarily: child labour, (lack of) education, and patriarchy.) (The thing is, we know
about the patriarchy (in fandom), and there was a lot of other
Really Terrible stuff happening too that gets ignored.)
Lots of things that get left out of standard pop-historical imaginings. Some of them less terrible: for example, Victorians had very late marriages (mid to late twenties, later in the middle classes and for men) and numerous remarriages after deaths of spouses. ("Two out of every five men across Europe in the nineteenth century who survived to age 50 had married and produced families more than once.")
...Huh. Come to think of it, that makes Watson's hypothetical multiple marriages a bit less implausible.The Comfortable Courtesan
by Clorinda Cathcart: Man, I'm so glad this exists. And it's officially ended, and comforting and lovely and impressive and just go read it. It hasn't been on my weekly posts before because it's just been kind of background to my life: of course
I'm reading Madame C-'s updates. And it's finished, and I am sad, but it's there to be reread whenever.In ProgressThe Seven Dials Mystery
by Agatha Christie: I glanced at the introduction to this (never read the introduction) and apparently Christie's thrillers are deprecated; I like them, and while this is clearly early and implausible it's fun.
I also have a book about Miss Marple as a character that I am going to start on.