drcpunk (drcpunk) wrote,

Recent Reading

24. Except the Queen, by Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder. Urban fantasy, enjoyable. It had a couple of the usual issues for this genre. Often, it feels like an author is just making stuff up as needed for the latest plot twist. Here, it seemed pretty clear that the authors had thought everything out, but a couple of the Chekhovian Guns needed to be placed more clearly on the mantel. Or maybe it's that I needed to see the bullets being loaded.

25. Alarums & Excursions #426.

26. Late Eclipses, by Seanan McGuire. So, I thought I was putting this one off because I was worried it might not be as good as the last. It turned out I was putting it off because I started it yesterday, finished it yesterday, and won't have another Seanan McGuire novel for months! (And, the title of the next book in the series means that I'm infected by a Talis Kimberley songworm.) Urban fantasy, sort of a cross between what I think of as old style (War for the Oaks, Except the Queen above) and new (the Dresden books). This book had sort of the same effect that Steven Brust's Issola did in the Jhereg series: A whole lot of shoes suddenly drop, and a lot of things suddenly make a lot of sense. Also, the author's got a knack for taking cliches that usually annoy me and making them work. In one case, the cliche in question worked well enough that I didn't realize until the next day that she'd used it.
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