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text 2018-10-22 22:10
Reading progress update: I've listened 436 out of 761 minutes.
Daughter of the Burning City - Amanda Foody

I'm intensely embarrassed for Sorina right now. First she announces that she and Luca are clearly friends. He neither agrees nor disagrees, and for some reason she decides that this is a great time to suddenly kiss him.

 

Now he's uncomfortable, she's mortified, and I've sped the narration up as much as I can without making it unintelligible.

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text 2018-10-19 17:52
Reading progress update: I've listened 347 out of 761 minutes.
Daughter of the Burning City - Amanda Foody

I'm back from the car dealership and will have to go back again next week. The part should arrive in a couple days, and I happen to have next Friday off as well (their service center is only open on weekdays), so hopefully everything will be taken care of before I go on vacation at the beginning of next month. On the plus side, it's lots of audiobook listening time, although I would have preferred to spend my days off at home, reading a book, struggling to write reviews, or watching TV.

 

Would you believe that the investigation aspect of this book has only just begun? Luca (Mr. Love Interest) and Sorina have questioned a grand total of one person. I think Luca decided the man was a possible suspect because he associates with shady people and happens to have a special ability, but those reasons are ridiculous because that would mean most of the residents of Gomorrah are suspects. I either missed a detail, or the author just threw a possible suspect out there and hoped no one would notice that Luca essentially picked someone at random.

 

 

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text 2018-10-19 02:03
Reading progress update: I've listened 236 out of 761 minutes.
Daughter of the Burning City - Amanda Foody

There are now two dead bodies, and Serena (whoops, the publisher's description tells me her name is actually Sorina) still hasn't been involved in any actual investigating, although her father swears that he's doing a "full investigation." Whatever that means, considering that both bodies have already been buried and the city itself is moving away from the locations where the murders occurred.

 

Mr. Love Interest is rumored to be uninterested in sex. I don't know how this revelation came across in the original text, but the narrator had a character mention it in what sounded like an utterly appalled tone. Apparently she can accept that one of her family members has no eyes, that another one can't breathe out of water, and another one can collapse into a boneless puddle, but not being interested in sex is just weird. -_- 

 

I have a feeling I'm not going to like how Foody handles Mr. Love Interest.

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text 2018-10-18 17:09
Reading progress update: I've listened 116 out of 761 minutes.
Daughter of the Burning City - Amanda Foody

"In Gomorrah, everyone might be treated equally, but, in the end, money divides the affluent from the rest."

 

Yes? I mean, that's the definition of "affluent." Also, I'm willing to bet that the author's definition of "equal" is a bit fuzzy. Maybe more along the lines of the Animal Farm definition of "equal."

 

I'm confused about how things work in this book. Serena (the heroine, whose name I finally caught) is the adopted (?) daughter of the leader of this traveling city. They seem to be on good terms, and Serena trusts him. However, there's also some lady readers haven't met yet who Serena takes care of and considers to be her surrogate parent. Serena has a deal set up with a shady guy who steals from audience members in her shows, allowing her to afford medication for this parental figure. Why doesn't she ask her father for help, especially since her association with this thief could result in Gomorrah being banned from places it was previously welcome? If that's really the case, she isn't just putting herself at risk, she's risking the livelihoods of all 10,000 inhabitants of this traveling circus.

 

I'm also wondering about the logistics of packing up and moving this many people. At the moment, they're being forced to do it in a matter of hours, which seems difficult to believe.

 

Edit: Oh, and a guess as to the identity of the murderer:

Serena's adoptive father either killed Gill, her illusion, himself or hired someone to do it for him.

(spoiler show)
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text 2018-10-18 01:10
Reading progress update: I've listened 93 out of 761 minutes.
Daughter of the Burning City - Amanda Foody

I believe I've made it to the obligatory love interest. I don't know his name yet, but he's currently picking a fight with some officials, a convenient (and clumsy?) way for the author to demonstrate his ability to either heal himself in an instant or hide his injuries with illusions. The heroine, whose name I can't remember, is assuming his abilities are the latter.

 

The heroine has no eyes (literally no structures where eyes would be at all), but her ability to create vivid illusions somehow allows her to see, because of course it does. I think she sees via her illusions' eyes, but I could be wrong.

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