Apr. 15th, 2011

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Title: City of Bones
Author: Martha Wells
Genre: Fantasy
Setting: The desert city of Charisat, in the steampunk era, with magic.
Reason for Reading: I read it because I love Martha Wells, I read it NOW because [livejournal.com profile] yunafonfabre lent me her copy.
Finished In: Weeks, maybe a week and a half because I slowed myself down on purpose.
Pages: 356
Copyright Date: 2007
Cover: A shining city rising out of desert landscape. A lit procession is walking toward it.
First line: "Somewhere else, in a land shadowed by age and death, a man readies himself to look into the future for what may be the last time."
Themes: Friendship, madness, learning, outsiders.
Best part: I liked reading a fantasy with a nonhuman protagonist. Furthermore, I loved that he wasn't a dragon, unicorn, or talking horse, but rather a desert marsupial that was NOT cute.
Worst part: It lacked, in my opinion, the humor of many of Wells' works.
Imaginary Theme Song: Marco Polo by Lorenna McKennit
Grade: C+. I liked it a lot.
Recommended for: Fans of stories of desert magic.
Related Reads: The Element of Fire by the same author. Arabesque edited by Susan Shwartz.
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Title: In Too Deep
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Series: Looking Glass Trilogy, book one (part of the endless and decent Arcane Society series)
Genre: Romance with fantasy elements.
Setting: A secluded small town in Northern California.
Reason for Reading: I was stressed out by my move and needed some distraction.
Finished In: Hours
Pages: 339
Copyright Date: 2010
Cover: A manly chest bared to the breeze. Its face is cut off but probably not important - right? A house on a cliff, with a green sea in the background.
Favorite passage: "Isabella's effect on him could only be described in terms of alchemy, he thought. She was the fire that transmuted the cold iron inside him into gold. With her he could look into the heart of chaos and glimpse the ultimate goal of the ancient art, the Philosopher's Stone." (p 215) This quote made me laugh out loud. In another part of the book, during a difficult conversation Our Hero compares Isabella's effect on his brain to that of a "stealthy cyberattack." I think Ms. Krentz needs a new ghostwriter.
Themes: Cults, conspiracies, antique clocks, secret societies, psychic ability, romance.
Best part: Very diverting.
Worst part: The language. We either need a better ghostwriter or a new editor.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis.
Grade: C-. It's in that "bad enough to be funny" sweet spot.
Recommended for: Fans of romantic suspense.
Related Reads: Second Sight and Running Hot by the same author.

This book further explores the relationship between Isabella Valdez and Fallon Jones introduced briefly in a previous AS novel. I am not sure which one because at this point there are eleven. I am glad they caught on because I really enjoy them, though they may lack literary merit.

I did notice a passage in this one about how sex must be controlled by society's rules, otherwise it's too dangerous. Did Krentz' husband have an affair?


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