Ellen Kushner's The Privilege of the Sword
Kelly Link wrote a blurb for this book, so I figured it was worth looking into. And it was a diverting Sunday afternoon sort of read, revolving around a young girl (in some fantasy land and time) whose eccentric and rich Duke of an uncle sends for her to make her into a swordsmen. Drama ensues, there's lots of hedonism and defending of honor, and of course the expected ending which ties up pretty much all loose ends. I'm going to stick with mildly diverting and entertaining as my sum-up.
PS. I forgot to say that we also saw alligators yesterday! There wasn't any horror-movie-style carnage, but seriously, they were just hangin' out in the wildlife refugse, right by some walking paths. Scary!!!