Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Practically perfect. Preserves a fairy-tale feel while subverting fairy tale tropes; I can easily see why it was nominated for a Hugo this year.

Three things I learned about writing:

  • First person with naive narrator learning about the world still a great way to introduce that world to the reader
  • Can show evil influence on thoughts by transitioning those thoughts from normal to wicked slowly, taking the reader along with you
  • Short descriptions can (and should) be opinionated descriptions