I’m not really sure how to get a full blog post out of “what makes me laugh.” Should I talk about what types of humor I prefer? No, because I don’t really know. I know which things DON’T make me laugh, like over-the-top slapstick and intentionally embarrassing people, but beyond that…
Today’s topic is supposed to be how important I think education is. At first, I thought that was a stupid topic. Of course education is important. But…
Well, I’ve decided to run with it.
Stray Cats and Streetwise Orphans
I have a fondness for the streetwise orphan in fiction. It started with Dodger in Oliver! (the 1968 musical version) and continued with The Outsiders (who weren’t necessarily orphans, but didn’t seem to have much parental supervision). As an adult, I still love this character trope. There’s Mildmay the Fox in Sarah Monette’s Doctrine of Labyrinth series, Bird and Ninepin in *Lyndsay Faye’s Timothy Wilde trilogy, Rusty in Major Crimes (even though the show mostly bores me, these days)…
So today, I’m going with a book recommendation.
Or, to be more exact, a trilogy recommendation.
The Timothy Wilde Trilogy, by Lyndsay Faye
The first book in the series, Gods of Gotham, was an impulse buy for me. I was wandering around Barnes & Noble one day, just killing time, when I spotted a cover that really caught my eye.
No, it wasn’t Gods of Gotham. It was Seven for a Secret (the second book of the trilogy). It featured a man wearing a copper star, his face partially obscured by a hat pulled low. It was reminiscent of Justified, and I was intrigued.