In a fit of nostalgia, I spent a couple weeks audiobooking one of my favourite sets of books as a teen – Garth Nix’s Abhorsen series.
Let me give you a run-down. Sabriel: still great as an adult reader. Lirael: pretty whiny and angsty, but still good. Abhorsen: the way the plotlines all spiral together into a single supernova of a climax is still wonderful. Clariel: whinier than Lirael and almost insufferable except for the INSANE twist. Goldenhand: completely insufferable and a great example of how Nix cannot, for the life of him, write a good romance.
Anyway, before I burned out on the last two novels, I requested his two short story collections from the library to supplement my Nix marathon. Both of these collections boast Old Kingdom novellas, one of which I’ve read before, and one of which I haven’t. I kept them around for a while, hoping that I could get my motivation back after the horrible, horrible experience of Goldenhand on audiobook. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t do it. Both these gems went back to the library unread. Sorry, Garth!