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Tackling The Ruins

Still plugging away at The Ruins by Scott Smith. It's still relentless. However, when I checked out the bookstore offerings tonight, wondering whether the book I recalled was the latest Liz Williams or The Orphan's Tales: In The Night Garden by catvalente and discovered that it was the Spectra trade paperback of the latter.

I'm now one book short of the full list of novel nominees for this year's World Fantasy. Only lacking the Gene Wolfe, hich means if I want to tackle all the nominees before November, I'll need to pick up Latro in the Mist (or the two individual Soldier titles) before snagging a copy of Soldier of Sidon. So, the reading list for the next few months is set. :-)

One thing I'd like to say up front about the Spectra trade version of catvalente's book is that the darn thing ways a ton! It feels like they've printed it on card stock. A nice surprise. I believe it's for the illustrations by Michael Kaluta.

I'm really looking forward to the next 2.5 months. :-)

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lonesome_crow
Aug. 18th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
Relentless in a good way?
stevenagy
Aug. 18th, 2007 11:39 am (UTC)
In a good way, yes. It's difficult to put it down and read something elese once you get far enough into it. About 10-15 pages for me when I saw the setup.

Stylistic "rules" are broken, the most obvious being show-don't-tell since you're deep inside the character's POV, and there's a lot of "I think this" and "I think that."
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