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2010 Book Review

June 10, 2010

15.  White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison

Once again, a pretty typical Rachael Morgan book.  A little better than #8, mostly because it actually dealt with a lot of the angst that bogged down “The Outlaw Demon Wails.”  Although, I really felt like the resolution of the Kisten subplot was a little too rushed.  I wanted a more…  kick ass resolution.  It wrapped up so close to the end of the book that I was thinking Harrison was going to have this particular subplot hang in for another book, but then she wrapped in all up in a neat little bow.  A logical bow, considering all the previous elements, but not nearly as emotionally satisfying as I wanted.  Which I suppose was part of the point.

16.  Black Magic Sanction, by Kim Harrison

The last Rachel Morgan book until 2011.  Aren’t y’all grateful?  Each of the Rachel Morgan books explores an aspect of Harrison’s supernatural world.  Despite being a whole series about a witch, this is the first book that actually explores the witchy aspects of this world.  The laws, social structures, and some of the very real consequences of pissing off a witch.  Or a whole slew of them in positions of authority.  It’s a rather refreshing change from the repeated delves in the vampiric world and you get a lot of background which helps explain the actions and motivations of several of the main characters.  Fair warning:  This book contains the death of a much beloved character and if you’ve read the other books, it will make you fucking cry.

17.  By Heresies Distressed, by David Weber

It had been frequently pointed out that David Weber’s novels would be a lot shorter if he would cut out all of the passages which go like this “Well, this ship was very powerful with X number of cannons, with balls of Y diameter, which could shoot Z distance, and that’s cool and all, but this OTHER ship has X+5 cannons, which shoot balls of Y-5 diameter z+15 distance, and here’s all the math to explain why this scene I’m about to describe where the bad dudes get slaughtered is TOTALLY FUCKING AWESOME.”  And it usually is totally fucking awesome.  BUT!  I am personally of the opinion that Weber’s novels would ALSO be a lot shorter if he would remove the word “fact” from his vocabulary.  “In fact,” “the fact that,” “despite the fact” all have to go as well.  I noticed this while reading an Honor Harrington novel where a character mentally describes something to herself using “the fact that” and the thing she was describing is something that the character really shouldn’t have to think of as a “fact.”  It would simply BE.  Now, every time I read a Weber novel, FACT jumps out at me and does a little booty dance.  Sometimes as often as six times per page.  And now that I’ve told you that, it will happen to you, too.  MUHAHAHAHA.

The book was decent enough, by the way.  A little bland, and one of those “I’m writing this novel because I need to get some narrative out of the way to get to the next novel, which will be much cooler” novels, but not bad.  I’m already halfway through the next one.

A5.  New Spring by Robert Jordan

New Spring came out after I gave up on the Wheel of Time books, so I’d never read it.  But since Moose has all of the books on MP3, I figured I’d give them another go.  It was shorter than I expected, and there were a lot of elements of “Huh.  So that’s why that happened.”  Which is kind of the point of a prequel.  I liked learning more about Lan’s culture, but as usual, Robert Jordan makes his central female character an annoying, childish bitch, completely ignoring all previous appearances of the character.  Sure, the character in question is only 22 in this book, but she’s also living in an age where 22 is (theoretically) very mature.  We’re not talking fresh outta college kiddos, we’re talking about a culture where 17 is the age at which a young woman becomes marriageable, and 18 is considered too old to enter in Aes Sedai training.  This is probably something I’ll mention in further books, especially when I get to the book which caused me to stop reading them in the first place.  I’m sure you’re all looking forward to it.

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