Sleeps With Monsters: Odd and Satisfying

A while back, I worked out that I read at least fifteen books or novellas a month in the latter half of 2017, and wrote at least 10,000 words about them. That seems to be my ongoing average. Some of those books are easier to read than others—and some are easier to talk about. The books I want to tell you about this week aren’t easy to sum up: they’re satisfying, but they’re odd.

Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher—the penname of the Hugo-Award-winning Ursula Vernon—is really fun, and strangely difficult to describe. Its main characters have been condemned to death (or longterm imprisonment) for various crimes. But their city is losing a war, and losing badly. Their enemy employs “Clockwork Boys”—constructs of machinery and flesh that are practically unstoppable. Finding out how the Clockwork Boys are made, and how to stop them, is a suicide mission that’s already killed dozens. ...