I think Boing Boinged is a verb now. If it isn’t, it should be. Anyway, Cory Doctorow just posted a lovely review of The Inquisitor’s Apprentice, which says this (among other things):
Chris Moriarty’s The Inquisitor’s Apprenticeis the first volume in a fantastic new historical young adult series that takes place in a turn-of-the-twentieth-century New York where magic is the key to power and the infamous robber-barons of the age have cornered the market on enchantment … Moriarty’s plotting is just fantastic, and the story itself manages to tackle difficult issues of race and class and politics without ever slowing down. Period ink illustrations by Mark Edward Geyer complete the package, giving the whole thing a deceptively lightweight, pulpy feel. It’s a great magic trick, a piece of misdirection that makes a book that’s full of weighty material zip along like a quick adventure tale. This is one of those incredibly promising first volumes that makes you hope that the writer’s got plenty more where it came from.
Nice! And the comments are interesting too. If someone’s giving out magic wands that work as advertised, I definitely want one!