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review 2017-11-01 01:21
Stiletto
Stiletto - Daniel O'Malley

I did finish before the end of Halloween Bingo! This novel of VERY SECRET Secret Agents starts slowly and develops into a worthy sequel to The Rook  

 

 

 

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text 2017-10-29 00:34
Reading progress update: I've read 205 out of 580 pages.
Stiletto - Daniel O'Malley

I think I may have been too ambitious when I chose Stiletto as my choice for Darkest London. I forgot to take into account I typically don't read as much as usual in the week or so immediately post-Readathon.  So we'll see if I finish by the end of next Tuesday.

 

So far Stiletto is a well enough done sequel, but it misses the tension and the vivacity The Rook. Dissapointingly, Rook Myfanwy Thomas is a supporting character not the star of this story. I'm hopeful that the book will pick up soon since Viewpoint Character A and Viewpoint Character B have just met and will be thrown together for at least the next while (but it took 165 pages to do so). 

 

In the world of the Checquy, the Grafters, who hail from what would become the Spanish Netherlands, are the masters of biological sciences and the British excel in psychic and superhero powers. In the world of Leviathan created by Scott Westerfeld, it's the British that are the bioengineering geniuses, and the Continental powers are Clankers who excel in mechanical marvels.  While it's based on false cognates created by the Germanic-sounding names like Grootvader and Broederschap, my brain keeps flashing back to Westerfeld's world and wanting the British to be the biomasters. 

 

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text 2017-06-20 00:00
Reading progress update: I've read 59%.
Stiletto: A Novel (The Rook Files) - Daniel O'Malley

"I don't want this man getting away from us, Ingrid."

"They're doing their best, Rook Thomas."

"I know," said Myfanwy tiredly.

"Do you want some good news?"

"Desperately."

"The BBC's fashion team liked your hat."

 

See, told you she was wearing an awesomely outrageous hat.

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text 2017-06-19 18:36
Reading progress update: I've read 51%.
Stiletto: A Novel (The Rook Files) - Daniel O'Malley

At first I wasn't sure about this one because Myfanwy isn't the main protagonist, but Odette and Pawn Clements are fun to read about, and Myfanwy is very much there as a supporting character complete with outrageous Royal Ascot hat and dress.

 

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text 2017-06-11 03:33
I'd forgotten all about this one
Stiletto: A Novel (The Rook Files) - Daniel O'Malley

I finished Burn for Me earlier today, and was about to start on Etched in Bone when this popped up. I'd put it on my Overdrive queue months ago and promptly forgot all about it.

 

So many books, so little time.

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