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review 2014-02-24 16:26
"The Knife of Never Letting Go," by Patrick Ness (Full Review)
The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness
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review 2014-02-09 17:47
"Fly by Night," by Frances Hardinge
Fly by Night - Frances Hardinge

The Plot: In a politically-fractured landscape ruled by tyrannical guilds and unions, even the written word is controlled - if it doesn't have the stamp of the Stationers' Guild on it, it gets thrown in the fire (and those who've read it thrown in prison). As a result, our impetuous, ambitious heroine Mosca Mye steals, borrows, and hordes words in a world where people fear reading. When she helps rescue a silver-tongued rascal named Eponymous Clent from her village's stocks, she follows him to increase her vocabulary and also to have an adventure of her own.

 

The Good:

  • Awesomely-detailed and original worldbuilding
  • Gorgeous writing
  • Complex and morally ambiguous child heroine

 

The Bad:

  • Kind of slow-moving, plot-wise
  • Plot is very complex - and while that isn't exactly a bad thing it did slow down my reading experience
  • Couldn't really connect with the material the longer the book went on.
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review 2014-01-26 18:05
"Enchanted," by Alethea Kontis
Enchanted - Alethea Kontis
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review 2014-01-05 20:38
"Whose Body?" by Dorothy L. Sayers
Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #1) - Dorothy L. Sayers

The Plot:

Debonair aristocrat Lord Peter Wimsey, second son of the Duke of Denver, is intrigued when an architect acquaintance of his mother's discovers a naked anonymous corpse in his bathtub. Criminology is an entertaining hobby of Lord Peter's, so with the help of his skills, his detective BFF Mr. Parker, and his loyal manservant Bunter, he strives to identify the dead man, discover how the corpse came to take his unfortunate bath, and whether this has anything to do with the recent disappearance of a wealthy Jewish financier. 

 

The Good:

  • Lord Peter Wimsey is ridiculously awesome. 
  • Lord Peter's SECRET CRIME-SOLVING GADGETS, involving a walking-stick fitted with a compass, a sword, and measuring instruments; and a flashlight hidden inside a matchbox.
  • The details and wit of the period
  • A very twisty mystery

 

The Bad:

  • Anti-semitic language, in the classic, well-meaning, privileged "some of my best friends are Jewish / he's not at all a bad sort for a Hebrew" way. An unfortunate product of this novel's time. 
  • The perpetrator's long-winded confession takes a lot of wind out of the novel's ending
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review 2013-11-24 20:48
"First Comes Love," by Christie Ridgway
First Comes Love - Christie Ridgway
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