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50 Book Challenge: #4

Kristin Cashore, Graceling

WHOOSH! (That's the book galloping by).

I don't know why it took me over a week to finish: possibly because much of last week I spent in a bit of a funk being tired and depressed and preoccupied and consequently was falling asleep over my book at night and not getting much reading done. But that's by the by.

It was thoroughly enjoyable. Likeable (why is LJ spellcheck balking on that word?) characters, a very intriguing system of magic/special powers, a believable romance. I was mildly underimpressed, based on the advance buzz on it. Much of the YA sf community seemed to be gushing about it, but it left me with a feeling that I wanted more, which is what I mean when I say it galloped by. The action felt rushed. The main climax (overcoming the Big Bad) was just "zap" and it was done. I'm usually grateful when a fantasy is a stand-alone and the first book in a series isn't all about establishing the characters and setting and creating a lot of suspense for the next two, but with this book I would have maybe liked a little more of that and less breathless action that once or twice left me flipping back through going "what just happened?" I liked it enough that I think I'll read the next one, except that I think I've read people saying that the next one isn't as good... Anyway. It was fun. I definitely liked it a lot; I just didn't love it.

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lady_schrapnell
Jan. 30th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of people actually liked the next (i.e. previous) one more - though I don't know that I did. There were things I liked more about Fire, but the whole question of the rightful possessors of power (the Rightful Heir and more) kind of got to me as well. The overcoming of the Big Bad could be said to be less zappy, but I also felt a bit that the Big Bad (person) was a bit unnecessary. I'd be very interested to see what you thought if you did read it though! (I owe you an email, BTW - every time I try to sit down and do emails, something happens. Soon.)
intertext
Jan. 30th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
Well, I think I'll probably read Fire, either when it comes out in pb, or when I can get it at the library. I enjoyed Graceling - maybe more than the above would suggest. I think she writes well, and the characters are interesting.

Do you "owe" me an email?? Not that I'm turning one down - I'll look forward to it ;-)
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