posted by [identity profile] kchew.livejournal.com at 08:13pm on 12/04/2009
I liked the magic system in Territory, and the characters. I also enjoyed that I didn't know much, if anything at all, about the setting, which increased enjoyment for me. The book does scream out for a sequel.

I had high hopes for Snake Agent, and made my husband read it to see if he could help me to put my finger on what didn't work for me as it should have worked. Part of the problem was that too much was going on, from too many perspectives. The chapters were unusually short, dividing perspectives and action even further. There was no time to delve deeply into what was going on in the characters' minds, or to establish depth. From a structural point of view, in the rush to tie everything up, certain threads felt just...dropped. Perhaps Williams intends to pick them up in the next book, but there was no indication that characters were thinking "hoo boy, I'd better keep that promise to the goddess, shouldn't I, or it's going to bite me on the ass in the next book." Well, you know what I mean. So I was disappointed.

The Krugman is a surprisingly easy book to read, and this is from a woman who has economic narcolepsy. Seriously. It's short, and spends enough time establishing historical context and reasons for what he's discussing that I'm not thrown off by the economics. Stealthy! It's also short, which means that it doesn't eat up as much time as you'd think it would.

I am trying to find the right Elizabeth Bear book to start in on. Blood and Iron sounds good on the surface for me (oo! Renaissance!), but it remains to be seen if I'm going to bounce off it. I may try Dust first, because a friend really liked it.


 
posted by [identity profile] burger-eater.livejournal.com at 09:06pm on 12/04/2009
Hm. I don't want to spoil you for a book so many (other) people loved, but Blood and Iron isn't set during the Renaissance, if that's what you meant above. It's urban fantasy, set mostly in the eastern U.S. and Fairyland.
 
posted by [identity profile] kchew.livejournal.com at 09:25pm on 12/04/2009
Hellfire: meant Ink and Steel. Entry changed (thanks).

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