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Re: 2017 Reading Challenge

PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:49 pm
by DrG2
57. The Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman. *****. It's a prequel to "Practical Magic" which I only know from the bad movie.
This novel follows three siblings (2 sisters and a brother) who are born with magical ability. It follows them from their youth to old age (I'm not sure which of the characters will move on to "Practical Magic"). Told with a "contemporary adult fairy tale" kind of omniscient narrator. The family is clearly the "character" of the novel for none of the siblings dominate (the brother disappears for the last 1/3 or so, but he has a daughter and then grandchildren which flow in and out of the story.

It was very good. Made me "misty" at the end.

Re: 2017 Reading Challenge

PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:18 pm
by DrG2
58. Hannibal Rising, by Thomas Harris. ****. The backstory of Hannibal Lecter (of Silence of the Lambs, etc.). He was traumatized as a 13 y.o. by the chaos/violence that surrounded the end of world war II (which included the death of all of his family).

I dunno. The writing was fine, but it's basically giving Lecter a "reason" for becoming a cannibalistic serial killer.

59. Kings of the Wyld, by Nicholas Eames. A fantasy novel where the premise is that mercenary groups were treated like "rock bands". It keeps coming back to that "We gotta get the band back together" The inciting event is when one of the retired mercs goes to one of his friends "to get the band together" to rescue his daughter, who is in a besieged city. The writing isn't bad, but the premise got on my nerves and I quit reading about 1/3 of the way in. The author's "ideal author" was Ed Greenwood, who wrote D&D game content and some novels. So, if you like that, this would be a good choice. It read way too much like a D&D adventure to me.

Re: 2017 Reading Challenge

PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:19 pm
by DrG2
60. An Essence of Malice, by Ashley Weaver. A "cozy" mystery set in 1930s (goes from Lake Como to Paris). Amateur sleuths Amory and Milo Ames try to find the murderer of the boss of Milo's old nursemaid. Written well.