reviews: book of imaginary beasts (22); the game

imaginarybeasts book 22: Oceans and seas
Poppies in Sawdust - Pirates and the people chasing them; things aren't always as they seem. Would love to see what happens after this story ends.
Five Days With the Bride of the Sea - I want to say that this reads like something that might be a real fairytale, but that doesn't do the story justice at all. Reminds me of the beach in early morning, when the waves are small and hushed and the sunlight seeps like water across the sand, and you're alone except for the gulls and sandpipers.
Six Feet From the Shore - A look at what it might be like, being a selkie. Also features dolphins being jerks.

When I was younger, I absolutely devoured the Mary Russell series, which is basically about a Mary Sue (or perhaps author insert?) who meets a retired Sherlock Holmes and becomes first his apprentice and later his partner & wife. Unlike Honor Harrington, the other series I was madly keen on at that time, the writing holds up pretty well in retrospect. What doesn't is the way in which Watson is discredited and shoved onto the sideline--and certain of the character's (and, I suspect after reading some of her other works, the author's) views disagree completely with mine. But there are two books in the series that I do still enjoy, both of which are really more espionage-type than mysteries, and which take place in Israel/Palestine and India. The Game takes place in India, and contains a grown up Kim (Kipling's character) and boar hunting and Sherlock Holmes as wandering prestidigitator. I don't know how accurate the portrayal of India is, but the author does a brilliant job of making you feel like you're there. (O Jerusalem is the other one, and is also quite enjoyable. I think there's a cameo appearance by Lawrence of Arabia, but it's been a while since I've read it so I could be making that up.)