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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Nathan ended up with a better childhood than you would think, what with being the son of a black witch and a white witch in a world where white witches rule. Only one of his siblings hate him and the sanctions aren’t that bad.
Until one day they are; Torture and imprisonment become Nathan’s life, despite the fact that he’s done nothing wrong. It brings into question whether “white” is in fact equal to “good.” Nathan makes it through his time with his tormentor and escapes to find someone who can help him reach his full birthright as a witch.
Half Bad is dark and often depressing, like the later Harry Potter books. Also like the Harry Potter books, the plot twists will keep you reading and the magical world will intrigue you. Nathan is a worthy, complicated character learning not to judge a witch by their color, including his dark father.
Right after getting back from Florida I went to to Wenatchee for a library conference. I had The Boy ride along on the first leg of his journey to Spokane. He’s gone to stay with his grandparents on his father’s side to see if he can find a job over there for a while. Job prospects in Arlington and Darrington were pretty slim before the 530 Slide and they’re even more dismal now. He’s having a tough time over there. He’s lonely and really just wants to go home.
In split family drama, The Boy’s step mother reacted badly to him saying that and sent some messages to him and his grandmother. Some of what she said was negative about me. Usually I let their relationship be their relationship and just try to give The Boy perspective, but I really don’t like the badmouthing and drama that always seems to go with these blow ups, so this time I just blocked her from my life. I don’t need it and now it’s not my problem.
The conference itself was educational. I took a Video making pre-conference where I learned a lot about lighting and sound. My organization gave some really good talks–so much so that I ended up staying at those presentations rather than going to hear others, which was my intention. There was an interesting talk on reimagined spaces–something hot on our list–given by the next county over. I also got to network with a lot of cool folks, some of whom I’ve seen before, but just never got to connect with. Others I didn’t get to talk to enough. Now that I’ve been elected to the CAYAS board, I want to get to know the other key members better.
Tomorrow I’m representing Books on Bikes and the library on Bike to Work day. We’ll be giving away some library swag and have the ability to issue library cards and check out materials. Should be fun!
I’ll get a review up of Half Bad in a day or so. It was quite good.