My book slump continues. I’m struggling to pick anything up/…

My book slump continues. I’m struggling to pick anything up/ finish what I start. But I did managed to read these two fantastic books!

Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker

The second in the Arcadia Project series and not a standalone. Baker continues to aptly portray a person living with Borderline Personality Disorder and multiple physical disabilities within the context of a fantasy world. This time Millie has to unravel a conspiracy that reached all the way to the Unseelie court and beyond, to a time of beasts and legends. She remains something of an anti-hero, difficult and prickly, but I think Baker tries harder to show Millie’s emotional motivations in the second novel and her longing for understanding/loneliness. 4 stars.

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

What a fun and fantastic read. Back in the early 20th century, the US gov decides to introduce hippo farming to the Mississippi to deal with a meat shortage. Well and then hippos get loose and end up feral and whole parts of the river are almost unnavigable due to the ferocious beasts (did you know hippos were ferocious man eaters? We’ve all learned something today). Enter Winslow Houndstooth and his merry band of savage criminals and con artists intent on freeing OIe Miss of her hippo problem. Gailey works in great queer representation– bisexual lead, genderfluid secondary character, without any dramatics or even exposition. And the story is a rollicking, funny, adventurous good time. 4 stars.