After having finished “Six of Crows”, I would encourage anyone to consider the potential for SF to help us all drop our lazy assumptions about Realism, mimesis, and how any writing made up of words upon a page ever really relates to or captures some discernible, locatable "real world." As someone who prefers poetry over novels (Yep. I know I'm built that way), I turn to SF (science-fiction, weird fiction, fantasy) for the same sort of liberation from the tyrannous fantasy of the Real. Forget the mirror; look to the Lamp. Every piece of fiction is just that, fiction, and for those who read attentively and with appreciation of the power of the imagination. Dickens's London in “Bleak House” and Eliot's “Middlemarch” are just as artificial and speculative and weird as Carroll's “Looking Glass” world or Stoker's “Transylvania” or Barrie's “Neverland” or Mirrlees “Lud-in-the-Mist” or Jack Vance's “Dying Earth” or Peake's “Gormenghast” or China Mieville's “New Crobuzon”. All of these fantastic places are projections of the imagination. All of them hold prime value in the way they transport us away from our easy assumptions about what is real and then return us, much changed.
If you're into romancy SF, read on.
First 3/4 of the book I had the Mission Impossible soundtrack running through my head, then I was humming no more as everything in motion went splat in their faces. You can hear it now can't you. :D It was mission impossible, for these characters,who set out to change their lives by risking their lives. I liked all the characters. all were well developed and full of personality quirks. For me the book was a winner, that I never got to sit down long enough with.
I read this book at the wrong time to fully enjoy-Thanksgiving, hoard of visitors, busiest time at work, loss of a beloved pet, and Black Friday-and to top it off I had a cold. I may not have gotten a chance to love it but I couldn't put it down with everything in my little world going against it. The way this book was written is my kind of audiobook. Yes, I am re-reading it on audio for my second read and I know I will be able to enjoy it much more.