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Leah S. Baird is a native of Kentucky and a graduate of Berea College with a degree in Theater. She has been by turns a weaver, a costume designer, a tour guide, an animal handler, a jewelry maker, an actor, a switchboard operator, a corporate drone, and a cash register jockey. She has been telling stories all her life, including the one when she was seven about how it was totally someone else that drew on her jeans with magic marker. She's been getting into trouble over her stories ever since, up to and including getting married because of them.
Currently she lives in Maryland with her partner, Joy, their cat, Tseng, and their action figure collection, Legion. She is a dragon-year Cancer, a believer in mountain folk magic, a player of video games and a baker of cookies. She is not the famous silent film star you will find when you google her name. She enjoys dressing up as other people and talking about herself in the third person. Her hair is often pink. You've probably read some of her fanfic.
on Aug. 06, 2013 :
This is a fantastic read. I'm not sure I can recommend the book much better than the available sample already does, so if you have a short attention span, stop reading this and start reading that! I was seriously considering buying the book by the third sentence, and by the time I reached the end of the sample I was utterly hooked and bought the rest of it without a second thought. I definitely didn't regret that decision.
Though there are small typos scattered here and there throughout, I didn't find them all that harmful to my overall enjoyment of the text. This is rare for me; I think it was mainly because I found the highly sophisticated, lyrical writing style to be delightful. The amount of description and worldbuilding was great, but the pace of the story definitely wasn't slow––the action starts from page one and continues all the way through. I'm a big fan of good characters, and this book has those in abundance, too: many of the characters, major and minor, have the sort of magnetic personalities (complete with their own drives and secrets) that make a book complex and addictive like nothing else can.
I would particularly recommend this book to lovers of queer fiction and/or music (there was one music-related one-liner that had me cackling like mad at 3 AM, terrifying my roommate). This book quickly moved pretty high on my list of favorite titles, and I intend to buy a print copy as well in the near future.
(reviewed 84 days after purchase)